Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Contemporary British and Irish Drama
Academic Year
Semester 1
Successful completion of Part 1
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 10 x 1 Hour Lectures
Seminar 10 x 1 Hour Seminars


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment 1 x 3000 word essay  50%
Semester Exam 2 Hours   2 Hour Written Exam  50%
Supplementary Assessment 1 x 3000 word essay  Failed components of assessment must be resubmitted to a new title or retaken.  50%
Supplementary Exam 2 Hours   2 Hour Written Exam  50%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

  • To show an analytical understanding of a range of dramatic texts and production issues.
  • To organize informed and original arguments reflecting research and independent thought in the subject area of the course.
  • To demonstrate an intelligent awareness of current debates about the social purpose and ramifications of drama in a period under review.

Brief description

This module offers a detailed exploration of a selection of recent British and Irish drama texts, within a cultural and political context. Students will be given the opportunity to consider theatrical problems and consequences of previous and possible productions. Through directed reading and weekly discussions students will be encouraged to develop original ideas about the specifically theatrical dimensions and demands of the texts under review.


Course delivery:

Lecture: 10 x 1 hour lectures
Seminars / Tutorials: 10 x 1 hour seminars

The series of lectures and associated seminars will focus on the following content:

Lecture 1: Stuck in the Teeth of the Machine: debbie tucker green's random, and Kelleher on green/Politics

Lecture 2: What a Wonderful World: Philip Ridley's Mercury Fur

Lecture 3: Sarah Kane’s Crave and 4.48 Psychosis, and (Legends Renewed 1): Kaite O’Reilly’s Woman of Flowers

Lecture 4: Country Life: Jez Butterworth's Jerusalem (and some reference to The River) 

Lecture 5: City Life: Alistair McDowall’s Pomona

Lecture 6: Ed Thomas’s Gas Station Angel

Lecture 7: 'It's incidents like this does put tourists off Ireland': Martin McDonagh's The Lieutenant of Inishmore and Mark O'Rowe's Howie the Rookie

Lecture 8: Legends Renewed 2: David Rudkin's Red Sun and Merlin Unchained

Lecture 9: Tim Price's The Radicalization of Bradley Manning

Lecture 10: Catastrophic Bodies and Landscapes: Howard Barker's The Forty (and some reference to The Bite of the Night)

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number
Communication The ability to communicate ideas effectively in written form is directly assessed. The work done in seminars develops oral communication skills although this is not directly assessed.
Improving own Learning and Performance Self-regulation, motivation and time-management skills are developed through the module and are demanded for the successful completion of its assignments. These skills are directly assessed through both Assessments.
Information Technology The ability to utilize technology both in the research for and delivery of written assignments is assessed directly Assessments.
Personal Development and Career planning Transferable skills (managing personal workloads and meeting deadlines, designing and realizing research project) are developed through the completion of assessments tasks.
Problem solving Analytical problem solving, outcome recognition and the identification of appropriate strategies and procedures are encouraged and assessed across the duration of the module.
Research skills Appropriate personal research and the development of effective personal research practices are directly assessed through both Assessments.
Subject Specific Skills See QAA Dance, Drama and Performance Subject Benchmark Statement (Version 2007). The following subject specific skills are developed and partly assessed: * describing, theorising, interpreting and evaluating performance texts and performance events from a range of critical perspectives * developing skills of observation and visual, aural and spatial awareness * considering theories of spectatorship and developing an awareness of the audience or client group for performance and an ability to respond and adapt to it through flexible means * engaging in research, whether independent, group or performance-based * identifying and interpreting the cultural frameworks which surround performance events and on which these events impinge, and taking these into account in creating and/or interpreting performances * making records of performance, using skills in notation and/or documentation
Team work Effective group work through negotiating ideas and opinions is addressed through the seminars and seminar presentations.


This module is at CQFW Level 6