Module Identifier DR33520  
Module Title ASIAN THEATRE  
Academic Year 2000/2001  
Co-ordinator Dr Daniel Meyer-Dinkgrafe  
Semester Semester 2  
Pre-Requisite DR10120 , DR10220  
Course delivery Lecture   18 Hours 9 x 2 hour lectures  
  Workshop   2 Hours 1 x 2 hour practical workshop  
  Practical   4 hour workshop with an Asian theatre artist  
Assessment Exam   2 Hours   60%  
  Essay   Essay (2500 words)   40%  

- To develop an understanding of theatre practice in India, Japan, and China;
- To develop methodology and vocabulary relating to relevant theories and practices of Asian theatre;
- To gain direct experience of one aspect of Asian theatre through a workshop with an Asian performer.

Learning Outcomes:

Typically, upon completion of this module a student will be able:

- To demonstrate a clear understanding of theatre practice in India, Japan and China.
- To apply methodology and vocabulary relevant to issues of discussion regarding Indian, Japanese and Chinese theatre.
- To relate their direct experience of Asian performance to the theories discussed.


Three two-hour sessions each on Indian, Chinese and Japanese drama and theatre: historical surveys, theatre aesthetics, focus on one text each

Reading Lists
** Recommended Text
Brandon, James (Ed.). (1997) The Cambridge Guide to Asian Theatre. Cambridge University Press
Mackeras, Colin. (1983) Chinese Theatre: From its Origins to the Present Day. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press
Richmond, Farley. (1990) Indian Theatre. Traditions of Performance. Honolulu: University of Hawaii press
Yarrow, Ralph. (2000) Indian Theatre: theatre of origin, theatre of freedom. London: Curzon
Ortolani, Benito. (1990) The Japanese Theatre: From Shamanistic Ritual to Contemporary Pluralism.. Leiden: E. brill
** Essential Reading
Photocopied handout containing theoretical texts and play scripts. Available from the Departmental Office any time during the academic year.