Module Identifier DR10120  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator Dr Daniel Meyer-Dinkgrafe  
Semester Semester 1  
Co-Requisite DR10220  
Course delivery Lecture   20 Hours  
  Seminars / Tutorials   10 Hours  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam2 Hours For information on due dates for submission of assessed work, please refer to the departmental web pages at
Semester Assessment 2 Essays (2000 words each)  50%
Semester Assessment Class Contribution  10%

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of this module students should be able:

to respond analytically to a range of theatrical texts and modes of live performance
to articulate an awareness of relationships between texts, performances and cultural contexts
to demonstrate an understanding of key concepts and methodologies within theatre and performance studies


Texts and examples of theatrical and performance practices from the Western theatrical tradition, with particular attention being paid to the following aspects and concepts: the actor; the director; the audience; performance.
A reading list is provided but other selected performances and readings will be announced at the beginning of the academic year.


To examine some of the methods and problems of studying theatre and performance
To examine certain key aspects and concepts of Western theatre and performance, in their historical, social and intellectual contexts
To apply these concepts to a series of exemplary dramatic and performance texts

Reading Lists

** Essential Reading
Ibsen, H A Wild Duck
Buchner, G Woyzeck
Wycherley The Country Wife
Shakespeare, W Romeo and Juliet
Jarry, A Ubu Rex
Racine Phaedra
Chekhov The Cherry Orchard Oxford University Press
** Recommended Background
Brown, J Russell (Ed) (1997) Oxford Illustrated History of the Theatre Oxford
Wallis and Shepherd (1998) Studying Plays Arnold
Tourneur The Revenger's Tragedy
Whiting Saint's Day
Brook, P (1990) The Empty Space Penguin


This module is at CQFW Level 4