Module Identifier DR10120  
Academic Year 2004/2005  
Co-ordinator Dr Alison Forsyth  
Semester Semester 1  
Co-Requisite DR10220  
Course delivery Lecture   20 Hours  
  Seminars / Tutorials   10 Hours  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam2 Hours  40%
Semester Assessment 2 Essays (2000 words each)  50%
Semester Assessment Class Contribution  10%
Further details For information on due dates for submission of assessed work, please refer to the departmental web pages at  

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of this module students should be able to:


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.

Students should note that they will be expected to pay for the cost of their theatre tickets for the selected performances for this module (approx #15)

For information on due dates for submission of assessed work, please refer
to the departmental web pages at


Reading Lists

** Essential Reading
Chekhov, The Cherry Orchard (Penguin Edition available in bookshop)
Racine, Phaedra (Nick Hern edition)
Buchner, Woyzeck (Nick Hern edition)
Jarry, Ubu Roi (Nick Hern edition)
Wycherley, The Country Wife (New Mermaids available in bookshop)
** Recommended Background
Stanislavski, An Actor Prepares
Stanislavski, Building a Character
Barton, J (1984) Playing Shakespeare (Methuen)
Bate and Jackson, (2001) The Oxford Illustrated History of Shakespeare on Stage (Oxford)
Walton, M (1998) The Greek Sense of Theatre: Tragedy Reviewed (Methuen)
Styan, J L Modern Drama in Theory and Practice - Volumes 1,2, and 3 (Cambridge University Press.) This is an excellent trilogy to put twentieth century theatre history into clear perspective.
Brook, P (1990) The Empty Space (Penguin)
Wallis and Shepherd, (1998) Studying Plays (Arnold)
Brown, J Russell (ed) (1997) Oxford Illustrated History of the Theatre (Oxford)
Styan, J L Restoration Comedy in Performance (Cambridge)
** Essential Reading
Shaw, Heartbreak House (Penguin)
The READER that accompanies this course will be available form the departmental office
Shakespeare, The Winter's Tale (Arden edition available in bookshop)
A play to be selected from London Assurance and Other Victorian Comedies edited by Klaus Stierstarfer (Oxford paperback available in bookshop)
Euripides, Medea (Penguin edition available in bookshop) translated by Vellacott
You should also familiarise yourself with various texts we will be considering in a general discussion of "adapting" novels for the stage These are William Golding's "Lord of the Flies" and Charles Dickens' "Hard Times" and "Great Expectations"


This module is at CQFW Level 4