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Drama Studies BA (Hons) year two modules

The Drama Studies BA (Hons) modules listed below give you a flavour of what is available during your second year of study.

Year two (Level 5)

Drama and Theory
This lecture and seminar-based module explores the relevance of critical theory for drama studies. The module surveys some of the major available theoretical frameworks, providing you with a critical vocabulary appropriate to the analysis of dramatic texts, their realisation in performance and as films. The module is designed to enable you to develop independent learning, in particular the development of research skills leading toward a sustained piece of critical writing in preparation for the final year Research Project. This module is compulsory for all Drama students.

You will take the above module and choose from:

Directing 
Directing is a module that is intended to provide the main rudiments of direction, and to nurture your skills as emerging practitioners. In this way, you will be introduced to a range of methodologies, and encouraged to find your own directorial style. The principle focus of the module is to develop and stage a 20-minute directing project. You are given the freedom to select your own text to be directed and you will be supported in managing the rehearsal process through to the final staging of the project. A feature of this module is its engagement with professional practice, thus the module will be underpinned with professional development workshops and critical discussion.

Devising
You will make performances generated from your own material, by learning theoretical and practical research methods. You will make two performances – one solo and one collaborative. In order to do so you will be taught a series of approaches through practical exercises. The module will also include a written submission in which you will critically analyse the process and final works, as well as providing evidence of research and independent learning.

Drama Performance Project
This module enables you to gain valuable experience working as a theatre company, whilst providing the opportunity to stage a text, or a devised performance, under the tutor. In doing so you will engage with a model of production that aims to build on your understanding of performance making, develop your performance skills and offer a further insight into textual analysis, and the in ensemble making. In 2016, and supported by #DMUglobal, students on the module travelled to Liège in Belgium to perform work based on Craig Taylor’s One Million Tiny Plays About Britain as part of an annual international festival of university theatre.

Naturalism and Anti-Naturalism
This module offers you the opportunity to explore ideas and concepts relating to Naturalism and Anti-Naturalism by staging key play texts. The module invites you practically to engage in the acting techniques and methods of Naturalism, and to consider how these tenets and stage practices were subsequently overturned by the development of modern, post-modern and post-dramatic theatre. By examining in practice dramatic notions of character, narrative, time and space, the module investigates how stage plays were approached by the Naturalists in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and, subsequently, why playwrights and dramatists began to lay challenge to these dramatic constructions and to question the role of the stage in the shaping of human experience.

Shakespeare in Performance
In this module you engage with modern Shakespeare productions as a reflection of contemporary performance cultures. Plays will be studied in depth as a way of exploring how theatre (as well as television and film) productions and Shakespearean performance criticism relate to gendered, political, psychological, artistic and other social contexts. Exploring the way Shakespeare is a cultural, performance, national, and pedagogical icon will contribute to a theorized understanding of productions and adaptations of Shakespeare's plays.

Devising
You will make performances generated from your own material, by learning theoretical and practical research methods. You will make two performances – one solo and one collaborative. In order to do so you will be taught a series of approaches through practical exercises. The module will also include a written submission in which you will critically analyse the process and final works, as well as providing evidence of research and independent learning.

Drama in the Community
This module will introduce you to the realm of applied theatre and the way in which drama has a function outside formal theatrical settings as a means of engagement and communication within society. You will also have the opportunity to start developing your practical skills in workshop facilitation. You will start by exploring some of the theories which underpin applied theatre practice and the cultural, social and political history which has informed its development. You will research and reflect on the work of influential companies and practitioners in the fields of community theatre, theatre with young people, theatre in prisons and theatre with marginalised communities and groups. Having undertaken practical exploration of the methodologies used by key practitioners, students will be able to develop their own practical skills as facilitators/devisers within a structured framework.

Note: All modules are subject to change in order to keep content current

 

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Year two students staging Beckett's Waiting for Godot as part of the module Naturalism and Anti-naturalism.

 
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