You choose your own pathways through years two and three, with a variety of strands that link modules, including text-based or non text-based performance, traditional or contemporary practices, theoretical or practical understanding, historical or emerging practices, and different spaces, places and cultures.
Year one is a wide-ranging practical and theoretical introduction to drama and performance. Modules explore key performance-based practices and dramatic genres from a variety of times and cultures. Single Honours students are introduced to a range of 20th and 21st-century avant-garde and experimental performance as well as performer-training, alongside a study of key ideas and ways of thinking about and making drama and performance.
In year two, Drama and Theory, a core module for all students, provides a guide to ideas about language, gender, the body and audience. Optional performance-based modules include: Naturalism and Anti-Naturalism which explores key dramatic practices from the 19th century through to the present; Devising, which explores a variety of methodologies for creating solo and group performance work; Shakespeare in Performance, which combines textual and performative study of classic texts in contemporary contexts; Carnival and the Carnivalesque, which studies a range of popular performance traditions; and Contemporary Theatre in Britain, which surveys a range of current text-based theatre.
Year three offers you increased independence in your studies and the opportunity to focus more closely on your own interests. The Drama Research Project (core for Single Honours students) is an extended independent study; Engaging with Creative Industries enables you to develop professional skills alongside a study into a particular working environment; the Drama Performance Project (Single Honours only) invites a group of students to form an ensemble and to engage in all aspects of staging a public production; Narrative in Performance asks you to consider ways in which stories are told in performance; in Popular and Political Theatre you study both text-based and non-text-based popular performances that invite audiences into political discourse; Writing for Performance engages you in a variety of approaches to writing for and about the theatre; Key Practitioners and Dramatists engages you in an exploration of leading figures in theatre and drama linked to contemporary programming; Live Art asks you to consider performance that breaks preconceived rules and pushes at the boundaries of performance practices; and Independent Performance Practice invites you to engage in making your own work informed by contemporary thinking and emerging professional practices.