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.
In year one, modules provide wide-ranging practical and theoretical introductions to the study of drama and performance. Modules explore key performance-based practices and initiate degree-level study of dramatic genres from a variety of times and cultures. Single Honours students are introduced to a range of twentieth and twenty-first 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, you will develop the skills gained in the year one. Drama and Theory, a core module for all students, provides a guide to ideas about topics such as 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 a 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 their studies and the opportunity to focus more closely upon your interests: the Drama Research Project (core for single honours students) is an extended independent study; Engaging with Creative Industries enables students 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 students to consider ways in which stories are told in performance; Popular and Political Theatre invites students to study both text-based and non text-based popular performances that invite audiences into political discourse; Writing for Performance engages students in a variety of approaches to writing for and about the theatre; Key Practitioners and Dramatists engages students in an exploration of leading figures in theatre and drama linked to contemporary programming; Live Art asks students to consider performance that breaks preconceived rules and pushes at the boundaries of performance practices; and Independent Performance Practice invites students to engage in making their own work informed by contemporary thinking and emerging professional practices.