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Drama Studies (Joint Honours) BA (Hons) year two modules

The Drama Studies (Joint Honours) 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.

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.

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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