The Play Today

Kingston University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    The Play Today

  • Host University

    Kingston University

  • Location

    London, England

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Successful completion of prior study in drama.

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Course Content:

    Students study British plays in their cultural and theoretical contexts from the 1950s to
    the present day, with particular emphasis on the ?In-Yer-Face? Drama

    Taking the establishment of the English Stage Company at the Royal Court in the midfifties
    as a starting point, students will study key plays and playwrights in the process
    acquiring an accurate overview of the styles of writing that have been most acclaimed,
    influential and/or controversial in recent decades. Particular attention will be paid to
    British playwriting in the 1990s and the origins, impact and aesthetics of the In-Yer-Face

    Students will also consider the impact of cultural and institutional policies, such as the establishment of the Arts Council and the young writer's programmes at various
    subsidised theatres - the Royal Court, Soho Theatre - in shaping contemporary drama, its
    forms and principal preoccupations.

    Teaching: Lectures, Seminars and Workshops

    ? 15 min Group Presentation
    ? 2500 ? 3000 word Essay

    Study Option 1 = Whole Year
    Study Option 2 = Autumn
    Study Option 3 = Spring/summer

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

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Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.

Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.


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