Introduction to the London Stage
University of Roehampton
Area of Study
Acting, Theater, Visual Arts
Taught In English
Course Level Recommendations
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UK Credits10 - 20
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3 - 5
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4.5 - 7.5
Hours & Credits
Students who successfully complete this module will have acquired:
* Knowledge and understanding of a range of dramatic, theatrical and performance practices
and developments from a variety of national and international, historical and contemporary
* Knowledge and understanding of the processes through which theatrical performance has
been constructed, circulated and received throughout a variety of historical and cultural
* Knowledge and understanding of the relationship between dramatic texts, theatrical
institutions and performance conventions from a variety of genres and within and across
different cultural and historical contexts;
* Skills in analysing, interpreting and evaluating dramatic and theatrical texts from a range of
* Skills in the identification of performance possibilities within dramatic texts
* a grounding in a variety of conceptual and theoretical approaches to the consideration of
drama and theatre as a cultural and social activity
* a grounding in key developments in theatre history, and the ability to interrogate the
'centrality' of particular elements within this tradition
* competence in study, research, and writing skills appropriate to degree level drama and
* skills in the organisation of materials and arguments in assessed work.
Students will gain:
* An understanding of theatre and drama as cultural activity, and examine theatre as a social
* developed skills in reading dramatic texts, with particular attention to conditions of
* Skills in critical analysis and writing about drama, theatre and performance
* A considered exploration of the nature of performance, and the role of dramatic
representations in the construction of social identities and ideologies
* An introduction to a range of key dramatic texts, and to practices of critical reading that are
informed by an awareness of specific dramatic conventions
* An introduction to a range of approaches to the understanding of theatre and drama, derived from a variety of disciplines, such as aesthetics, anthropology, cultural studies, historiography, semiotics, politics, psychology
A range of issues and materials will be studied on this course, for example:
* key British playwrights, practitioners and companies, such as: Harold Pinter, Tom
Stoppard, Caryl Churchill, Conor McPherson, Stephen Daldry, Sam Mendes, Royal
Shakespeare Company, National Theatre, Royal Court, Complicite,
* historical development of British performance
* staging British idenitities ? different notions of Britishness, how British idenitities are
constructed and represented on the London stage, analyisng British ?identity? through
notions of class, gender, ethnicty, region and culture.
* different forms and conventions; tribunal theatre, verbatim theatre, site specifc theatre.
* theatrical responses to significant national and international events and issues - 9/11, the war on terror, terrorism, New Labour,
* different kinds of theatrical institutions that operate within the capital; e.g. subsidised and non-subsidised theatre, the fringe, West End, regional repertory companies, festivals.
* the West End Musical: the ?book? musical, the ?concept? musical the mega musical, the ?jukebox? musical, the rock musical, the musical as product and commodity.
* the Globe Theatre: the Shakespeare experience and contemporary theatrical revivals of Shakespeare?s plays
Teaching and learning methods
Workshops/group research 20%
independent research 20%
Coursework Portfolio 100%
Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
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