Introduction to the London Stage

University of Roehampton

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Introduction to the London Stage

  • Host University

    University of Roehampton

  • Location

    London, England

  • Area of Study

    Acting, Theater, Visual Arts

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • UK Credits

    10 - 20
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 5
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4.5 - 7.5
  • Overview

    Learning Outcomes
    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
    critical perspectives
    * 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
    theatre studies
    * 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
    Lectures 10%
    Seminars 50%
    Workshops/group research 20%
    Tutorials/ Supervised
    independent research 20%
    Coursework Portfolio 100%

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