Popular Theatre and Performance

Queen Mary, University of London

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Popular Theatre and Performance

  • Host University

    Queen Mary, University of London

  • Location

    London, England

  • Area of Study

    History, Theater, Visual Arts

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • UK Credits

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

    Credits: 15.0
    Overlap: None
    Prerequisite: None

    This module examines a wide range of theatrical contexts, histories and forms, in order to investigate the meanings of the term `popular¿. The module might cover, for example, the theatre of Ancient Greece, Medieval guild drama, Commedia dell Arte, Elizabethan commercial theatre, melodrama, blackface minstrelsy, folk theatre and ritual, Chinese Opera, Kabuki theatre, Broadway musicals, applied theatre, immersive theatre, commercial entertainment, the avant-garde and `unpopular¿ theatre forms. Interrogating the concept of the `popular¿ requires that you acknowledge how the socio-economic conditions in which particular theatre forms emerged have contributed to how social hierarchies can be formed and imagined at the theatre. The module aims to helps you to contextualise your study of contemporary theatre practices within a range of historical legacies and traditions, and to help you feel confident about working with a range of historical objects, documents and forms of evidence.

    Assessment: 100.0% Coursework
    Level: 4

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