1 x 1-hour lecture weekly
1 x 1-hour tutorial weekly
1 x 1-hour film screening weekly
Assignment(s); Tutorial participation.
Topic description

As an introduction to the history and theories of performance, this topic examines a range of genres and styles as well as the relationships between text and performance. It also examines performance as text and aims to develop students' skills in reading both text and performance while encouraging cogent discussion skills and the ability to write analytically, critically and creatively.

Educational aims

This topic aims to:

  • Assist students to make the transition to university life and help them understand the value of learning with peers and colleagues
  • Introduce students to a range of historically and stylistically significant drama texts and demonstrate their implications for theatrical performance
  • Develop students' critical thinking and their ability to consider key issues in both group settings and individual study
  • Develop students' research and writing skills in a variety of forms
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a close knowledge of the set texts and understand their significance within the history of drama
  2. Contribute to group discussions including presenting seminars
  3. Apply research skills to formulating essays and seminar papers
  4. Produce a written review after attending a theatre performance