1 x 1.5-hour lecture weekly
1 x 1.5-hour workshop weekly
Enrolment not permitted
1 of DRAM2005, DRAM2006, DRAM3500, DRAM3501 has been successfully completed
Topic description

This topic is initially concerned with the emergence of the director in modern theatre. This includes a study of some of the major stylists, theorists and practitioners in Europe and the United Kingdom from 1880 to 1950. Some of these will be Appia, Gordon Craig, Jarry, Stanislavski and Brecht.

Educational aims

This topic aims to:

  • Introduce a range of historically and stylistically significant 19th and 20th century landmark performances and demonstrate their implications for subsequent theatrical development
  • Introduce the development of the director's role through a range of key dramatic theorists, stylists and practitioners from Europe, the United Kingdom and the United States from 1880 to 1950
  • Provide students with the opportunity to develop an historical perspective by recognising, articulating and evaluating these theories and performances in the light of current theatre practice
  • Develop students' ability to think, speak and write about performance in a critically engaged, aesthetically informed and ethically responsive manner
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a close knowledge of the set theatrical texts and their landmark presentations and have an understanding of their significance in relation to the recent history of drama and, in particular, the emerging concept of the director from 1880 to 1950
  2. Apply appropriate aesthetic criteria and historical perspective in analysing performances and the cultural contexts from which they have come
  3. Contribute to group discussion and respond constructively
  4. Research, formulate and present seminar papers and essays in a clear, coherent and confident manner