1 x 2-hour seminar weekly
72 units of topics
Topic description

This topic introduces aspects of dramaturgical practice in theatre production, with a focus on new writing for performance. Dramaturgy involves applying skills in research and analysis to theatre production. It includes study of the culture, society and conventions that form the context of play scripts, and an enquiry into the significance of making theatre for audiences today. What kind of world does the play represent? How is that world best represented on stage? And what will make the play work in the theatre for an audience today?

Educational aims

This topic aims to:

  • Outline developments in the history, theory and practice of dramaturgy
  • Introduce aspects of dramaturgical practice, including new writing for performance
  • Provide students with an opportunity to develop skills in dramaturgical research and analysis
  • Develop students appreciation of new writing for performance
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of key developments in the history, theory and practice of dramaturgy in theatre production
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of aspects of dramaturgical practice, with reference to new performance
  3. Demonstrate skills in applying research and analysis to theatre production
  4. Demonstrate an appreciation of new writing for performance

Key dates and timetable

(1), (2)

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