In addition to the specialist Drama modules all students also undertake core modules. These are designed to help you develop academic and research skills required for successful study within higher education, and to help you both to explore future options for employment and to develop employability skills.
The Drama modules are:
Theatre Practitioners (20 credits)
You will have the opportunity in this module to experience (both practically and theoretically) and analyse the work of a range of theatre practitioners – looking specifically at their historical, social and artistic influences as well as conventions and style features associated with their work. You will also learn about technical theatre and develop your practical skills in relation to a given theatre practitioner.
What our students say: “I believe this was one of my favourite modules out of all of them. It was a well-structured module. All the practitioners were so different and tested our performance styles, and challenged us in a good way to enquire into other types of theatre.”
Drama Perspectives (30 credits)
Drama Perspectives introduces you to key theatrical eras and investigates the way in which religion and society form the backdrop to theatrical content and form. The module is made up of a series of lectures and practical workshops that explore the theatre of Ancient Greece, Medieval Drama, Renaissance Theatre, Restoration Comedy and Melodrama. The module also looks at key theatrical movements from the 20th century and considers the way in which changes in society and political engagement informs theatrical content and form. Movements that are looked at in this module include Realism and Naturalism, Expressionism, Epic Theatre, Theatre of the Absurd and Feminist/Protest theatre.
What our students say: “Topics chosen were interesting”, “Helpful input about the genres and assignment”, “Good choice of texts and plays”. “Enough time was allowed to read texts and do background reading”, “The work has helped me build my confidence.” “Friendly and helpful staff.”
Applications of Drama (30 credits)
This module gives you the opportunity to explore the potential of drama practices in both educational and wider community settings. You will examine the way in which theatre and performance are practiced within education and outside of recognised theatre settings. You will consider the potential of drama as a tool for empowerment and community engagement.
Directing Approaches (20 credits)
Directing Approaches looks at the different theatrical elements within performance and considers them in relation to rehearsal and production. Using a semiotic approach you will learn to analyse key moments in performance and apply this analysis to a practical exploration of a given text. As part of an ensemble you will direct and perform your text following a detailed consideration of the relevance of semiotics to production analysis.
What our students say: “It was refreshing to have been given a task where we could choose our own style and practitioner. The focus on theatre semiotics was extremely interesting for me, as it was the first time I have looked at on-stage drama in this sense. The module was challenging throughout and help was always at hand”.
Post War British Drama (20 credits)
Post-War British Drama examines plays written following the arrival of the “angry young man” in 1956. You will read and practically explore state of the nation plays and consider these in relation to a changing social and cultural British context. Indicative texts include Edward Bond’s Saved, Pinter’s The Homecoming, Sarah Kane’s Blasted and Jerusalem by Jez Butterworth.
What our students say: “I loved to analyse how plays fit within the historical, economical and socio-political context. The small size of the class and the integration of 'lecture' and 'seminar' time was also extremely effective and helped towards a clearer and more cohesive way of learning. I also really appreciated the opportunity to choose a play outside of the curriculum to focus on for my assignment and the guidance received throughout.”
Other Theatres (20 credits)
You will have the opportunity to experience and analyse the impact of globalisation and post-colonialism on twentieth and twenty-first century drama and theatre across the globe. The module seeks to broaden your knowledge and understanding of theatre practice, looking specifically at examples of intercultural theatre, theatre for development and radical theatre within the western world and developing nations.
What our students say: “The teaching was excellent and insightful with engaging methods of participating with the theatre of other cultures”
Option Modules (Choose 1):
Performance Project (40 credits)
The module is a major project and can be taken as an alternative to a dissertation option from your other combination subject. The project allows you to consolidate your theoretical and practical skills in the field of drama through the staging of a production and presenting a critical analysis of the process.
The production can be organised in two ways:
1. As an individual production where a student takes on the role of director and is solely responsible for the staging of a dramatic text.
2. As a group production where a small number of students take group responsibility for the staging of a dramatic text which is either devised or published.
What our students say: “It was great to have complete freedom in choosing who to work with and what to work on. It has proved to be an effective learning experience. The support from the staff was invaluable as usual, and everyone in my group thoroughly enjoyed themselves.”
Independent Project (40 credits)
You will complete an independent research or enquiry-based project of a practical or theoretical nature. This will enable you to demonstrate independence in your approach to research and enhance your project planning experience. You will receive guidance and support from a supervisor.
Assessments in Drama are a mix of practical examinations, presentations and coursework.
Practical Exam: This is a rehearsal process and performance or workshop where you will apply practices and techniques explored during a module.
Presentation: Here you will present your knowledge and analysis of a topic to your tutor and peers.
Coursework: This can be a traditional essay, a report, a review or a reflective analysis of your practical exam process.
All assessment is supported by milestone feedback points. These include interim rehearsal show-backs for peer and tutor reflection, as well engagement in self-assessment.