Theatre Studies 2: Modernism to Postdramatic THEATRE2003

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Culture and Creative Arts
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 2 (SCQF level 8)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

This course brings together 'theory' and 'practice' through a series of interconnected lectures and seminars. The lectures will introduce a number of European and American practitioners whose radical approaches to acting, directing and scenography have reoriented the ways texts are used in theatrical performance. Their emphasis on visual, performative and multi-media aspects of the stage event is considered in relation to broader artistic and cultural movements of Modernism and Postmodernism. After introducing practitioners such as Appia, Craig, Meyerhold, Artaud, and Grotowski it proceeds to look at the work of contemporary ensembles such as the Wooster Group and Forced Entertainment

Timetable

Lectures: Monday & Wednesday at 3pm; weekly 2-hour seminar (choice of times).

Requirements of Entry

A grade D or above in both of the following: THEATRE1001 - Theatre Studies 1: Reading the Stage; THEATRE1002 - Theatre Studies 1: Theatre and Society

Assessment

One 2,500 word critical reflection, 50%

One 30 minute group performance presentation, 50%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

This course will provide the opportunity to:

■ introduce a number of C20 European and American practitioners whose radical approaches to acting, directing and scenography have reoriented the ways texts are used in theatrical performance;

■ analyse C20 performance texts highlighting visual, performative and multi-media aspects of the stage event;

■ consider such work in relation to broader artistic and cultural movements of Modernism and Postmodernism;

■  empower students to bring together theoretical and historical knowledge, textual analysis and practical skills in a problem-solving situation that demands independent research and group interaction.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ analyse dramatic and performance texts using an appropriate critical vocabulary and knowledge of relevant social and theatrical conditions;

■ demonstrate an appreciation of the meaning and significance of theatre and the theatre text in relation to some of the wider cultural and artistic movements of the C20;

■ read the critical literature critically, and be able to identify problems clearly for exploration in workshops;

■ use workshops with confidence as a way of clarifying and evaluating ideas, and as a means to exploring theoretical issues through practical application;

■ work effectively as a team in the practical exploration of ideas and forms of C20 theatre practice;

■ reflect critically on their own practice and that of their group;

■ present ideas critically, clearly and coherently in academic writing, developing well-structured arguments, and observing the disciplines of referencing, footnoting and bibliography.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.