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On completion of the module, students will:
Be familiar with the sense of a play as both a text and a live, collaborative event.
Have a knowledge of landmark plays and theatre companies of the 20th & 21st Centuries.
Be able to participate in discussion (in class and online).
Be able to write critically about a range of playwrights and texts, and be able to engage critically with a range of concepts of writing, staging and representing war.
This course will examine how theatre - playwrights, directors, actors and audiences - have engaged with representing and staging war in the 20th and 21st centuries.
This is a challenging course that includes work on trauma, war, avant-garde theatre and social change.
Plays will be situated in their original context and related to the development of modern drama. Each week we will read and discuss an individual play or look at the work of important theatre practitioners.
Plays to be studied (tbc) may include:
The Suppliant Women by Aeschylus, in a version by David Greig
Blasted by Sarah Kane
Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme by Frank McGuinness
Tea in a China Cup by Christina Reid
Journey’s End by R.C. Sherriff
|Student Effort Type||Hours|
|Specified Learning Activities||
|Autonomous Student Learning||
|Seminar (or Webinar)||
Not applicable to this module.
|Description||Timing||Component Scale||% of Final Grade|
|Assignment: A 400-word scene analysis||Week 3||n/a||Graded||No||
|Continuous Assessment: This includes attendance, ongoing class contributions and your presentation.||Throughout the Trimester||n/a||Graded||No||
|Essay: The end of term essay will be a comparative essay designed to encourage students to think critically about the module's core themes and how they are manifest in the plays we have studied.||Coursework (End of Trimester)||n/a||Graded||No||
|Resit In||Terminal Exam|
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
For all continuous-assessment and end-of-trimester assignments posted on Brightspace (writing exercises, essay plans etc) students will receive feedback in the Brightspace comments function. Students can also use my office hours for follow-up discussion.
|Justine Zapin||Lecturer / Co-Lecturer|