School of English and Drama

Popular Theatre and Performance

Module code: DRA119

Credits: 15.0
Semester: SEM2

  • Semester 2: Wednesday 9 am - 11 am
  • Semester 2: Wednesday 11 am - 1 pm

Contact: Ms Penelope Woods
Overlap: None
Prerequisite: None

This module examines a wide range of theatrical contexts, histories and forms, in order to investigate the meanings of the term `popular¿. The module might cover, for example, the theatre of Ancient Greece, Medieval guild drama, Commedia dell Arte, Elizabethan commercial theatre, melodrama, blackface minstrelsy, folk theatre and ritual, Chinese Opera, Kabuki theatre, Broadway musicals, applied theatre, immersive theatre, commercial entertainment, the avant-garde and `unpopular¿ theatre forms. Interrogating the concept of the `popular¿ requires that you acknowledge how the socio-economic conditions in which particular theatre forms emerged have contributed to how social hierarchies can be formed and imagined at the theatre. The module aims to helps you to contextualise your study of contemporary theatre practices within a range of historical legacies and traditions, and to help you feel confident about working with a range of historical objects, documents and forms of evidence.

Connected course(s): UDF DATA
Assessment: 100.0% Coursework
Level: 4