Study Option II: Modern Experimental Performance

Drama and Theatre Arts, School of English, Drama and American & Canadian Studies

College of Arts and Law


Code 17564

Level of study Third/Final year

Credit value 20

Pre-requisite modules ‘You must have completed at least two years of appropriate study in this discipline.’

Module description

This module investigates a range of experimental contemporary performance and theatre focusing on Britain and North America. Building on the theatrical enquiries of the historical avant-garde, contemporary playwrights and performance practitioners have questioned the expectations of performers and audiences about how theatre, and its mimetic double reality, might be understood, how it might be practised, and what its socio-political function might be. In doing so, they have revised, but at the same time, may have entrenched, new conventions of theatrical language, representation and subjectivity.

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