Study Option 2: Elements of Theatre History

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

College of Arts and Law


Code 19498

Level of study Third/Final year

Credit value 20

Semester 2

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

Module description

This module begins from the assumption that the making of theatre history (in its written form, its documents, and its colloquial traces in anecdote and tradition) is a series of choices, informed by ideological, social and economic forces. This option will draw on students' previous and current studies of performance texts and styles to investigate how we make the history, what evidence we draw upon, and what implications these histories have for our study and performance of various scripts and styles. We will focus on the materiality of theatre history, by investigating aspects of the histories of existing and lost theatre buildings and/or theatre organisations in the West Midlands and London. The option will be taught by staff-led seminars, field trips where appropriate, and student-led case studies.

Teaching and learning methods