Study Option: New Theatres in English

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

College of Arts and Law


Code 23714

Level of study Third/Final year

Credit value 20

Semester 2

Module description

This is a survey course that considers some of the most exciting recent drama in English coming from the historically 'new' countries established as a result of British conquest and colonialism. These are as different as the English-speaking states of sub-Saharan Africa, the Caribbean, and the 'old' Commonwealth nations such as Australia and New Zealand. We also include the black and native playwrights of the United States and Canada as well as some recent drama reflecting life in multicultural Britain. Students explore representative plays in the contexts of their cultures and the role of theatre in these cultures. Attention is paid not only to writing but also to what is different and distinctive in the acting styles and performance traditions within which the playwrights have worked.