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The course offers a study of contemporary strategies of analysis in theatre and performance, with special consideration of the practices of Irish theatre, involving input from the professional field. The course structure consists of two core modules and one elective module (chosen from a range available) leading to a directed research project and dissertation.
The work normally takes 12 months, although students are required to be in residence only from October through the following June. Visits from practitioners and scholars supplement the regular lectures and seminars in theatre, performance issues, and critical and cultural studies.
Core ModulesContemporary Irish Theatre in Context:
An exploration of the theatre practice of contemporary Irish and visiting theatre productions, and the institutional frameworks which shape the production or reception of contemporary Irish theatre. Invited speakers will discuss their work with students, supplemented by sessions focusing on contextual or background information.
Strategies of Analysis:
An exploration of the various methodologies of critical enquiry in theatre and performance. The seminar covers areas of Gender, Race and Identity, Nationalism and Postcolonialism, Performance Analysis, History and Historiography, Globalisation, Psychoanalysis, Poststructuralism, Phenomenology and Postmodernism.
Elective ModulesStudents will choose one of the following modules (which will be offered according to staff availability):
Convened by Dr Melissa Sihra, this course will consider all aspects of playwriting from first to final draft, exploring monologue, two-character, three-character and ensemble scene construction. Visiting lecturers will include Marina Carr. The course will culminate in an end-of-year showcase of original work.
Orientalism and Performance
This course seeks to explore how one culture represents another in performance and to determine the specificity of the theories of playing the `other´ in 19th and early 20th century European theatre.
Performance and Technology
The course will examine the philosophical and practical problems of theatre and performance practice in our digital culture with its new computer technologies of interconnectivity, imaging and virtuality.
This module intends to supply students with a theoretical grasp of comic practice, complemented and supported by the actuality of workshop experience.
There are three elements to the assessment:
* Essays and/or oral presentations for core modules
* Examination of the elective course by essay, oral presentation, practical presentation, critically reflective journal, play-script or writing exercises, according to the requirements of each module
* Dissertation of approximately 15,000 words
Weighting: Assessments for the three courses are weighted equally at 20% each (total 60%) and the dissertation is weighted at 40%.