BA Theatre Studies and Creative Writing

Reflective Writing 1

This module asks students to become analytical about their writing, both from the point of view of process and output. By critiquing their own work, and considering the writing practice of others, it aims to develop students’ ability to formulate answers to questions such as ‘Why do I write?’, ‘What is the value of storytelling?’, ’What are the stories I am best able to tell?’ It is supported by a year-long lecture and workshop series, delivered by members of the department alongside visiting poets, playwrights and novelists.

Useful preliminary reading:
Julia Cameron, The Artist’s Way. Tarcher/Putnam.
Joan Didion, ‘Why I Write’ (1976), in The Writer On Her Work, ed. Janet Sternburg. W.W. Norton.

Reading, Reviewing, Interpreting

This module introduces students to the discipline of Theatre Studies and here you’ll learn how we describe, analyse and interpret theatre and performance. To do this you’ll take part in seminar discussions engaging with different approaches to, and critical perspectives on, theatre and also attend group and individual trips to the theatre.

Useful preliminary reading:

Martin Esslin, The Field of Drama. Methuen Drama
Robert Leach, Theatre Studies: The Basics. Routledge
Erika Fischer-Lichte, The Routledge Introduction to Theatre and performance Studies. Routledge

Past Theatre, Present Theatres

This module will give you a historical map of the development of theatre from the Early Modern period up to the present. It will give you an insight into the developments and changes in theatrical styles, genres, politics and technologies across several hundred years, whilst introducing you to a wide range of writers, styles and contexts.

Useful preliminary reading:

Christopher Marlowe, Tamburlaine
Thomas Dekker and Thomas Middleton, The Roaring Girl
John Ford, ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore
Aphra Behn, The Rover
John Gay, The Beggar’s Opera
Dion Boucicault, The Octoroon
Henrik Ibsen, A Dolls House
Gilbert and Sullivan, The Mikado
Bertolt Brecht, The Threepenny Opera
Eugene Ionesco, The Chairs
Ann Jellicoe, The Sport of My Mad Mother
Edward Bond, Saved
Caryl Churchill, Cloud Nine
Sarah Kane, Blasted
Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti, Behzti and Behud

Shakespeare and Performance (option)

The module samples a mix of Shakespeare’s plays and provides a broad introduction to the various emphases of contemporary Shakespeare study. We explore the specific forms of Shakespearean drama in their original contexts, including the performance practices of the time, but also in terms of modern and current scholarship. Assessment: 100% Coursework.

Useful preliminary reading:
Julius Caesar; Richard II; Macbeth; Twelfth Night; Measure for Measure; Hamlet; The Winter’s Tale