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This programme examines the ways in which the complex relationships between play-text and performance have helped to create the longe duree of theatrical and dramatic history and theory.
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Students will be introduced to a range of dramatic and quasi-dramatic material and discourse from different historical periods and cultures, and will explore the issues contingent upon differing conceptions of the roles and perceived dangers of dramatic representation and performance in those cultural contexts.
Theatrical and dramatic writing will be contextualised in terms of its chronological, cultural and geographical specificities and students will develop a familiarity with the variety of materials that can be used to explore dramatic performance and culture, along with a critical understanding of some of the ways in which the theory and practice of performance have been conceptualised and understood by scholars, past and present.
Students take two courses each semester: one core and one chosen from a wide range of options courses taught in the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures.
Students will have the opportunity to take Internships with Theatre Institutions across the Cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow. Students will also work with the Performing Artists in Residence, who will offer workshops in each semester.
Research methods are taught by a combination of staff presentations and workshops. While the seminar-based courses will be assessed by essays students may also be assessed by portfolio for the work undertaken during the Internships.
Students consult individually with supervisors during the early stages of their research project.
This article was published on Aug 27, 2014