- 4 June to 13 July 2018
- Paul Mellon Centre
Theatre in London is a hot bed of innovation and imagination. It is also an agent of cultural definition and change, as well as the site of ongoing explorations of personal and social identifies. The public nature of theatrical performance in London, its history of engagement with the city itself, and its shifting population makes theatre a unique site and subject of study. Taking advantage of plays and performances in London in a variety of venues and formats, this course examines theatre and drama as aesthetic objects, social events, and cultural practices. It introduces methods for reading plays and reading performances and investigates the various uses and functions that the theatrical mode of production serves within the contemporary cultural scene. As an introduction to the study of drama in performance, this course presents key methodological questions and approaches for interrogating dramatic and theatrical performance, and encourages personal exploration of performance strategies and functions. The course combines lecture, discussion, reading assignments, frequent writing assignments, and regular theatre attendance.