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Theatre in London Now: Student Led Project: level 6, 30 credits


  • Credit value: 30 credits at Level 6
  • Convenor: to be confirmed
  • Assessment: a short 1000-word exercise (20%), 3000-word critical archive (50%) and 15-minute individual viva voce (30%)

Module description

Theatre in London Now is a four-year module which is developed progressively, focusing on different aspects of theatre in London. It addresses key contexts and conditions in which contemporary theatre in London takes place, the role of the spectator in the creation of meaning in theatre practice and a range of critical perspectives available for the analysis of performance. It also enables discussion of the major trends present in contemporary theatre in London.

In this final year, on an individual basis, you will select a theme through which you discuss the performances visited during the year, and those which you have seen and discussed in your portfolios in the previous year of study. You are also invited to offer suggestions for the required performance viewings for the year.

Taught with the final year Independent Research Project in the Theatre and Performance module, this module requires viewing of five performances during the autumn and spring terms, to be agreed in consultation with the module convenor.

The module will raise a series of questions such as:

  • How are theatre practices and theatre institutions affected by their social and historical context?
  • What is the effect of exploring theatre and performance practices through a particular critical lens?
  • In what ways might we see theatre and performance as multi- and interdisciplinary practices?

Learning objectives

By the end of this module, you will be able to:

  • plan and execute a programme of research and writing appropriate to final year undergraduate level
  • critically relate materials encountered throughout the degree to select examples of contemporary theatre practice
  • identify and critique a range of aspects of the theatre event
  • demonstrate skills of research, critical reflection and writing.