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Theatre in London Now: Theories


  • Credit value: Level 5, non credit-bearing
  • Convenor: Louise Owen
  • Assessment: a short 1000-word exercise (25%), 1000-word critical archive (25%) and one-hour group viva voce (50%)

Module description

This module approaches live theatre through the lens of Level 5 module Theories of Theatricality and Performance, applying concepts of aesthetics, politics, spectatorship, efficacy, repetition, performativity, liveness, authorship to a selection of five set performances attended at London venues or in digital contexts throughout the year. Critical attention to these performances acts as the basis of written and verbal assessment.

Learning objectives

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

  • identify and deploy a specific critical lens to explore examples of contemporary theatre practice
  • critically reflect upon a range of aspects of the theatre event
  • relate materials studied across the degree to select examples of contemporary theatre practice
  • demonstrate skills of research, critical reflection and writing.