Contact: Prof Nicholas Ridout Overlap: None Prerequisite: None
This module provides students with a historical and theoretical grounding in some of the key issues in modern and contemporary theatre. Through a series of talks, seminars, screenings and theatre visits, students will encounter significant theatre works and practices in their historical and cultural contexts. Encounters with theatre practice will be accompanied by readings of relevant historical and critical texts so that students can begin to think and write about the role of theatre in a number of different cultural situations. Particular attention will be paid to theatre which enables students to engage with such topics as modernity, cultural difference, formal experimentation and political engagement. Material to be covered might include, for example, Brecht and the culture of the Weimar Republic; Amiri Baraka, Black Power and the Black Revolutionary Theatre; radical performance and mass culture in 1960s Japan.