This module develops the critical issues and debates in theatre introduced earlier in the degree, in order to explore alternative and avant-garde practices of the twentieth and twenty first centuries. The module establishes the significance of modernist practices for the development of experimentation in theatre, influenced by the art and cultural contexts of the early twentieth century, including for example, Cubism, Surrealism and Expressionism. From here the module will consider key theories and concepts, texts and performances that mark twentieth century’s experimental theatre, including its concerns with questions of language, performativity, liveness and globalisation, framed by political and cultural debates. The module will examine the twenty first century’s focus on the concept of the postdramatic which challenges traditional notions of theatre space, location and form and opens up performance contexts to include installations, multimedia, site responsive performance and performance art.

Term(s) offered: Spring term module; 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Credit: 3.0
General Education: II A 2