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Unit information: Performance Contexts in 2021/22

Unit name Performance Contexts
Unit code THTR10003
Credit points 20
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Mark France
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of Theatre
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Description including Unit Aims

This unit introduces students to methods of contextualizing given theatrical performances, from considering theatre production as industry, to historically and place-specific questions of cultural, political and aesthetic context. These cultural and contextual frameworks are tested through focusing specifically on revivals, revisions and restagings, addressing issues by means of a central question: what is at stake when a performance from then and there, whether two years or two hundred years ago, is performed here and now? The course will include an introduction to the Theatre Collection and to using performance archives for historical research around a past production. Students will also be introduced to the local theatre culture and the city itself as a context.

Intended Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit students will

(1) be able to demonstrate a knowledge and a critical understanding of historical/cultural and theoretical/aesthetic contexts in which performances occur;

(2) be able to evaluate various historical/cultural factors and how they function in analyzing performances for research and/or production;

(3) be able to apply contextual information appropriately in discussions, written and practical outputs.

Teaching Information

Teaching will be delivered through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous seminar discussions and workshops. Additional screenings, museum visits, archive workshops and theatre performances, where possible and appropriate, will be used to enhance students' engagement with a range of performance contexts.

Assessment Information

Formative: Contextual case study of historical performance. Summative: Individual digital pitch for restaging a performance (100%)


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

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