Contemporary British playwriting and theatre

Course Dates: 11/05/19
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Tutor: Nicholas Field

Focusing on key works in modern British theatre, we explore developments since the boom in new writing in the 1990’s, the work of major playwrights in context and the significance of new contemporary theatre forms. Writers include Caryl Churchill, Simon Stephens and Jez Butterworth.

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Contemporary British playwriting and theatre


What is the course about?

This course focuses on a key developments in modern British theatre, exploring the work of significant playwrights and theatre companies in context.

British theatre has seen exciting developments over the last twenty years. In this course we'll explore and discuss in detail the key plays and work of significant protagonists of the contemporary era and the theatre companies that have played an important part in bringing their work to the stage. We will also consider the cultural, political and social landscape that has surrounded it, and how devised and cross-form theatre companies have influenced contemporary theatre,.

What will we cover?

We will explore British contemporary playwriting in the cultural and political context and the landscape of British theatre and new writing. We will look at and discuss key plays in detail throughout the course with reference to other significant texts, focusing particularly on form, style and themes. We will also consider the cultural heritage of the plays and protagonists.

Plays and works referred to and explored will include:
A Number by Caryl Churchill
Blue/Orange by Joe Penhall
Jerusalem by Jez Butterworth
Talking Love and Silence by Debbie Tucker Green
Tank by Breach Theatre

There will be a main focus on ‘A Number' and 'Tank'.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

Gain a clearer understanding and developed knowledge of British theatre in the contemporary period
-Understand the cultural and political context that the plays were written in
-Extend your knowledge of key British contemporary playwrights and theatre companies
-Develop your analytical skills in relation to plays from the period
-Understand the significance of developments in British Theatre.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This course is for anyone interested in contemporary theatre. A basic understanding of theatre and plays
would be useful.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Topics will be explored through tutor led practical analysis of plays and discussion.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Bring pen and paper. You may wish to obtain the key texts but extracts will be provided by the tutor on the day.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Look for literature courses under History, Culture and Writing at or under Humanities in the prospectus.

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Book your place

Course Code: HLT117

Sat, day, 11 May - 11 May '19

Duration: 1 session

Full fee: £49.00
Senior fee: £39.00
Concession: £25.00

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