This module focuses on the interpretation and realisation in performance of a European dramatic text and the development of a performance vocabulary for making theatre. You will explore a systematic methodology for testing different processes of creating performances through a blend of play study and intensive practical work.

A selection of contrasting plays will be studied and different methodologies on approaching the text will be explored in practical classes in order to encourage comparative analysis. Playwrights to be considered may include Chekhov, Ibsen, Buchner and Wedekind. Alongside specified titles, you will be required to read a variety of other plays and texts that shape an understanding of modern dramaturgy.

The module comprises a series of practical exercises and seminars and will include presentations of practical work in front of your peers.

In parallel with the work on the text, you will be engaging with performance preparation sessions on voice, to raise your understanding and awareness of the voice as an important tool in performance.

Introduction to European Models of Theatre Practice explores the role of the actor, director, designer and dramaturg in the creative process. It introduces you to the politics and organisation of British Theatre and to collaborative practices and different approaches to devising.

This module is an intensive devising project in which you will work as an ensemble to create a short performance. You will be required to draw on your work in European Models of Theatre Practice 1 in order to meet the brief.

This module expands and develops the skills acquired in module ET401 by broadening the performance vocabulary for creating a text-based performance. It will explore elements such as ritual within theatre and the notion of theatricality through an in-depth practical and dramaturgical analysis of a given play script. Having encountered contrasting techniques and theatre practices in previous modules, from psychological realism to montage and grotesque, the focus of study will be on the selection and synthesis of appropriate techniques to creatively perform the text.

The module includes an intensive period of practical work.

In parallel with the work on the text, you will be engaging with performance preparation sessions on voice, to raise your understanding and awareness of the voice as an important tool in performance.

This module is concerned with developing an historical understanding of plays in their theatrical and cultural context and evolving an approach for work of theatre of the past in the rest of the programme. It is designed to provide students with an overview of the development of European theatre.