Full Title Introduction to Culture Performance and Representation

Short Title Intro to Cult Perf and Rep

Code PERF06055
Level 06
Credit 05

Author Trench, Rhona
Department Computing & Creative Practices

Subject Area Performing Arts
Attendence N/A%
Fee

Description
This module introduces students to experience a variety of theatrical forms in the context of culture, performance and representation. Students are typically asked to consider the following: What is theatre? What is drama? What is text? What is meant by culture? What is performance? How does performance signify meaning? What is meant by representation? Cultural and historical contexts, peformance spaces and production concerns, for example, are typcially examined in an effort to demonstrate the multiple ways in which a text or performance can create meaning.

Indicative Syllabus
Texts and contexts: During the 1st part of the semester, students are introduced to Irish Theatre, as this is the field they tend to be most familiar with. Usually Brian Friel's works are examined, but depending on the group, invariably, Marina Carr and Martin McDonagh would also be explored. For the 2nd part of the semester, students learn about Greek Theatre. This is approached from the notion of space... how the expanse of the stage space as a social and cultural signifier dictates/creates meaning. The plays are closely linked to the social and historical forces that shape the Greek world, and how this relates to theatre. Narrative/Characterisation/The role of the Chorus/Mask/Costume/The Gods/Oracles/Festival are typically explored.

Cultural contexts: Typical concerns would involve cultural, historical and social contexts, linking historical study of dramatic practice with analytical skills encouraged by various theatrical disciplines.

Dramatic forms: Performance contexts are considered here aligned with the dramatic form of the text and/or performance. Particular attention is given to performance space, director's angle on the text/performance, along with the role of costume and design in order to make meaning.

Representation: examines a variety of theoretical and practical aspects of performance to understanding meaning. Questions such as what do we mean by representation is explored. What or who is being represented and by and to whom?


Learning Outcomes
On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to
  1. identify the relationship between form and content

  2. understand the significance of textual and performance contexts

  3. understand the range of conditions and ideas which is brought to bear on a text and/or performance to make meaning

  4. demonstrate multiple ways in which a text can be produced

  5. demonstrate the role of directors and designers in creating meaning for performance


Assessment Strategies
Practical small group demonstrations on a given issue - forthnighly 10%

Term essay 30%

Exam 50%

Course Contribution 10%

Assessment Facilitites
Flat room space for students to meet and practice ideas for forthnightly presentations in class

Module Dependencies
Pre Requisite Modules
None
Co Requisite Modules
None
Incompatible Modules
None

Coursework Assessment Breakdown %
Course Work / Continuous Assessment 50 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Examination 50 %

Coursework Assessment Breakdown

Description Outcome Assessed % of Total Assessment Week
Written Report Term Essay 1,2,3,4,5 30 End of Term
Individual Project course contribution 1,2,3,4,5 10 OnGoing
Group Project practical small group presentations 1,2,3,4,5 10 OnGoing


End Exam Assessment Breakdown

Description Outcome Assessed % of Total Assessment Week
Final Exam 1,2,3,4,5 50 End of Term


Distance Learning Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Weekly Workload

Total Average Weekly Learner Workload 0.00 Hours

Part Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Weekly Workload

Total Average Weekly Learner Workload 0.00 Hours

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Weekly Workload
Directed Learning Flat Classroom Lectures/seminars/workshops 4 Weekly 4.00

Total Average Weekly Learner Workload 4.00 Hours

Online Learning Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Weekly Workload

Total Average Weekly Learner Workload 0.00 Hours

Resources
Book Resources
Worthen, W.B., The Wadsworth Anthology of Drama, (Earl McPeek, Harcourt, 2000)

Brown, Russell, John, The Oxford Illustrated History of Theatre, (Oxford University Press, 2001)

Brockett, Oscar G. with Hildy, Franklin J., History of the Theatre, (U.S.:Allyn and Bacon, 1999)

Trotter, Mary, Modern Irish Theatre: A Cultural History of Literature, (Cambridge, 2008)

Pilkington, Lionel, Theatre and the state in twentieth-century Ireland: cultivating the people, (London: Routledge, 2001)

McMullan, Anna and Leeney, Cathy, The Theatre of Marina Carr, (Dublin: Carysfort, 2003)

Jordan, Eamonn, Dissident Dramaturgies: Contemporary Irish Theatre, (Irish Academic Press, 2010)

Brockett, Oscar G., The Essential Theatre, (Earl McPeek, Harcourt, 2000)

Downs, William Missouri, Wright, Lou Ann and Ramsey, Erik, Experiencing the Art of Theatre: A Concise Introduction, (U.S.:Wadworth Series, 2001)
Other Resources
Flat room for 3 hour practical tutorials.
Url Resources
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