DRAM6010 - Theatre History & Text 2

Title:Theatre History & Text 2
Long Title:Theatre History & Text 2
Module Code:DRAM6010
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Fundamental
Field of Study: Drama
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2017/18 ( September 2017 )
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: Deirdre Collins
Module Author: TRINA SCOTT
Module Description: This module reviews key theatrical developments and texts from the Italian Renaissance to Elizabethan and Jacobean theatre, with an emphasis on Shakespeare.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 outline theatre history from the Italian Renaissance to the Elizabethan/Jacobean era.
LO2 analyse a text in terms of historical events and cultural background
LO3 identify elements of performance styles and staging conditions from the Italian Renaissance and the Elizabethan/Jacobean eras
LO4 apply acquired historical and cultural knowledge in performance of text extracts
LO5 structure and present information in oral and written form
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named MTU module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).

Theatre History 1
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Co-requisite Modules
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Theatre History
Italian Renaissance, Elizabethan and Jacobean theatre, with a particular emphasis on Shakespeare's work. Examination of dramatic texts and performance within cultural context. Consideration of the relevance of same for contemporary theatre.
Through performance of short extracts, learners demonstrate an understanding of texts they have studied and their staging conditions and performance styles.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work70.00%
End of Module Formal Examination30.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Essay An essay that demonstrates knowledge of a specific aspect of course work 1,2,3,5 30.0 Week 11
Presentation In small groups learners prepare a presentation consisting of individual contributions on various topics and performance of extracts with fellow group members 1,3,4,5 30.0 Week 12
Other Contribution to in-class activities 1,2,3,4,5 10.0 n/a
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 1,2,3 30.0 End-of-Semester
Reassessment Requirement
Repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Overview of theatre history 1.0 Every Week 1.00
Tutorial Reading, discussing and performing texts 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Independent Learning Reading and researching individually and within a group 4.0 Every Week 4.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Brockett, Oscar G. and Hildy, Franklin J. 2012, History of the Theatre, 11th Ed., Pearson [ISBN: 9780205825462]
  • Brook, Peter 2002, Evoking (and Forgetting!) Shakespeare, Nick Hern Books London [ISBN: 9781854597120]
  • Worthen, W.B. 2011, Wadsworth Anthology of Drama, 6th Ed., Cengage Learning [ISBN: 9781428288140]
  • Zarilli, Phillip B. 2010, Theatre Histories: An Introduction, 2nd Ed., Routledge [ISBN: 9780415462242]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Andrews, Richard 1993, Scripts and Scenarios: The Performance of Comedy in Renaissance Italy, CUP [ISBN: 9780521353571]
  • Barker, Simon and Hinds, Hilary (eds.) 2009, The Routledge Anthology of Renaissance Drama, Routledge [ISBN: 9780415187343]
  • Barton, John 2009, Playing Shakespeare, Methuen [ISBN: 9780713687736]
  • Bevington, David 2007, This Wide and Universal Theater: Shakespeare in Performance, Then and Now, University of Chicago Press [ISBN: 9780226044781]
  • Carson, Christie and Karim-Cooper, Farah (eds.) 2008, Shakespeare's Globe: A Theatrical Experiment, Cambridge University Press [ISBN: 9780521701662]
  • Curry, Julian 2011, Shakespeare on Stage: Thirteen Leading Actors on Thirteen Key Roles, Nick Hern Books [ISBN: 9781848420779]
  • Curry, Julian 2017, Shakespeare on Stage: Volume 2, Nick Hern Books [ISBN: 9781848422469]
  • Davies, Oliver Ford 2007, Performing Shakespeare: Preparation, Rehearsal, Performance, Nick Hern Books [ISBN: 9781854597816]
  • Fava, Antonio 2007, The Comic Mask in the Commedia dell'Arte: Actor Training, Improvisation and the Poetics of Survival, Northwestern University Press [ISBN: 9780810123687]
  • Godfrey, Jeanne 2013, How to Use Your Reading in Your Essays, 2nd Ed., Palgrave Macmillan [ISBN: 9781137299819]
  • Grantham, Barry 2000, Playing Commedia, Nick Hern Books [ISBN: 9781854594662]
  • Greetham, Bryan 2013, How to Write Better Essays, 3rd Ed., Palgrave Macmillan [ISBN: 9781137293282]
  • Gurr, Andrew 2009, Playgoing in Shakespeare's London, Cambridge University Press [ISBN: 9780521543224]
  • Gurr, Andrew 2009, The Shakespearean Stage, 1574-1642, Cambridge University Press [ISBN: 9780521729666]
  • Gurr, Andrew and Ichikawa, Mariko 2000, Staging in Shakespeare's Theatres, Oxford University Press [ISBN: 9780198711582]
  • Hall, Peter 2014, Shakespeare's Advice to the Players, Oberon [ISBN: 9781783190096]
  • Henke, Robert 2010, Performance and Literature in the Commedia dell'Arte, CUP [ISBN: 9780521172387]
  • Modern Language Association of America 2016, MLA Handbook, 8th Ed., MLA [ISBN: 9781603292627]
  • Nagler, A.M. 1952, A Source Book in Theatrical History, Dover Publications [ISBN: 9780486205151]
  • Noble, Adrian 2009, How to Do Shakespeare, Routledge [ISBN: 9780415549271]
  • Rudlin, John 1994, Commedia Dell'Arte: An Actor's Handbook, Routledge [ISBN: 9780415047708]
  • Rudlin, John and Crick, Olly 2001, Commedia dell'arte: A Handbook for Troupes, Routledge [ISBN: 9780415204095]
  • Shakespeare, William; Bate, Jonathan and Rasmussen, Eric (eds.) 2007, The RSC Shakespeare: The Complete Works, Macmillan [ISBN: 9780230200951]
  • Soles, Derek 2005, The Academic Essay: How to Plan, Draft, Revise, and Write Essays, 2nd Ed., Studymates [ISBN: 9781842850657]
  • Stern, Tiffany 2008, Rehearsal from Shakespeare to Sheridan, OUP [ISBN: 9780199229727]
  • Thomson, Peter 1992, Shakespeare's Theatre, 2nd Ed., Routledge [ISBN: 9780415051484]
  • Tucker, Patrick 2002, Secrets of Acting Shakespeare, Routledge [ISBN: 9780878300952]
  • Van Emden, Joan and Becker, Lucinda 2010, Presentation Skills for Students, 2nd Ed., Palgrave Macmillan [ISBN: 9780230243040]
  • Womack, Peter 2006, English Renaissance Drama, Wiley-Blackwell [ISBN: 9780631226307]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources
  • Website: www.nationaltheatre.org.uk
  • Website: https://owl.english.purdue.edu
  • Website: www.shakespearesglobe.com

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_GTHDR_8 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Theatre and Drama Studies 2 Mandatory