Explore the majesty of British Theatre Explore the majesty of British Theatre

Academic Lead - Mr Tony Frost

Where better to explore the magic of the British theatre than in Britain itself? The Drama department, within the School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing (LDC), offers a module that allows students to experience the wonder of the theatre through a series of guided theatre visits to productions in the East Anglian region, the country’s capital city, London, and at the home of the Bard, Shakespeare’s Stratford-Upon-Avon. These visits will be accompanied by specialist talks and seminar sessions, as well as giving the opportunity for students to behind the scenes and learn directly from the industry experts of British theatre.

Students will be exploring both classical and contemporary plays and theatre visits will be an integral part of the programme. The visits shall be accompanied by preparatory seminar work, introductory talks from industry experts, such as a London-based theatre critic or director, and followed-up by seminars conducted by the University’s Drama specialists. Students may also enjoy a backstage tour of a major theatre as well as further visits to current productions in the East Anglian region.

The assessment of this 20 credit module will involve the writing of reviews and a short essay in the final week. Support for these assessments will be provided through engaged discussions in seminars. Student participation in the series of guided theatre visits and productions will also help to equip students with a relevant critical vocabulary.

By the end of the module students will be able to:

  • Write cogently about the British theatre’s relationship to its past (through examples chosen from the classical repertoire in contemporary production) and present (by looking at the most recent, engaged work).
  • Write succinct and accurate theatre reviews.

Field Trips

Field trips will be an integral part of this module and are likely to include organised guided tours to theatres in Norfolk, Stratford-Upon-Avon and London; planned talks by professionals working within the theatre; and of course theatre performances. Further details to be confirmed as the 2016 theatre production’s schedules are announced.

This module has two off-campus residential fieldtrips in both Stratford-Upon-Avon and London. A supplement applies. See our fees page. 

Prerequisites

Students should come equipped with an interest in learning about British Theatre. No specific knowledge or experience is required.

School Profile

The Drama department at the University of East Anglia is recognised by prospective entrants and professionals as one of the leaders in the UK. Ranked in the top 10 UK universities in the Guardian University Guide 2016, the department leaves other prestigious theatre and drama schools in its shadow. The Teaching Quality Assessment report highlights the “distinctiveness and diversity” of the programmes provided by Drama, and courses are renowned for their strong practical emphasis on all aspects of dramatic production, combined with the study of the theory, history and social significance of drama. For more details on the department, please visit the UEA Drama webpages.

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