This exciting pathway of the MA Theatre allows you to explore ways in which drama and theatre might be applied to educational, therapeutic and community contexts. Applied drama/ theatre is an umbrella term which includes the practice of drama in a wide range of settings, such as drama and theatre in education; young peoples theatre; drama, health and healing; reminiscence and heritage theatres; theatre in prisons; theatre for development and community theatre.
During the course you will have the opportunity to explore creative and research opportunities in some of these diverse and dynamic contexts and analyse the politics and values of applied drama. You will experience radically different approaches to performance-making in both conventional theatre spaces and in non-theatrical settings, enabling you to consider the relationship between innovative performance practices and work in applied drama.
By the end of this degree you will be well prepared to work in different locations and have developed your own praxis and practical skills as a practitioner, workshop leader or drama facilitator.
You will study three core course units and complete a dissertation.
Core course units:
Theatre Contexts, Histories, Practices (25%)
You will examine the relationship between theatre theory and practice by exploring different approaches to historical and theoretical analysis, and how they may serve to explicate dramatic and performance texts. This unit is taught over the two teaching terms and is assessed through practice and written work.
Theatre Workshop (25%)
This runs over the two teaching terms and you will assessed through practice.
Independent Practical Project (25%)
In this unit, taken over the summer term, you will develop your own practical project in your chosen field. You will be encouraged to be creative and innovative, and to apply your understanding of drama and theatre to particular educational contexts, communities, sites or settings.
The dissertation strand will allow you to interrogate critically your own practice and that of other applied drama practitioners. Potential topics might include the values and effectiveness of theatre in education; an analysis of learning in drama education; a study of ritual, performance and healing; the social and psychological benefits of reminiscence theatre; and the role of education outreach work in theatre. This part of the course is supported by a non-weighted methodologies unit (Dissertation: Methodologies and Approaches).
On completion of the course graduates will have:
* enhanced and applied their skills as reflective theatre practitioners
* explored the scope of theatre studies and its critical and research methodologies
* developed their skills in collaborative working
* explored the links between theory and practice
* enhanced and applied their skills of independent research and analysis.
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