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Course Overview

London Performance Past and Present

16 July-3 August 2018

This course draws on London’s rich theatre and performance history, and the wide-ranging opportunities the city offers to engage with historical and contemporary theatre and performance.

It explores how historical, social, cultural and architectural contexts produce meaning through play texts and in the theatre. You will be introduced to a range of ways of analysing plays and performances in relation to the conditions in which they are created.

You’ll spend the first week on visits related to the work of Shakespeare and his contemporaries, and in seminars.

The second week will normally focus on visits and seminars related to theatre from the 19th century to the present day.

Your last week will look at performance beyond the literary play text, for example, Live and Performance Art, Club Performance, Performance in Galleries, Performance Documentation. You will normally have two theatre visits or field trips per week.

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