Staging The Text (DRA2067)

30 credits

Staging the text is a great opportunity for all students to reflect on and creatively work on the transformation of a dramatic text onto the stage. You will be working in small groups of approx. 6-8 students and will work on a selection from the works of a particular playwright or group of playwrights with a view to interpreting, rehearsing, staging and performing this text. You will be given a lot of guidance in terms of a number of lectures that will provide a context and introduce you to ways of approaching your task. You will also undertake workshops that simulate the process of staging your text material you embark on and compare different results and consequences from a wide range of possibilities to play (with) your text. You will also receive tailored supervision for your group during your process.

The material you will work with changes every year, but you might, for example, work on selections from any of the following: Ancient Greek Drama; Restoration Drama; Shakespeare; Molière, Corneille and Racine; Goethe, Schiller and Kleist; Ibsen; Beckett; 20th Century Irish writers; 1980s British Drama; Postdramatic Texts.

The module will allow you to reflect on and try out various roles within the process of staging the text. For example, these might include directing, acting, facilitating, collaborating and providing dramaturgical advice. While the performance will have to be generally “low-tech”, you will also be introduced to the use of design elements such as costume, props, set, sound and light.

You will be assessed as a group on your final performance. You will also be assessed individually, in a 15-minute viva, in which you reflect on your process, approach, concept and achievement.

Incoming international students and Exeter students from other disciplines welcome, subject to availability. In addition to students of drama, performance or theatre studies, this module will engage the interest of students with a background in histories, languages and literatures.