30 credits at level HE7
Close examination and analysis of outstanding examples of contemporary drama for the stage, television, radio and film, as text and in performance. Identification of writing strategies in these dramas, looking closely at characterisation; conflict, journey, change, crisis, climax, resolution and other elements of dramatic structure; dialogue and other dramatic languages; how the different media are used with assurance and dramatic effect; examples of adventure and originality in writing; challenges to and subversions of conventional story telling, and examples of outstanding quality and craft in conventional story-telling.
In depth analysis of outstanding drama from the last ten years across four different media - stage, television, film and radio. The particular plays/screenplays studied will vary from year to year but, as an indication, MIGHT include:
For the stage: 'Closer' (Patrick Marber) and 'ShangaLang' (Catherine Johnson); for television: 'Shameless' (Paul Abbott) and 'The Sopranos' (David Chase producer, various writers); for film 'In the Company of Men' (Neil LaBute) and 'Chicago'; for radio: 'Sound Mirrors' (Hari Kunzru) and 'The Moving and the Still' (Howard Barker).
Please note these are dramas selected by the module author, and are for indicative purposes only. The actual dramas studied will be selected by the tutors and guest lecturers, to illustrate their particular perspectives on drama today.
In addition students will watch/listen to contemporary drama in performance, and read it as text. Each student will make a presentation on a play/screenplay which has been a souce of inspiration.
Introduction, outline of module, discussion of what makes drama work - what is the dramatic voice?
Eight 'master classes' led by staff or guest lecturers on plays from the last ten years.
Four weeks of seminar presentations on plays which have been sources of inspiration for students.
Assessment is by coursework.
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||Have an enhanced understanding of the craft of dramatic writing. Be able to identify good practice in characterisation, dramatic structure, dalogue and other dramatic languages, and the particular strengths and weaknesses of different dramatic media.||Write a 5000-7000 word log responding to dramas studied, analysing craft, voice and originality. At least two of these dramas should be selected and attended independently.|
|2.||Have increased independent study skills, and presentation skills.||Present a 20-30 minute paper on a drama studied independently of the taught element of the module.|
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
Before taking this module you must have successfully completed the following:
No restrictions apply.
The Power of the Playwright's Vision: Gordon Farrell, Portsmouth 2001.
The Writer's Journey: Christopher Vogler, London, 1998.
Timebends: Arthur Miller, London, 1999.
Arguments for a Theatre: Howard Barker, Manchester, 1993.
The Messingkauf Dialogues: Bertolt Brecht, London, 1965.
State of Play - Playwrights on Playwriting: David Edgar (ed), London, 1999.
British Radio Drama: John Drakakis (ed), Cambridge, 1981.
Radio Drama: Theory and Practice: Tim Crook, London, 1999.
Sight Unseen: Elissa S Guralnick, Ohio, 1996
The Hero with a Thousand Faces: Joseph Campbell, London, 1998
The Artist's Way: Julia Cameron, London, 1999.
|Host Subject Group:||Creative Studies|
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