Ancient Greek Theatre - DRAM6730

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Module delivery information

This module is not currently running in 2021 to 2022.


The primary aim of the module is to introduce students to the principles and practices of theatre history, and therefore in order to make best use of the staff team’s research specialisms, the historical focus of the curriculum will vary. The module offers not only a study of the major canonical texts of the period but also a detailed exploration of the societal conditions and theatrical realities of its time, allowing for an understanding of theatre as an artistic product of a particular culture. Modern revivals of classical texts will also be considered, taking account of issues regarding historical and cultural transposition.


Contact hours

3 contact hours per week for 12 weeks, 1 x 1 hour lecture and 1 x 2 hour seminar = 36 hours
264 Independent Study Hours


DR673 is available as a Wild Module option.

Method of assessment

100% Coursework: Essay 1 - 3000 Words (40%); Essay 2 - 3000 Words (40%); Creative Presentation (20%)

Indicative reading

Bratton, J. New Directions in Theatre History. CUP, 2003
Postlewait, T., The Cambridge Introduction to Theatre Historiography. CUP, 2009
Postlewait, T., and B. McConachie, eds Interpreting the Theatrical Past. University of Iowa Press, 1989
Worthen, B. and P. Holland, eds, Theorizing Practice: Redefining Theatre History. Palgrave, 2003
Zarrilli, P., et al, eds, Theatre Histories: An Introduction. Routledge, 2006

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

By taking this module, you will:
- To demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of classical theatre and performance of a specific period or periods (e.g. Greek theatre, French neoclassical drama, commedia dell’arte)
- To articulate an understanding of the relationship between theatre, drama and performance of the chosen period and the specific institutional, cultural, and social contexts in which it was produced
- To demonstrate a specific understanding of the work and significance of key theatrical practitioners (for example, playwrights, and performers)
- To undertake analyses of performance texts informed by script, production, critical response and context
- Demonstrate research skills in using secondary and, where available and appropriate, primary materials


  1. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  2. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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