Special Topics

This module (offered at level 2 and level 3) involves the exploration of new areas and themes emerging in the discipline or arising from research of current or visiting members of the teaching staff. [NOTE: THIS MODULE IS NOT BEING OFFERED IN 2015]

Production

This module (offered at level 2 and level 3) enables learners to experience practically the research into, and staging of, a professional production.  The module covers working on a production as actor/researcher, director, stage manager/technician, publicist, administrator or designer.  [NOTE: THIS MODULE IS NOT BEING OFFERED IN 2015]

Elective-305

This module offers learners the opportunity to develop critical awareness of the theories pertaining to particular specializations, and demonstrate a level of practical expertise within that specialization.  The content of the module covers theoretical and practical engagement in the following areas of specialization (normally 3 options per semester):  Acting OR Acting for the Camera OR […]

Drama and Film Confront Postmodernity

This module aims to develop in learners an advanced critical and analytic competence in the engagement with late 20th and early 21st century performing and visual arts in relation to theory and text.  This is also negotiated by expanding the boundaries of what has, historically, been considered “theatre” and “performance”, to include contemporary performative arenas […]

Elective-302

This module offers learners the opportunity to develop critical awareness of the theories pertaining to particular specializations, and demonstrate a level of practical expertise within that specialization.  The content of the module covers theoretical and practical engagement in the following areas of specialization (normally 3 options per semester):  Acting OR Acting for the Camera OR […]

Theatre from Realism to Modernity

This module constitutes the core Theatre Studies module and will introduce students to the key theorists and practitioners of the late 19th and early 20th century theatre.  They will engage critically with textual and theatre studies in Europe, America and South Africa, and investigate key realist and modernist innovators, as well as experiencing the practical application of […]

Contemporary Dance Theatre, Physical Performance and the Politics of the Body

This course is broken up into three sections that negotiate the politics of physical performance and dance both from a local and African perspective and from a global perspective.  Section one explores the politics of the body in performance from Artaud, Grotowski, and the 20th century modernist impulse to find ‘new ways’ of thinking about theatre […]

Introduction to Applied Theatre

This module introduces students to an understanding of Applied Theatre (AT).  It follows four themes: definitions and debates of AT, Theatre for social change in South Africa, Theatre of the oppressed and Locations of Applied Theatre.  These include theatre in educational setting and Prison Theatre.  The course has clear synergies between theory and practice with […]

Theatre: Origins and Forms

This module builds on the three streams of study introduced in DRAM101.  It focuses on the origins of theatre in the North and South as a way in to engaging with different performance forms in relation to context.  Students are introduced to theatre in the Southern Africa, which includes ritual, orality and storytelling.  As the […]

Drama and Performance Studies: An Introduction

This module is an introduction to the three streams of study in the Drama and Performance Studies programme: Applied Theatre Studies, Theatre Studies, and Dance Studies.  As part of laying a foundation for an understanding of Drama and Performance studies and its different specialisations, students are introduced to these key areas through notions of ‘culture’ […]