PERF06055 2013 Introduction to Culture Performance and Representation

General Details

Full Title
Introduction to Culture Performance and Representation
Transcript Title
Intro to Cult Perf and Rep
N/A %
Subject Area
PERF - Performing Arts
COMP - Computing & Creative Practices
06 - NFQ Level 6
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2013 - Full Academic Year 2013-14
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Rhona Trench
Programme Membership
SG_APERF_H08 201300 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Performing Arts SG_HWRIT_H08 201700 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Writing and Literature SG_APERA_B07 201700 Bachelor of Arts in Performing Arts (Acting) SG_HENGL_H08 201700 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Humanities in Joint Major: English and Psychology SG_APERT_B07 201700 Bachelor of Arts in Performing Arts (Theatre Design) SG_SOSCJOIN_H08 201800 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Social Sciences in Joint Major: English and Spanish SG_HENGL_H08 201900 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Humanities in Joint Major: English and Psychology

This module introduces students to experience a variety of theatrical forms in the context of culture, performance and representation. Students are typically asked to consider the following: What is theatre? What is drama? What is text? What is meant by culture? What is performance? How does performance signify meaning? What is meant by representation? Cultural and historical contexts, peformance spaces and production concerns, for example, are typcially examined in an effort to demonstrate the multiple ways in which a text or performance can create meaning.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


identify the relationship between form and content


understand the significance of textual and performance contexts


understand the range of conditions and ideas which is brought to bear on a text and/or performance to make meaning


demonstrate multiple ways in which a text can be produced


demonstrate the role of directors and designers in creating meaning for performance

Module Assessment Strategies

Practical small group demonstrations on a given issue - forthnighly 10%

Term essay 30%

Exam 50%

Course Contribution 10%

Indicative Syllabus

Texts and contexts: During the 1st part of the semester, students are introduced to Irish Theatre, as this is the field they tend to be most familiar with. Usually Brian Friel's works are examined, but depending on the group, invariably, Marina Carr and Martin McDonagh would also be explored. For the 2nd part of the semester, students learn about Greek Theatre. This is approached from the notion of space... how the expanse of the stage space as a social and cultural signifier dictates/creates meaning. The plays are closely linked to the social and historical forces that shape the Greek world, and how this relates to theatre. Narrative/Characterisation/The role of the Chorus/Mask/Costume/The Gods/Oracles/Festival are typically explored.

Cultural contexts: Typical concerns would involve cultural, historical and social contexts, linking historical study of dramatic practice with analytical skills encouraged by various theatrical disciplines.

Dramatic forms: Performance contexts are considered here aligned with the dramatic form of the text and/or performance. Particular attention is given to performance space, director's angle on the text/performance, along with the role of costume and design in order to make meaning.  

Representation: examines a variety of theoretical and practical aspects of performance to understanding meaning. Questions such as what do we mean by representation is explored. What or who is being represented and by and to whom?


Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
50 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
50 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Written Report Term Essay Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 30 % End of Term 1,2,3,4,5
2 Individual Project course contribution Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 10 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5
3 Group Project practical small group presentations Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 10 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final Exam Final Exam UNKNOWN 50 % End of Term 1,2,3,4,5

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Directed Learning Flat Classroom Lectures/seminars/workshops 4 Weekly 4.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 4.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Worthen, W.B., The Wadsworth Anthology of Drama, (Earl McPeek, Harcourt, 2000)

Brown, Russell, John, The Oxford Illustrated History of Theatre, (Oxford University Press, 2001) 

Brockett, Oscar G. with Hildy, Franklin J., History of the Theatre, (U.S.:Allyn and Bacon, 1999)

Trotter, Mary, Modern Irish Theatre: A Cultural History of Literature, (Cambridge, 2008)

Pilkington, Lionel, Theatre and the state in twentieth-century Ireland: cultivating the people, (London: Routledge, 2001)

McMullan, Anna and Leeney, Cathy, The Theatre of Marina Carr, (Dublin: Carysfort, 2003)

Jordan, Eamonn, Dissident Dramaturgies: Contemporary Irish Theatre, (Irish Academic Press, 2010)

Brockett, Oscar G., The Essential Theatre, (Earl McPeek, Harcourt, 2000)

Downs, William Missouri, Wright, Lou Ann and Ramsey, Erik, Experiencing the Art of Theatre: A Concise Introduction, (U.S.:Wadworth Series, 2001)

Other Resources

Flat room for 3 hour practical tutorials.

Additional Information