Contemporary British and Irish drama

Course Dates: 17/09/18 - 26/11/18
Time: 14:45 - 16:45
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Tutor: Jenny Baynes

We will read and discuss key plays written and performed this century, including those written by Mike Bartlett,

Caryl Churchill, Jezz Butterworth, Nina Raine, Martin McDonagh, Conor McPherson and David Hare.


What is the course about?

We explore the concerns, styles and influences of key twenty-first century dramatists, considering how they reflect the society we live in.

What will we cover?

Themes and styles of 21st century British and Irish plays. We look at the structure, language and characterisation of the plays and how they can be interpreted as performance texts, exploring ideas of gender, race, power and the influence of contemporary sexuality.

We will look at extracts of a number of plays, including Jezz Butterworth's The Ferryman, Martin McDonagh's The lieutenant of Innishmore, Nina Raine's Consent and Charles 111 by Mike Bartlett.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

-Identify key trends and concerns of the plays and the experimental nature of new forms
-Understand structure, methods of characterisations, use of language and how they work as performance texts.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

You will have an enthusiasm for reading and discussing plays.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

You will need to do a certain amount of reading and preparation.
Small and large group discussion. Discussion of extracts; viewing where possible.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

You will be given photocopied extracts of the plays.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Please see our range of Literature courses under Humanities in the prospectus and under History, Culture and Writing on the website at

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Course Code: HLT41

Full Mon, day, 17 Sep - 26 Nov '18

Duration: 10 sessions (over 10 weeks)

Full fee: £169.00
Senior fee: £135.00
Concession: £74.00
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