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TH241 - Plays and Playing Places & Performances in Medieval and Elizabethan England

School of Theatre, Performance and Cultural Policy Studies


This module aims to make use of recent research into regional and London performances in the Medieval and Elizabethan periods in England in order to study the range of performance styles and spaces developed by, and available to, Shakespeare and his contemporaries as they established playing as a lucrative profession in Elizabethan England. The module considers the legacy of medieval church, rural and civic performances as well as the development of travelling playing companies and provincial entertainments in guildhalls and great houses. A combination of seminars and workshops is used to focus on specific aspects of performance in order to understand how particular scripts were brought to life by particular performers at particular venues. Amateur as well as professional performance is discussed, taking into account provincial as well as metropolitan performance and acknowledging European influence where appropriate. Students will be required to complete two portfolios, making entries on a weekly basis, one based on gathered historical evidence relating to the playing places and styles of performance discussed in seminars, and one documenting and analysing the weekly practical workshop exploration of plays/entertainments. These portfolios will be submitted for assessment in week 9 of the spring term. Each student will also be required to contribute one seminar presentation or poster in the autumn term. Each student’s work for the module will culminate in an assessed essay/project (4,000 words or equivalent), on a topic of the student’s own choosing in consultation with the module tutors, to be submitted in the sixth week of the summer term.

Convenor: Margaret Shewring

Co-teaching on the module: Eleanor Chadwick. E.R.Chadwick@warwick.ac.uk

Guest seminars: David Coates and Tracy Cattell.

Seminars/workshops: 3hrs per week on Mondays 2.00 – 5.00 pm.

In week 1, on 29 September, the group will meet in G57. From week 2 the group will meet in G52.

Individual tutorials in each term.

Assessment: 100% assessed.

Seminar paper (1000 words)/poster (term 1): 10%. Presentations in seminar on Monday 24 November 2014; copies of presentations to be submitted by 1 December 2014.

Two Portfolios built up on a weekly basis during the autumn and spring terms and submitted in week 9 of term 2, one portfolio based on gathered historical evidence relating to the playing places and styles of performance discussed in seminars and one documenting and analysing the weekly practical workshop exploration of plays/entertainments: 25% each. Both portfolios to be submitted on 9 March 2015.

Assessed essay/written project (4,000 words or equivalent) to be submitted on 28 May 2015 (week 6 of the summer term): 40%.

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