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Unit information: Politics of Performance in 2021/22

Unit name Politics of Performance
Unit code THTR20005
Credit points 20
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Wozniak
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of Theatre
Faculty Faculty of Arts


This unit explores the relationship between theatre and politics, focusing on theatre and performance events that have their roots in the explicit exploration of political issues or that are spurred by political action. Case studies span historical periods and could include suffrage parades and plays, agitprop, Welfare State International, sit-ins, the Occupy movement, along with recent approaches to political theatre. The unit will consider these examples in detailed social and historical context and in dialogue with questions concerning political, national, local and cultural identities.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

(1) locate political theatre and performance events in their immediate context;

(2) analyse the efficacy of political theatre and performance events as means of resistance, critique, communication and expression;

(3) understand the relationship between theatre and issues of political, national, cultural and gender identity;

(4) demonstrate their ability to undertake research and use it in a coherent and sustained argument as appropriate to Level I.

Teaching details

Teaching will be delivered through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous sessions, including lectures, seminars, on-line discussion forums and self-directed exercises.

Assessment Details

Formative assessment: student-led seminar presentation ILOs 1, 3, 4

Summative assessment: 3000 word essay (100%) ILOs 1-4


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