Module Details

Module Code: HIST H8015
Full Title: Contemporary Irish Drama
Valid From:: Semester 1 - 2019/20 ( June 2019 )
Language of Instruction:English
Duration: 1 Semester
Credits:: 5
Module Owner:: Fiona Fearon
Departments: Unknown
Module Description: This module engages with contemporary Irish theatre and drama as a site in which important public questions are still addressed and challenged. Students will engage in an in depth analysis of different key contemporary playwrights and performance texts, exploring the changing nature of Irish drama in a complex global enviroment.
 
Module Learning Outcome
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
# Module Learning Outcome Description
MLO1 Theorise the role of theatre as a context for the discussion and development of perceptions of Irish identity.
MLO2 Critically appraise key texts of modern and contemporary Irish drama using a close reading of the text
MLO3 Evaluate the work of Irish playwrights in the context of contemporary culture and society
MLO4 Analyse Modern and Contemporary Irish Drama and practice
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations
This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named DkIT module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).
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Module Indicative Content
Issues in Contemporary Irish Drama: writing, practice and performance
Identity; Gender; Race; Language; Form; Nationalism; Globalization;Technology; Performance theory and practice
Elder Statesmen
Brian Friel; Tom Murphy; Thomas Kilroy; Frank McGuinness;
New voices in Irish writing in the 1990s
Marina Carr, Conor McPhearson, Martin McDonagh, Enda Walsh
Millennials - Irish writing in the 2000s
Mark O'Rowe; Bisi Adigun; Charlie O'Neill; Donal O'Kelly; Stella Feehily; Elaine Murphy; Nancy Harris; Deirdre Kinahan; Abbie Spallen
Theatre as Performance
Devising, Physical,Site-Specific and Immersive Theatre: Barrabbas, Blue Raincoat, Pan Pan, Louise Lowe and Anu Productions
Key texts that might be discussed include:
Friel, 'Dancing at Lughnasa'; Carr, 'By the Bog of Cats', 'On Rafferty’s Hill', 'Ariel'; McDonagh, 'The Leenane Trilogy'; McPherson, 'The Weir', 'The Seafearer', 'The Night Alive'; O’Rowe, 'Howie the Rookie'; Enda Walsh, 'The Walworth Farce', 'Ballyturk'; Nancy Harris, 'No Romance', 'Our New Girl'; Elaine Murphy, 'Little Gem'; Stella Feehily, 'Duck'; Louise Lowe/Anu Productions, 'Laundry'; 'The Boys from Foley Street'; Abbie Spallen, 'Pumpgirl'
Module Assessment
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work50.00%
Final Examination50.00%
Module Special Regulation
 

Assessments

Full Time On Campus

Course Work
Assessment Type Reflective Journal % of Total Mark 20
Marks Out Of 0 Pass Mark 0
Timing End of Year Learning Outcome 2,4
Duration in minutes 0
Assessment Description
Evaluate a number of key texts analysed in practical workshops.The log book should contain research, character study, and reflection on the process of text development; approx 1500 words
Assessment Type Essay % of Total Mark 30
Marks Out Of 0 Pass Mark 0
Timing Week 14 Learning Outcome 1,2,3,4
Duration in minutes 0
Assessment Description
Students should complete an essay discussing the themes addressed in the module, and should refer to texts, performances or theatre practice since 1990; approx 2000 words
No Project
No Practical
Final Examination
Assessment Type Formal Exam % of Total Mark 50
Marks Out Of 0 Pass Mark 0
Timing End-of-Semester Learning Outcome 1,3,4
Duration in minutes 0
Assessment Description
End-of-Semester Final Examination

Part Time On Campus

Course Work
Assessment Type Reflective Journal % of Total Mark 20
Marks Out Of 0 Pass Mark 0
Timing End of Year Learning Outcome 2,4
Duration in minutes 0
Assessment Description
Evaluate a number of key texts analysed in practical workshops.The log book should contain research, character study, and reflection on the process of text development; approx 1500 words
Assessment Type Essay % of Total Mark 30
Marks Out Of 0 Pass Mark 0
Timing Week 14 Learning Outcome 1,2,3,4
Duration in minutes 0
Assessment Description
Students should complete an essay discussing the themes addressed in the module, and should refer to texts, performances or theatre practice since 1990; approx 2000 words
No Project
No Practical
Final Examination
Assessment Type Formal Exam % of Total Mark 50
Marks Out Of 0 Pass Mark 0
Timing End-of-Semester Learning Outcome 1,3,4
Duration in minutes 0
Assessment Description
End-of-Semester Final Examination
Reassessment Requirement
A repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

DKIT reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment

 

Module Workload

Workload: Full Time On Campus
Workload Type Contact Type Workload Description Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload Hours
Lecture Contact No Description Every Week 2.00 2
Practical Contact Drama workshop examining texts as performance Every Week 1.00 1
Directed Reading Non Contact Students should read selected plays from the reading list Every Week 3.00 3
Independent Study Non Contact Students should engage with secondary reading on themes and issues addressed in lectures Every Week 3.00 3
Total Weekly Learner Workload 9.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
Workload: Part Time On Campus
Workload Type Contact Type Workload Description Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload Hours
Lecture Contact No Description Every Week 1.00 1
Practical Contact Drama workshop examining texts as performance Every Week 1.00 1
Directed Reading Non Contact Students should read selected plays from the reading list Every Week 4.00 4
Independent Study Non Contact Students should engage with secondary reading on themes and issues addressed in lectures Every Week 3.00 3
Total Weekly Learner Workload 9.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 2.00
 
Module Resources
Recommended Book Resources
  • Greene, Nick and Chris Morash. (2016), The Oxford Handbook of Modern Irish Theatre, Oxford Univeristy Press, Oxford.
  • Jordan, Eamonn and Eric Weitz. (2018), The Palgrave Handbook of Contemporary Irish Theatre and Performance, Palgrave, London.
  • Lonergan, Patrick. (2009), Theatre and Globalization: Irish Drama in the Celtic Tiger Era, Palgrave, London.
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Grene, Nicholas. Irish Theatre on tour: Irish Theatrical Diaspora Series 1, (Dublin: Carysfort Press, 2005).
  • Furay, Julia and Redmond O’Hanlon, (ed.). Critical Moments: Fintan O’Toole on Modern Irish Theatre, (Dublin: Carysfort Press, 2005).
  • Jordan, Eamonn (ed.). Theatre Stuff, (Dublin: Carysfort Press, 1999).
  • Jordan, Eamonn. (2010), Dissident Dramaturgies, Irish Academic Press, Dublin.
  • Lonergan, Patrick. (2019), Irish Drama and Theatre Since 1950, Methuen, London.
  • McIvor, Charlotte and Matthew Spangler. (2014), Staging Intercultural Ireland, Cork University Press, Cork.
  • Morash, Christopher. A History of Irish Theatre, 1601-2000, (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002).
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources
  • http://www.artscouncil.ie/.
  • http://www.theatreforumireland.com/index .php/tf.
  • http://www.irishplayography.com/.