Monday, December 06, 2004

Essay Questions

Contemporary Theatremaking
Essay Questions Autumn 2004.

Due Date: Hand in to the department office by 4pm on Monday 10th January 2005. You are reminded that you should not substantially repeat work submitted for examination on this or any other course studied.

Word Limit: 2000 (please provide an accurate word count at the end of your essay).

Your essay will be penalised for poor punctuation, grammar or spelling in line with the guidelines in the student handbook. Check the following website for appropriate referencing and bibliographical style:
http://www.rhul.ac.uk/drama/academic_style.html
(please note underscore between 'academic' and 'style'). Please also check the following website for details of the new departmental extensions policy:
http://www.rhul.ac.uk/Drama/Extensions.htm



1. "Effective devised performance is as much a matter of cultural as of aesthetic experiment". Discuss with close reference to work you have seen/participated in during the course.

2. What are the aesthetic principles of your company/theatre institution? Do different artistic disciplines and influences play an important role in the company's work?

3. Discuss the relationship between body and voice, and/or body and text, in the work of your company.

4. Discuss the relationship between the performer and the audience in productions by your company.

5. In what way does the theatrical style of your company intervene in its contemporary social, cultural or political context?

6. In what ways do the devising/rehearsal processes of your company determine the artistic shape of the final performances?

7. All theatre is reliant on the codes of the performer’s body. How, then, can we define 'physical theatre'? Discuss with reference to the company methodologies you have investigated.

8. Choose one of the following and - using evidence and research to back up your suggestions - describe how the theatre company you have studied might prepare a show based on it: Little Red Riding Hood; the war in Iraq; Leonardo da Vinci's The Last Supper (1498); the possibility of telepathy OR that of reincarnation; T S Eliot's 'The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock' (1917); space travel; Miles Davis’s Kind of Blue (1959); Ionesco's The Lesson (1950); Henry Fielding’s Shamela (1741).

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