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DTS3630 - Shakespeare: Text and Performance

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: Sue Tweg


Not offered in 2007


In this unit we look at nine of Shakespeare's plays, both as texts on the page for study and analysis, and as blueprints for performance work. The aim is to encourage you to experience plays as both imaginative poetry and living theatre for today. We explore how plays have been understood at different historical times and in different cultures. There will be a weekly two-hour workshop for all students, plus an additional (optional) hour long performance workshop on a selected play each Wednesday afternoon.


Workshop participation and presentation: 50%
Examination (2 hours) or short performance with written analysis (2000 word equivalent) or essay (2000 words): 50%
Third-year students will be expected to demonstrate greater sophistication in the interpretation of texts, to take the lead in practical explorations, and to make reference in written work to relevant secondary material

Contact hours

2 hours (1 x 2 hour workshop) per week


A first year sequence