Postwar European Playwrights

Taught through lectures, seminars and practical workshops, this module explores trends in post-World-War-II European Playwriting through studying key texts by major playwrights from Samuel Beckett to Heiner Müller. It develops an understanding of terms such as Theatre of the Absurd, Documentary Theatre and Memory Theatre by focusing on the texts’ experimental dramaturgies and their implications for performance. Key texts and playwrights will be situated in terms of the varied historical, political, aesthetic and philosophical contexts from which they emerged. Assessment is by group practical presentation and essay.