New Writing in Contemporary British Theatre

British theatre attaches particular importance to new writers and new plays. This module aims to explore the evolution of a ‘new writing’ culture from the mid- to late nineties through to the early years of the twenty first century by examining a representative range of playwrights and plays. Questions of form will be explored but the course also examines the urgent contemporary issues that have come to figure in the new writing landscape – issues such as gender, race, sexuality, self-hood, family, nation and globalisation. Assessment is by group presentation and seen exam.