LIT251 : British Theatre Since 1960

Convener(s): Dr Steve Nicholson


Please note: This module may or may not run in any given semester. Please check with the tutor.

General Information

This module will allow you to read, discuss and analyse some of the most significant and challenging playtexts written and staged in Britain between the 1960s and the 1990s. We shall focus on them not just as literary works but as texts which live primarily within performance. So we will think about issues of staging, performance and critical reception as well as what the words themselves might mean. Although the module is primarily seminar-based, we may occasionally use practical work within classes as a way into better understanding the texts, and there will be an option of using performance as an element within your assessment. However, this is not compulsory, and the module is entirely open to (and appropriate for) students who have no interest in performing. As well as looking at the plays, we will examine the historical, political, cultural and aesthetic contexts in which they were originally written, and how far they still speak to audiences today.


Primarily seminars. Occasional practical work within classes (but no performance element required). Where possible, viewing of productions live or in recordings.


One essay of 2000 words (50%) and one oral presentation (normally as part of a small group) (50%) which imagines how one of the texts might be staged. Optionally, this presentation MAY include an element of live performance.

Contact Details

Dr Steve Nicholson

Information last changed: Thursday 07th of April 2016 :: 01:16:24 PM (BST)

Please note: This module may or may not run in any individual session. Please check with the course convener.


The University of Sheffield, Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TN, UK