LIT396 : Other Theatres

Convener(s): Dr Bill McDonnell


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

General Information

The period 1965 - 1979 saw the birth of the Alternative Theatre movement. It was a period of global political and social ferment, whose dominant theme was liberation. Liberation movements developed which sought to advance agendas around class, race, gender, sexuality and nationalisms. These movements not only gave rise to new and exciting forms of theatre, but also to important debates about the relationship between art and politics, form and ideology, imagination and political activism. These themes, and the theatres which embodied them, are the focus of study.


The module will be taught through practical workshop sessions in the theatre workshop, during which you will have the opportunity to explore representative approaches and/or texts. These will be supplemented by tutor and student-led presentations on key texts and groups, drawing, where relevant, on documentary sources and films of performances.


The assessment will take two forms, each of which is intended to test the knowledge and skill outcomes for the module. The first assessment is the Performance Presentation. This makes up 60% of the module mark. The second assessment will take the form of a 1500 word Research Essay based on an area of alternative theatre. The research paper makes up 40% of the overall module mark.

Contact Details

Dr Bill McDonnell

Information last changed: Thursday 23rd of March 2017 :: 11:20:52 AM (GMT)

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