This course is designed as an introduction to traditional theatre, various performance forms, and the dramatic literature of a selection of world theatres indigenous to the countries we visit. Class discussions and readings will be supplemented by attendance at several live performances and meetings with international theatre practitioners while in port. Theatre will be studied in relation to its specific cultural context and importance. As a familiar reference, the semester will begin and end with American theatre. We will also explore how world theatre reflects its populations’ views on ethnicity, gender, sexuality, ageing, politics, and religion. In the last twenty years, computers have made a globalization of information available, previously only imagined. Will the future of theatre have a more homogeneous look or will theatre continue to have a strong and vital cultural context?
Field WorkCountry: Ireland
Day: 3 - Friday, 26 September