Faculty of Arts
Drama: Topics and Themes
This course builds on the performance principles and experiences involved in DRAMA 204 and DRAMA 302. It focuses on the topic of comedy, requiring more detailed exploration of particular theatrical and dramatic issues. Students should be prepared for extensive practical workshops and discussion on the material studied. Areas of exploration will include: laughter, the comic actor and the audience, clowning, styles of comedy and the comic, the social spaces of performance, political/street theatre, commedia del'arte methods, and other topics. Particular writers and works providing scenarios for exploration will include classical comedy, Shakespearean comedy, farce and contemporary comedy.
NB: enrolment is limited to 20 students, with selection based on: 1) preference given to Drama majors; 2) preference given to Drama minors; 3) GPA with consideration given to theatre/performance experience. Early enrolment is strongly advised as an initial selection will be completed 10 December with further selection on a first-come, first-enrolled basis only if places remain unfilled.
Critchley, On Humour (Routledge); Stott, Comedy (Routledge).
DRAMA 301: 15.0 points
DRAMA 204 and English Department approval