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This course is designed for aspiring playwrights, dramaturges, and anyone who wants to gain an intensive, hand-on understanding of playwriting from the inside. It is an opportunity to enhance skills in writing for performance in a variety of contexts and to develop and write a play project. This programme also enables students to undertake advanced research in theatre and performance. Throughout the course, students have the opportunity to participate in independent and group-based practical projects, and to critically explore the methodological, historical and theoretical parameters of theatre studies. All students complete an independently-researched dissertation, which allows them to further develop their own areas of specialist interest. Tutors of this course are always practising playwrights and have included April De Angelis, Winsome Pinnock, Charlotte Keatley, Lois Weaver and Tash Fairbanks. Many students have gone on to careers in creative writing, including Tamantha Hammerschlag, whose Back-Pay was performed by the Royal Court. The ethos of the course is not to be prescriptive but to allow students to explore their own voices and styles while also examining conventions that have been used ? and broken ? in the creation of structure, metaphor, character, image and action. Students are encouraged to be ambitious, imaginative and challenging in their writing, following Howard Barker?s dictum: ?The work of a playwright is to imagine hard?. Students will be expected to sample a range of contemporary playwriting through reading and theatre visits London is, of course, one of the world centres for theatre and performance, and has a particularly strong tradition of presenting new writing, offering an unrivalled opportunity for immersion in the new writing scene. Course Structure & Assessment The course is comprised of 4 elements: ? Playwriting, taught over the two teaching terms, assessed through a full-length play and analysis (25%) ? Making performance texts, independent project with support offered through intensive practical workshops (25%) ? Core course, Theatre Contexts, Histories, Practices, which examines the relationship between theatre theory and practice, assessed through practice and written work (25%) ? Dissertation (25%) supported by a non-weighted methodologies course. (Dissertation: Methodologies and Approaches) The dissertation strand will provide an opportunity for playwrights to consider dramaturgical issues in a more critical manner, placing their work in a broader cultural and creative context. Potential topics could include the historical development of play forms the cultivation of ?new writing? in government arts policy comparative analyses of British and European playwriting traditions and forms close study of techniques, motifs and concerns within particular dramatists? works, etc. Further, the enviable range of archival resources in and around London could allow students to analyse the playwright?s craft through the examination of successive drafts of plays (the archives of Harold Pinter, Terence Rattigan and Noel Coward are all accessible and within reach of the College). Students successfully completing the programme will be awarded the degree of MA in Playwriting. We recommend that you use our online application form at: http:www.rhul.ac.ukregistryadmissionsapplyonline.html because it is the quickest and most efficient method for applying for admission to postgraduate courses. If you do require a printed copy of the postgraduate application form please contact drama@rhul.ac.uk remembering to include your postal address. Please read carefully the information on how to apply and ensure you forward the following information when you are applying online (or enclose with your application form) to Postgraduate Admissions as soon as possible: - Samples of written work in English, which should take the form of short academic essays or reviews of theatre productions (2,000 words each). - Students

This course is designed for aspiring playwrights, dramaturges, and anyone who wants to gain an intensive, hand-on understanding of playwriting from the inside. It is an opportunity to enhance skills in writing for performance in a variety of contexts and to develop and write a play project. This programme also enables students to undertake advanced research in theatre and performance. Throughout...

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