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Applications invited for this innovative new course, beginning in 2011. This course in Applied Drama and Theatre is taught in partnership with a range of companies and organisations, who work in theatre education, theatre and disability, theatre and refugees, theatre in health and care. The pathway is led by Professor Helen Nicholson, who is co-editor of RiDE: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance, and leading authority and practitioner in applied theatre. The aim of this pathway is to explore ways in which drama and theatre might be applied to educational, therapeutic and community contexts. Applied drama theatre is an umbrella term which includes the practice of drama in a wide range of settings, such as drama and theatre in education young people?s theatre drama, health and healing reminiscence and heritage theatres theatre in prisons theatre for development and community theatre. This pathway offers students creative and research opportunities in some of these diverse and dynamic contexts. It also raises generic questions about the politics and values of applied drama, and encourages students to examine critically central debates in this aspect of theatre practice. Applied Drama is rooted in performance and theatre studies, but any critical analysis will necessarily engage with debates in related disciplines such as anthropology, education, social psychology, politics, philosophy and cultural studies. The first part of the course aims to reflect these theoretical issues by considering drama for social intervention, questions of community and the role of drama in education. The second part of the course is designed to be flexible students will have the opportunity to research aspects of applied drama in which they are particularly interested and to share their research findings with others. In the third element of the pathway, students will develop their own practical project in their chosen field. For this project, students are encouraged to be creative and innovative, and to apply their understanding of drama and theatre to particular educational contexts, communities, sites or settings. The course will also prepare students to work in different locations and help them develop their own praxis and practical skills as practitioners, workshop leaders and drama facilitators. The dissertation strand will allow students to interrogate critically their own practice and that of other applied drama practitioners. Potential topics might include the values and effectiveness of theatre in education an analysis of learning in drama education a study of ritual, performance and healing the social and psychological benefits of reminiscence theatre the role of education outreach work in theatre. The Applied Drama pathway will inform and be informed by the core courses, where students will experience radically different approaches to performance-making in both conventional theatre spaces and in non-theatrical settings. This will enable students to consider the relationship between innovative performance practices and work in applied drama. Students successfully completing the programme will be awarded the degree of MA in Theatre (Applied Drama). We are moving away from physical application forms and would like to encourage all our applicants to apply online if at all possible. Paper applications should be returned to the Registry at Royal Holloway and be accompanied by two essays or other recent pieces of critical writing. Candidates in Britain at the time of application will be invited to interview everyone applying is welcome to visit the Department. Overseas candidates may be interviewed by telephone. For enquiries, forms or further details please visit our website http:www.rhul.ac.ukdramaandtheatreprospectivepostgraduatestaughtcourseshome.aspx

Applications invited for this innovative new course, beginning in 2011. This course in Applied Drama and Theatre is taught in partnership with a range of companies and organisations, who work in theatre education, theatre and disability, theatre and refugees, theatre in health and care. The pathway is led by Professor Helen Nicholson, who is co-editor of RiDE: The Journal of Applied Theatre and...

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