Department of Drama
Drama and theatre studies combine elements of literary, cultural, historical and sociological studies with a practical understanding.
The M.Phil in Theatre and Performance is a one-year taught course offering a study of strategies of analysis in theatre and performance in the context of Irish theatre practices.
Drama and theatre studies combine elements of literary, cultural, historical and sociological studies with a practical understanding of the various performing arts. The strong developmental emphasis of courses requires a particular blend of both practical and academic skills, and this often results in a relatively high number of contact hours. Students are expected to have nothing less than total commitment to the subject. The aim is to explore the relationship between the theory and the practice of theatre, to discover how and why theatre works.
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The Department of Drama is housed in the purpose-built Samuel Beckett Centre, which opened in 1992. Within the Centre is the Samuel Beckett Theatre, a 205 seat black box performance space, a Dance Studio/rehearsal space, a seminar room, offices and Players Theatre, the studio theatre of Trinity's student drama society.Trinity Lynn Parker (youtube.com)
The location of Trinity College in the heart of Dublin permits students to experience a wide range of theatre. Contemporary playwrights, directors, actors and designers often visit the Department to discuss their work and give workshops or courses. In recent years, visitors have included Bill Alexander, John Barton, Augusto Boal, Michael Bogdanov, John Russell Brown, Gabriel Byrne, Simon Callow, Sue-Ellen Case, Ritsaert ten Cate, Max Stafford-Clark, Garry Hynes, Pamela Howard, Patrick Mason, Christopher Newton, Harold Pinter, Gerardjan Rijnders, Fiona Shaw, Jim Sheridan, Gunilla Palmstierna-Weiss and Marina Carr. The Department of Drama at the Samuel Beckett Centre is ideally placed to study Irish theatre in an international context.