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The Costumer's Manifesto: British Theatre Practice from the Romans to the Present Study in London

British Theatre Practice from the Romans to the Present

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Model of an Elizabethan Theatre at the Museum of London

[This page is purely an example of the kind of web pages I will be making for recruitment if I am selected to teach in the NCSA London program. This is just part of the application I am making to NCSA, and not yet a real class. To learn more about the existing AHA study programs around the world, including the NCSA London program, click

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Instructor: Tara Maginnis, Ph.D., and Professor of Theatre, University of Alaska Fairbanks

Course Description: Theatre History in Britain focusing on the history of performance and production, rather than the literature of plays.Examine the complete culture of British theatre artists at work: their traditions and superstitions, their theatre spaces, how they made a living (not always at the box office), and how this adaptive culture made, and keeps, live theatre the dominant art form in the UK.

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The Home of W.S. Gilbert, playwright and librettist of The MikadoH.M.S. PInafore, and The Pirates of Penzance

Course objective: Enable students to understand how British theatre has grown stronger, and more culturally central, over history by an unusual blend of traditionalism blended with innovation.

Weekly Schedule:

Course readings/texts:

Online essays linked from this class’ web page. ---->

File:H.tTrussler, Simon,

Cambridge Illustrated History of British Theatre, Cambridge: University Press, 1994.

Recommended advance readings:

File:H.tLeapman, Michael, and Scott, Mary (eds.)

Travel Guide to London London, DK Adult, 2003 (any edition is OK)

Other books of interest:

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Week 1: Introduction to course.Slide show on Archeological evidence of theatre in Ancient and Medieval Britain.Slide show on British theatre architecture through history, showing both the theatres we will be visiting, and the theatres that no longer exist.

Week 2: Visit to the

Amphitheatre ruins in Guildhall Yard and the

Temple Hall

Week 3: The shadow economy of Southwark and a visit to

George Inn and the

Operating Theatre

George Inn Theatre and picture

inn-yard as theatre

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Exhibits at the Theatre Museum

Week 4: The development of costumes and makeup, and visit to the

Museum

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The stage of the reconstruction of the Globe Theatre

Week 5: Visit to the reconstruction of the

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Week 6: Lecture on sex and the theatre economy and visit to the

Royal, Drury Lane

Week 7: Lecture on theatre mythology and legends and visit to the

Vic Theatre

Week 8: Lecture on theatre scenery in the 19th century and visit to

Toy Theatre collection or The Bethnal Green

of Childhood toy theatre collection

Week 9: “The man who pays the bills...” and visit to

Music Hall

Music Hall

Week 10: State supported theatre, and a visit to the

National Theatre Complex

Week 11: Group presentations

Proposed Excursions:

Evening theatre performances as available.Should include a visit to the “

Theatre” at the Venue (recreation of c.1900 Music Hall show), A G&S Opera, Pantomime, Shakespeare, and any other historically interesting plays that can be found in the 2006 season.

Theatre of Verulamium, St. Albans, area also has a

Museum and fortress walls, one of the oldest Gothic churches in the UK, a medieval clock tower and city center, and is only about 30 minutes from King’s Cross.

St. Albans, Hertforshire - Roman relics.

On a Friday or Saturday only: Go to Bristol to take the tour of the 1766 theatre.

Old Vic’s main house is the historic Theatre Royal in King Street. It is the oldest continuously working theatre in the country.

Theatre RoyalRichmond, North Yorkshire, 1788 Theatre in near perfect preservation, Theatre Museum.

While it doesn’t directly have information for the course, a trip to Stratford would probably be a good idea.

In the event that the Bath trip is approved for the Costume and Décor class, it could also be possible to tour the 1863 Theatre Royal, Bath.

In addition to these excursions, I wish to arrange for students to meet for class in a number of places in London, including:

Theatre Museum

Amphitheatre ruins in Guildhall yard

Old Vic, Built in 1818

[3]Wilton’s Music Hall, Built in 1859

Toy Theatre Collection (providing it has a new home by 2006)

[4]The Globe

[5]The George Inn

[6]The Middle Temple Hall

Theatre Royal, Drury Lane

National Theatre Complex

Old Operating Theatre

Instructional methodology: Students will be expected to complete two projects: a term-length notebook, journal, sketchbook, or blog reflecting on the places visited, and plays seen, in relationship with the course content, and a small-group research and reconstruction project on a specific performance from British theatre history. This latter can be presented in the form of a toy theatre performance, an acted performance, or a multimedia presentation with handouts and visual aids.

Method of evaluation/grading

Attendance & participation, 10% of grade.

Notebook, journal, sketchbook or blog, 50% of grade.

Group research project and presentation 40% of grade.

[This page is purely an example of the kind of web pages I will be making for recruitment if I am selected to teach in the NCSA London program. This is just part of the application I am making to NCSA, and not yet a real class. To learn more about the existing AHA study programs around the world, including the NCSA London program, click

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Useful Related Links:

Roman Theatre of Verulamiun

St. Albans, Hertforshire - Roman relics.

Operating Theatre Museum and Herb Garret Web Site

Albans Museums web site - Verulamium Museum

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in Cornwall - The Cornish Ordinalia

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Ordinalia - Studies and Criticism

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Cornish Ordinalia and the St. Just Plen-an-gwary

Ordinalia Site

Round

Romances of the West of England: Customs of Ancient Days: "St George" - The Christmas Plays

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Mystery Plays: Illumination - from Darkness into Light

Guilds of York - York Mystery Plays: background information

Mystery Plays - Miracle Plays

George Inn Theatre and picture

inn-yard as theatre

Georgian Theatre Royal - Richmond, North Yorkshire

Georgian Theatre Royal - Richmond, North Yorkshire

Old Vic: Information: History

- London - Your London - Restoration - Wilton's Music Hall

Music Hall

Old Vic Theatre

Theatres Trust - protecting our theatres and making them better

Raymond Mander & Joe Mitchenson Theatre Collection

: Press Releases Archive : The Jerwood Library of the Performing Arts supports Trinity's distinctive mission

Pollock's Toy Museum ONLINE ::

Sir John Soane's Museum Web Page

Player's Theatre Music Hall in London at The Venue - tickets and information

Caryn.com Treat for Halloween 2004: The Haunted Playhouse

Useful Theatres Online - THEATRE ROYAL, DRURY LANE

Globe Theatre, Bankside, Southwark, London

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Class #1: A History of British Fashion & Decor


Class #2: British Theatre Practice from the Romans to the Present

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Tara Maginnis

About

Program

Costume Travel Page

Product Links

Costumes and Scripts in the Elizabethan Theatres Costumes and Scripts in the Elizabethan Theatres

to Performing Arts Programs : Profiles of over 600 Colleges, High Schools, and Summer Programs

A Source Book in Theatrical History A Source Book in Theatrical History

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre Restored Shakespeare's Globe Theatre Restored

Female Playwrights of the Restoration: Five Comedies (Everyman Female Playwrights of the Restoration: Five Comedies (Everyman

The Secret Life of Aphra Behn The Secret Life of Aphra Behn

The Rover and Other Plays (The World's Classics) The Rover and Other Plays (The World's Classics)

Sexual Violence on the Jacobean Stage Sexual Violence on the Jacobean Stage

"The Costumer's Manifesto"
by Tara Maginnis