Irish Playwriting: A Creative Introduction

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Course Information
Discipline(s): 
Literature
Creative Writing
Terms offered: 
Fall, Spring
Credits: 
3
Language of instruction: 
English
Description: 

Irish dramatists have for many years been held in high esteem on the world stage. Students will study the development of this success and gain an insight into subject matters which inspire Irish Playwrights. Through focused study of selected plays, students will better understand the linguistic primacy in writing for the stage, not only to enhance analytical and creative understanding, but for students to learn themselves the fundamental practice of writing for the stage. The aim, using thematically structured classes, will allow students to project their new understanding of dialogue, character, action into their own work, and to gradually build up a short play set in Ireland using these techniques. Some intensive one-on-one sessions with the tutor will facilitate this process. These student pieces will be read/performed in a showcase using acting students from the Gaiety School of Acting, the National Theatre School of Ireland, at the end of the semester.