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Irish Theatre History and Archives (MA) [formerly MA Irish Drama & Theatre]
Students are eligible to apply for MA Humanities Scholarships.
NUI Galway has one of the world’s leading archives of Irish theatre material, including the digital archive of the Abbey Theatre, as well as the papers of Thomas Kilroy, Druid Theatre, the Lyric Players’ Theatre, and many more.
Students on this course will have unprecedented access to these materials – almost all of them unavailable anywhere else—to learn about such major Irish writers as W.B. Yeats, J.M. Synge, G.B. Shaw, Lady Gregory, Sean O’Casey, Samuel Beckett, Brian Friel, Tom Murphy, Thomas Kilroy, Marina Carr, Martin McDonagh, Enda Walsh, and many others.
We will read these writers’ plays and discuss the historical staging of their work. Students on this programme will be able to access archival material relating to these authors—including videos of performances, original promptbooks, correspondence, drafts of plays, and so on. The course thus provides students with exciting and unique ways to explore the history and practice of Irish theatre.
This course is ideally suited to anyone with an interest in Irish drama and theatre. It provides skills in research and archiving and will thus be of special interest to anyone interested in PhD research on Irish drama—yet it is also very well suited to people with a general interest in Irish drama who wish to develop their knowledge further. It also has practical components, and involves attendance at theatres in Galway and Dublin. Students will also be able to benefit from the University’s partnerships with the Abbey Theatre and Druid.
Applications and Selections
Who Teaches this Course
- Professor Patrick Lonergan
- Dr Charlotte McIvor
- Dr Miriam Haughton
- Thomas Conway, Druid Director-in-Residence
- Professor Lionel Pilkington
Requirements and Assessment
1 year, full-time
Next start date
A Level Grades ()
Please refer to the review/closing date website.
Mode of study
All students take the following four courses, each worth 10 ECTs.
- Irish Drama and Theatre from Wilde to O'Casey
- Irish Drama and Theatre from Beckett to the Present
- The Abbey Theatre Digital Archive
- Druid Theatre in History and Practice
Students then choose two further modules from the following list:
- Writing about Theatre and Performance
- Theatre Theory
- Irish Theatre in Practice
- Reviewing Theatre in Ireland
All students also complete a minor dissertaion, worth 30 ECTs, on a topic of their choice related to Irish drama.
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Fees: Student levy
Fees: Non EU
Postgraduate students in receipt of a SUSI grant—please note an F4 grant is where SUSI will pay €2,000 towards your full-time tuition. You will be liable for the remainder of the total fee. An F5 grant is where SUSI will pay full-time TUITION up to a maximum of €6,270. SUSI will not cover the student levy of €224.
Postgraduate fee breakdown = tuition (EU or NON EU) + student levy as outlined above.
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