Theatre is an ancient art form that enjoys continuing popularity in many modern societies, including Singapore. Why is this? And what can it tell us about both the distinctiveness of the theatre experience, and the place and times we live in? To answer these questions, this module, which requires no prior knowledge of theatre, starts with the spectator's experience and works outwards. Part One identifies theatre’s unique qualities. Part Two explores how to analyse them. Part Three considers theatricality in mass culture. Lectures and tutorial discussions will draw on plays, critical writings and theatre performances.