Professor David Britton
Professor
English Literature & Creative Writing
Telephone: (01792) 602564
Room: Office - 238
Second Floor
Keir Hardie Building
Singleton Campus

D.J. Britton is an award-winning dramatist, director and dramaturg. He was formerly National Executive Producer heading the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s radio drama department, and is now the Drama specialist on the Creative Writing Programme in the English Department at Swansea University.

Since the success of his first Australian stage play Landlovers in 1987, David Britton has written many dramatic works for theatre, radio and the visual media. Australian stage credits include Cargo (Swan Gold Award, Play of the Year) and his co-adaptation of Elizabeth Jolley’s The Newspaper of Claremont Street. His epic theatre work Plainsong was a major hit at the Millennium Perth International Festival of the Arts, winning the 2001 Equity Award for Production of the Year. Review comments include:

"Britton has written a stimulating celebration of humankind’s monumental struggle with fear…a triumph of imagination." - Dr Geoffrey Gibbs in The West Australian.

"Astonishingly, in just under three hours, the production creates a real sense of community, mingling contemporary politics with eternal concerns….blossoming into a larger vision of how great art and great spiritual myths are part of what makes us all human. A must-see triumph" - Dr Gareth Griffiths in The Australian

Publications

  1. (2011). The Wizard the Goat and the Man Who Won the War . See other details: Play script.
  2. (2010). Oedipus/Antigone. London: Methuen / Bloomsbury.

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Teaching

  • EN-236 Introduction to Writing Drama

    This lecture/workshop module leads the student through theory and practice of the main areas of naturalistic theatre, with a short introduction to non-naturalistic theatre. Regular assignments will be set, and these will be brought to the workshop to be presented and considered. The module considers the relationship between writer, play, actors and audience. It examines methods of structuring material so as to reinforce curiosity and create empathy and suspense, and explores issues of character and dialogue. Emphasis will be placed throughout on the practicalities of the creation of a performance script.

  • EN-3026 Creative Writing Personal Project

    Students taking this module must submit a portfolio of creative writing of between 7-8,000 words in any genre, subject to Departmental approval. The Personal Project is an independent study module for which each student will receive 5 hours of individual or group supervision. Supervisions will take place at regular intervals with set targets, and will primarily involve feedback on the style and structure of the submission.

  • EN-M35 Genre: Writing for the Stage

    What makes writing dramatic? A consideration of some components of dramatic story-telling:thesis, narrative, character, style. Action versus reflection. The tension between the ordinary and the special. The Big Idea: Developing a central thesis. Narrative and Dramatic Structure:The modern two act play ( releasing possibilities/ reaping what we sow). Scene assemby. Choices in the use of time. Creating dramatic tension.Dialogue on the stage: Vanya on 42nd Street (Chekhov/Mamet); Waiting for Godot (Beckett). Style:A discussion of the choices available and current trends. Collaboration: Working with directors, actors, designers and technicians. Scripts that will provoke the interest of theatre professionals. Shaping and rewriting:Self-editing as you progress through drafts.

  • ENMD00 Creative Writing Dissertation

    Individual Creative Writing project devised and defined in discussion between supervisor and student (within the parameters pertaining to genre detailed in the MA Creative Writing handbook)

Supervision

  • Podcasting: A Comprehensive Study of the Medium’s Impact on the broadcast industry and its long term ramifications (current)

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    Other supervisor: Prof Julian Preece
  • Knitters! (No change at this stage) (current)

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    Other supervisor: Ms Nicola Vaughan
  • The Insistent Image and The Word (current)

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    Other supervisor: Mr Jon Gower
  • Never Go Crooked; A Theatrical Exploration of Hybristophilia (current)

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    Other supervisor: Mr Geraint Evans
  • Novel: Dance the Centre. Support essay: The Magpie Bridge: (current)

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    Other supervisor: Dr Francesca Rhydderch
  • Developing One’s Voice: A Heroine’s Journey to Literary Individuation in Speculative Fiction (current)

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    Other supervisor: Dr Alan Bilton
  • Are you even Chinese? (current)

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    Other supervisor: Ms Gilly Adams
  • An exploration of the social and cultural contexts of theatrical performance in concentration camps and Jewish ghettos by the victims of the Holocaust (current)

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    Other supervisor: Dr Stephen Mcveigh
  • Pasticcio Opera: Origins, Development, Decline and Revival.«br /»«br /»«br /» «br /»«br /»«br /» 'Llywelyn Fawr, Y Llyw yn y Llun'. A new pasticcio opera. (current)

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    Other supervisor: Prof Derek Connon
  • A screenplay exploring masculine identity in contemporary Wales and a supporting exegesis which will investigate the ways in which the cinema of Wales constructs culturally and nationally specific forms of masculine identity. (current)

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    Other supervisor: Dr Elain Price
  • Beyond the Myth - finding the truth and drama in a biographical screenplay. (current)

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    Other supervisor: Prof Daniel Williams
  • Product vs Process (awarded 2018)

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    Other supervisor: Dr Amanda Rogers
  • 'One Hand Against The Wall: A Collection of Short Stories' (awarded 2017)

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    Other supervisor: Prof Stevie Davies
  • 'Ticking' (awarded 2017)

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    Other supervisor: Prof Jasmine Donahaye