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-118 Creative Writing: Styles of Fiction

    An innovative module that will introduce the student to the art of writing within a broad range of styles. Weekly lectures will introduce each student to authors of specific styles, such as poetry, writing for theatre, song writing and professional writing. Each lecture will be followed by a seminar that will focus on a variety of methods used to write in that specific style. Regular assignments will offer the student an opportunity to write creatively - a unique opportunity to expand, discover, and explore their emerging writerly voice. Built into the module is a wide reaching reading programme that will assist each student to be conversant with the traditions of writing in a specific genre, whilst encouraging close reading and editing skills. Students will be taught by published authors who work within these particular genres, and will also have the opportunity to hear these authors read & discuss their own new work and works-in-progress. The module aims to examine the structure, voice, setting and style, of specific written material so as to initiate curiosity, create empathy, and focus on increasing an understanding of the structures used within research, writing character, setting and historical context in a specific style. Emphasis will be placed on the theory and practice of reading, comprehension and writing.

  • EN-119 The Stage Play World

    The Stage Play World is an introductory module which combines an overview of performance history -- from classical Greek theatre to the present-day stage presentations -- with the development of reading and analytical skills. The module teaches students how to read and understand a stage script and then moves on to a consideration of how to analyse what is being read. The course also teaches students how to argue persuasively from that analysis. The module has been designed to emphasise the continuous development of drama, together with its links to social and historical events and to movements in other forms of art and literature. There are a number of set texts, with additional extracts that will be considered in lectures.

  • 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

  • Knitters! (No change at this stage) (current)

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    PhD
    Other supervisor: Ms Nicola Vaughan
  • Developing One’s Voice: A Heroine’s Journey to Literary Individuation in Speculative Fiction (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Alan Bilton
  • The Insistent Image And The Word (current)

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

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Mr Geraint Evans
  • Untitled (current)

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

    Student name:
    PhD
    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)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Stephen Mcveigh
  • Beyond the Myth - finding the truth and drama in a biographical screenplay. (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Daniel Williams
  • Podcasting: A Comprehensive Study of the Medium’s Impact on the broadcast industry and its long term ramifications (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Julian Preece
  • Novel: Dance the Centre. Support essay: The Magpie Bridge: (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Francesca Rhydderch
  • Untitled (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Ms Gilly Adams
  • 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)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Elain Price
  • 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)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Derek Connon
  • Product vs Process (awarded 2018)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Amanda Rogers
  • 'Ticking' (awarded 2017)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Jasmine Donahaye
  • 'One Hand Against The Wall: A Collection of Short Stories' (awarded 2017)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Stevie Davies