Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Applied Theatre
Academic Year
Semester 2
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 10 x 3 hour Lecture/Workshops


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Essay (2500 words)  50%
Semester Exam 7 Hours   Devised fragment of Applied Theatre (15 mins)  50%
Supplementary Assessment Essay (2500 words) - (to a new title)  50%
Supplementary Assessment Individual plan for a fragment of Applied Theatre (15 mins)  50%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

Atriculate an understanding of the educational, theatrical and philosophical issues pertinent to current Applied Theatre practice through a written essay

To contribute positively to practical work, demonstrating a development of interpersonal, research and creative skills through the creation of a devised fragment of Applied Theatre

To present academically and practically, an understanding of process as an inherent part of the Applied Theatre experience for both the performer and audience;
Demonstrate, academically and practically, a mature analysis and reflection on the relationship between performers and participants in Applied Theatre

Brief description

The module is designed to introduce students to Applied Theatre through analysing the concepts and practice inherent in the work of British and international practitioners, both past and presetn. It will enable students to develop a practical understanding of the skills and process involved in the creation of Applied Theatre, and place existing practice within a historical and theoretical context. As in integral part of the module's assessment, students will be required to draw on that knowledge to devise a fragment of Applied Theatre.


This module will be taught through a series of lectures and workshiops led by departmental staff. The lectures and workshops will focus on the following topics:
1. Definitions and theories of Applied Theatre: TIE, community and radical performance
2. Augusto Boal: facilitators, directors adn participants-as-performers
3. Relationships to power: arts funding, politics and the National Curriculum
4. Drama in Education vs. Theatre in Education: The Belgrade Theatre
5. Contemporary TIE Practice: C&T and the Living Newspaper for the age of Youtube
6. Theatre in healthcare, prisons and beyond
7. The devising and scripting process, working as a company and workshop technique
8. The audience and the space
9. Research techniques & the ethics of participation
10. Evaluation of applied theatre programmes

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number There will be specific reference to budgeting and funding of Applied Theatre within the module, but these areas are not directly assessed
Communication Each student's ability to articulate and communicate their ideas to one another and to specific audiences is developed throughout this module. all forms of assessment include a consideration and evaluation of effective communication
Improving own Learning and Performance Students will be required to evaluate their own process and performance as proof of their understanding of the module, and the heuristic methods of education that it proposes
Information Technology This is not directly taught on the module, however, it relates to work surrounding research skills such as, collecting and collating information and contacting relevant people and resources. Extensive use of the internet is expected during the module
Personal Development and Career planning The educational and therapeutic contexts (as well as the variety of roles undertaken within Applied Theatre practice) explored on the course enables students to consider potential future career options with greater clarity
Problem solving The identification of problems, the development of creative approaches to solving problems, and the evaluation of potential solutions is a key element of this module In particular, the involvement of performers and participants in problem solving or discursive dialogue is an integral constituent of Applied Theatre practice and is examined in depth during the module
Research skills Research skills will be developed in preparation for, and as a result of, lectures, workshops and practical work, and assessed as part of the essay and the creation of the performance fragment
Subject Specific Skills See QAA Dance, Drama and Performance Subject Benchmark Statement (Version 2007) The following subject specific skills are developed and partly assessed: 1. Engaging in performance and production, based on an acquisition and understanding of appropriate performance and production vocabularies, skills, structures and working methods 2. Contributing to the production of performance 3. Creating original work using the skills and crafts of performance making 4. Using performance techniques associated with particular cultural forms and/or practitioners 5. Developing physical skills and applying them effectively to communicate with an audience 6. Engaging in research, whether independent, group or performance-based 7. Making records of performance, using skills in notation and/or documentation 8. Working within a group to make performance
Team work This skill is specifically addressed on the module and will be evaluated and assessed in relation to their contribution towards classwork and the creation of a fragment of Applied Theatre


This module is at CQFW Level 5