Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Analysing Performance
Academic Year
Semester 2
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 10 x 1 hour lectures
Seminars / Tutorials 10 x 1 hr seminars


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Reflective Portfolio (2,500 words)  50%
Semester Assessment Essay (2,500 words)  50%
Supplementary Assessment Reflective Portfolio (2,500 words)  50%
Supplementary Assessment Essay (2,500 words)  50%

Learning Outcomes

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

Identify, describe and discuss critically a diverse range of theatre and performance practices

Demonstrate the ability to analyse the structure and staging of theatre and performance as aesthetic events within a variety of stylistic conventions and genres.

Produce critical analyses of live theatre and performance events.

Brief description

This module will examine theatre and performance as 'aesthetic events' and introduce students to a series of analytic approaches (semiotic, sociological and performance). Students will be required to attend a number of live performances (of varying genres and styles) as an essential component of this module.


The module offers a series of lectures on definitions of performance and analytic approaches to performance analysis. The formal taught sessions will be complemented by attendance at a number of live performances (of varying genres and styles) during the semester which will help to deepen students' engagement with the critical vocabulary introduced in the lectures, and provide opportunities for students to apply this vocabulary to an analysis of live performance. Tutor-led seminars will also allow or the practical exploration and application of critical concepts. Lectures will cover the following topics:

1. Definitions of Performance
2. Cultural and Theatrical Competence (Framing)
3. Semiotics
4. Systematic approaches to analysis
5. Bodies: Performance and/as physical action
6. Spaces: Performance and/as spatial manipulation
7. Dramaturgy and structure
8. Performance and socio-cultural context
9. Performance and phenomenology
10. Genres of performance and analytical approaches

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Not Developed.
Communication Students will demonstrate oral communication skills in seminar sessions and gain experience in selecting and analysing material for written assessments. This is assessed directly through both Assessments.
Improving own Learning and Performance Self-regulation, motivation and time-management skills are developed through the module and are demanded for the successful completion of its assignments. These skills are directly assessed through both Assessments.
Information Technology The ability to utilise information technology both in the research for and delivery of written assignments is assessed directly in both Assessments.
Personal Development and Career planning Transferable skills (managing personal workloads and meeting deadlines, designing and realising research project) are developed through the completion of assessment tasks.
Problem solving Analytical problem solving, outcome recognition and the identification of appropriate strategies and procedures are encouraged and assessed across the duration of the module.
Research skills Appropriate personal research and the development of effective personal research practices are directly assessed through both Assessments.
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. Describing, theorising, interpreting and evaluating performance texts and performance events from a range of critical perspectives 2. Developing skills of observation and visual, aural and spatial awareness. 3. Considering theories of spectatorship and developing an awareness of audience or client group for performance and an ability to respond and adapt to it through flexible means. 4. Engaging in research, whether independent, group or performance-based. 5. Identifying and interpreting the cultural frameworks which surround performance events and on which these events impinge, and taking these into account in creating and/or interpreting performances. 6. Making records of performance, using skills in notation and/or documentation.
Team work Effective group work through negotiating ideas and opinions is addressed through the seminars. Seminar discussions demand the application of skills necessary to conduct collaborative activity.


This module is at CQFW Level 6