Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Performance Writing
Academic Year
Semester 1
Successful completion of Part 1
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Practical 10 x 2 hour Lecture/Workshops


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Assessment 1:  Performance Writing Piece 1 (equivalent to 2,500 words) - a piece of writing which is located at a particular site, either physical or digital  50%
Semester Exam 21 Hours   Assessment 2:  Performance Writing Piece 2 (equivalent to 2,500 words) - a piece of writing which is located at a particular site, either physical or digital  7 hours x 3 days  50%
Supplementary Assessment Assessment 1 may be resubmitted with a different choice of subject matter or location.  50%
Supplementary Assessment Assessment 2 may be resubmitted with a different choice of subject matter or location.  50%

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Apply critically various strategies of writing for performance.

2. Demonstrate an intelligent awareness of compositional procedures involved in writing for performance.

3. Organise and present text effectively in relation to its specific context of exposition, applying a range of appropriate skills of verbal expression.

4. Make informed judgemwnts regarding the relationship of performance as a live event to the event of writing.


  • introduce students to a range of approaches to writing for, about and as performance that do not follow a dramatic, dialogue-led structure
  • to introduce strategies for performance writing that enable students to place themselves at the centre of their creative and critical writing
  • improve students' practical skills in verbal expression and composition
  • improve students' critical skills through examining and critically evaluating forms of writing for performance in relation to context and location

Brief description

As the dramatic text, with its focus on plot and dialogue, no longer occupies the central place it has traditionally held in Western theatre, other forms of writing for performance have developed in its place. The contemporary theatre and performance field features a wide spectrum of approaches that, although no longer fitting conventional notions of playwrighting, are nonetheless text-based: forms of storytelling, writing that forms part of a collective process of devising, writing that explores the poetic, sound or visual qualities of language, or texts that perform via other media and technologies.

This part seminar, part workshop-based module offers students the opportunity to explore some of the key procedures and techniques that inform contemporary writing for performance. Workshops explore such strategies as autobiography, storytelling, narrative, found text, collage, list and instructions.

Students will be encouraged to explore the performative dimensions of their writing in reference to page-based work, sound-based work, screen and web-based work, live performance or as installed writing (sited work). A particular focus will be on the role of place as a stimulus and context for writing.


1. Introduction: "What is Writing for Performance? What is Performance Writing?"
2. "Writing the self" - Memory and Autobiography
3. "Ways of telling" - Narrative and Storytelling
4. Working with "Found Text"
5. Performative Language - Instructions for Actions
6. Locating Writing
7. Mediating Writing
8. Collaborative Writing
9. The Page as Site
10. The Site as Page

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number
Communication THe ability to communicate ideas effectively in written form is assessed directly through Assessment 1 and 2. Oral communication is developed through seminar work.
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 Assessments 1 and 2.
Information Technology The ability to utilise information technology both in the research for and delivery of assignments is assessed directly in Assessments 1 and 2.
Personal Development and Career planning Transferable skills (managing personal workloads and meeting deadlines, designing and realizing assessment project) are developed through the completion of assessment tasks 1 and 2.
Problem solving Analytical problem solving, outcome recognition and the identification of appropriate strategies and procedures are encouraged and assessed.
Research skills Approprate personal research and the development of effective personal research practices are directly assessed through Assessments 1 and 2.
Subject Specific Skills See QAA Dance, Drama and Performance Subject Benchmark Statemebt (Version 2007).
Team work Seminar discussions demand the application of skills necessary to conduct collaborative activity such as negotiating ideas and opinions.


This module is at CQFW Level 6