Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Applied Theatre Project
Academic Year
Semester 2
Successful Completion of Part 1
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Seminar 5 x 1 Hour Seminars
Practical 10 x 4 Hour Practicals


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Specific practical event tailored for delivery to a specific audience/context.  60%
Semester Assessment Written reflection on the work of the module that evidences understanding, self-reflection and awareness of product in relation to process.  40%
Supplementary Assessment 6,000 Word Essay.  The scale and nature of this essay will be determined by the Module Co-ordinator and the Institute Director of Undergraduate Studies, according to the percentage of work missed of Undergraduate Studies, according to the percentage of work missed.  60%
Supplementary Assessment Creative portfolio documentation or research essay  of 4,000 words. The scale and nature of this essay will be determined by the Module Co-ordinator and the Institute Director of Undergraduate Studies, according to the percentage of work missed.  40%

Learning Outcomes

1. Work co-operatively within a group under the guidance of a facilitator, to research, devise, and create work relevant to the field of Applied Theatre and to the specific audience addressed by the work.

2. Produce a pertinent and thorough documentation of that process and event that reveals a deepening engagement with contexts issues and responses to those conditions.

3. Apply and sustain skills required for the execution of specific roles throughout the duration of the project.

4. Reflect critically on their contribution to all aspects of the work.

5. Have a growing appreciation of the complexity of different contexts, populations and issues encountered through the module.

Brief description

In this module students will work in small groups on devising an event for a targeted group. This may be a project for school children, young offenders, the elderly, or other groups of people who identify as support service users. Central to the success of this module is the ability for students to work as members of a team under the guidance of staff or guest facilitator. During rehearsals and workshops, teaching staff will facilitate the development of a concept, strategy and methodology of work appropriate to devising theatre/workshops for a target audience. They will also be responsible for setting research projects and establishing clear aims and guidelines to ensure that there is a realistic framework for the successful creation of the agreed Applied Theatre work.


Course delivery:
3 day Intensive Introductory Workshop during the Introduction/Preparation for Semester 2 period
5 x 1 hour seminars - weeks 1 to 5
10 x 4 hour practical sessions
6 x 1 hour guided visits to external organisations

Students will work as a team taking on various roles as facilitators, actors, and coordinators in consultation with their group. They will work intensively on an approved Departmental project. During rehearsals students will be encouraged to use appropriate theatre games, improvisations, exercises and workshops, which they will specifically design to aid the project process.

These projects will be performed either in an appropriate site-specific location or Departmental theatre space. Each project will be intended for a particular setting and wherever possible it will be delivered within the setting or at a suitable venue for service users/target audience.
During the rehearsal process, students will be expected to research and document their chosen topic, create and devise fragments of theatre and/or workshop material in small groups and on an individual basis, and work towards an appropriately devised event.
Performance times will be decided in consultation with staff and external organisations. Each week students will be required to produce a typed/recorded progress report (400-500 words) for their staff facilitator and the Module Coordinator, which gives details concerning their objectives and process and culminates in a formative assessment of both. This work will be used as evidence toward the assessment criteria for the process and final event.

Students will be expected to research and reference appropriate practitioners, researchers and theorists throughout the above process.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number This is not part of the module.
Communication Central to the learning experience is the development of clear and sophisticated communication skills.
Improving own Learning and Performance The 4 hour sessions alongside the 1 hour seminars will include self and peer evaluation and develop the individual’s capacity to manage complex interactions and to link with theoretical understandings of practice.
Information Technology This is not part of the learning on this module.
Personal Development and Career planning Students are strongly supported in understanding their personal skills and weaknesses. They are supported in the development of all aspects of interpersonal communication, awareness of work place environments, and offered opportunities to connect with established practitioners.
Problem solving Problem solving is an inherent part of the process of group work and this extends into understanding how to manage relationships within professional contexts and other organizational patterns beyond the university.
Research skills Students are expected to give coherent regular assessments of their development throughout the semester and the final assessment of a written portfolio requires research and literacy skills.
Subject Specific Skills SThe practical skills delivered are specific to contemporary working practices within the profession of Applied Theatre.
Team work The success of each individual with their final project/event and their process is the ability to work as a team member.


This module is at CQFW Level 6