Gwybodaeth Modiwlau

Module Identifier
Module Title
Physical Theatre Vocabularies
Academic Year
Semester 1
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Practical 10 x 3 Hour Practical Sessions
Seminars / Tutorials 10 x 1 Hour Screening/Seminars


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Group Demonstration of practical work (10 mins) + 10 minute presentation of reflective documentation.  50%
Semester Assessment Critical Commentary - 2,500 words  50%
Supplementary Assessment Solo demonstration (10 mins) + 10 minute presentation of reflective documentation  50%
Supplementary Assessment Critical commentary on a new topic - 2,500 words  50%

Learning Outcomes

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

1. To employ and organise identified performative practices, in the context of both solo and group investigations.
2. To demonstrate a practical and theoretical understanding of identified performative practices.
3. To participate effectively and responsibly in interactive improvisational procedures.
4. To demonstrate an informed ability to articulate and mediate physical behaviour and gesture in order to generate performative meaning.


  • To encourage students to develop a personal process of practical investigation.
  • To provide a practical basis for the understanding of performative behaviours and practices.
  • To introduce procedures of personal and group improvisation.
  • To examine physical aspects of social and interpersonal behaviour.

Brief description

The module is comprised of a series of 10 x 3 hour practical classes based upon physical expression within which the student is expected to participate fully.

It introduces techniques that are progressive, allowing the student to begin to articulate and mediate their physical work to create complex interactive improvisations; that do not rely upon athletic ability; and that operates as a model for quantifying, analysing and generating physical performance work.


The module offers a series of practical classes: combining aspects of physical and performer training, with an introduction to the procedures of 'in all languages' - a precise performance technique which relies upon the acquisition of nine physical languages (three individual, three for two people and three for groups) each comprised of a fixed and limited number of gestures and movements - to introduce strategies of personal and group improvisation, and to examine the performative implications and consequences of physical aspects of social and interpersonal behaviour.

Session 1: Learning the Language: the basics - Duo 1
Session 2: Learning the Language: the basics - Duo 2
Session 3: Learning the Language: the basics - Solo 1
Session 4: Learning the Language: the basics - Solo 2
Session 5: Learning the Language: the basics - Group 1
Session 6: Learning the Language: the basics - Group 2
Session 7: Learning the Language: the basics - Duo 3, Solo 3, Group 3
Session 8: Articulation, Mediation and Choreography 1
Session 9: Articulation, Mediation and Choreography 2
Session 10: Articulation, Mediation and Choreography 3

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number This element is not assessed.
Communication The individual student's ability to articulate and communicate their ideas and opinions is developed across the duration of the module. This area of development is encouraged and assessed within all aspects of the processes and presentations involved, and the assessment forms recognise effective communication across verbal and performative material.
Improving own Learning and Performance Self-regulation, motivation and time-management are demanded to maintain engagement with the development of the course and the completion of its concomitant assessed assignments. Assessment procedures recognise effective self-management and self-motivation.
Information Technology Skills of information handling are not formally assessed, but are exercised through the conduct of research, presentation processes, and the collation of materials within the process of group working and individual study.
Personal Development and Career planning The module encourages the initial development of skills directly applicable to careers within cultural (particularly theatre/performance) industries. Further transferable skills (project planning and execution, the development of personal creative initiatives) are also developed through the completion of assessment tasks, though careers need awareness does not of itself constitute an assessed element.
Problem solving Creative 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 implicitly encouraged throughout the module, and are assessed through their impact on the development and presentation of the assessed demonstrations.
Subject Specific Skills See QAA Dance, Drama and Performance Subject Benchmark Statement (Version 2007)
Team work Group working is addressed across the duration of the module. Practical classes demand the application of skills necessary to conduct successful collaborative activity. The assessed group demonstration relates directly to the development and employment of such skills.


This module is at CQFW Level 5