Module Information

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A minimum of 20 credits of appropriate practically-based Theatre Studies modules in the third year.
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Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment 1 twenty minute individual oral presentation    40%
Semester Assessment 2500 word notebook  60%

Learning Outcomes

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

*Demonstrate a critical understanding of their own practical theatre experience, together with an objective self-assessment of their contribution to the production/project undertaken

*Demonstrate a coherent analysis of those theatrical concepts, ideas, approaches and methodologies which are of specific relevance to their own practical assignment(s)

*Show a critical understanding of the directorial concept and genre chosen for the project(s)


This module is compulsory for Joint Honours students in Semester 1 and Single Honours students in Semester 2 who undertake a DR practical module (DR31720, DR31820, DR31920,DR23820, DR32420, DR33620 and DR33120.) Those who have not undertaken practical modules are not permitted to take this module.

  • To provide students with an opportunity to reflect upon their practical work and to analyse their creative achievement.
  • To analyse and document their process in written form.
  • To prepare for a 20-minute oral presentation during which students will discuss the efficacy of the practical concepts and methodologies encountered during their participation in the Department's practical semester.

Brief description

This module gives students the opportunity to analyse and reflect upon the practical production work which they have engaged in during the first semester of the third year. During the practical projects students will keep log-books documenting the process; these will form the basis for them to draw upon in writing a working notebook about directorial and design concepts, acting styles, rehearsal methodologies, and/or production processes (depending upon their own experiences and pathways through the projects). As well as having the opportunity to articulate these findings in a written assignment, students will be asked to discuss them orally.

For information on due dates for submission of assessed work, please refer
to the departmental web pages at

Reading List

Recommended Background
Barba, Eugenio (1995) The Paper Canoe London and New York: Routledge Primo search Brook, Peter (1998) Threads of Time: A Memoir London: Methuen Primo search Carnicke, Sharon Marie (1998) Stanislavski: A Biography London: harwood Academic Publishers, Gordon & Breach Intl. Primo search Chaikin, J (1991) The Presence of the Actor New York, Theatre Communications Group Primo search Chekhov, Michael (1991) On the Technique of Acting New York: Harper Perennial Primo search Clark, Max Stafford (1990) Letters to George - an account of a rehearsal. London: Nick Hearn Books Primo search Hodge, Alison (2000) Twentieth Century Actor Training London: Routledge Primo search Hornby, R (1992) The End of Acting: A Radical View New York: Applause Primo search Innes, Christopher (1998) Edward Gordon Craig: A Vision of Theatre Amsterdam: Harwood Academic Press Primo search Moston, D. (1993) Coming to Terms with Acting New York: Drama Book Primo search Schechner, Richard (1988) Performance Theory New York & London: Routledge Primo search Schechner, Richard and Wolford, Lisa (1997) The Grotowski Sourcebook New York & London: Routledge Primo search Thompson, P and Sacks, G (1994) The Cambridge Companion to Brecht. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press Primo search Toporkov, Vasily (1979) Stanislavski in Rehearsal: The Final Years New York: Theatre Arts Books Primo search Zarrilli, Philip B (1995) Acting Reconsidered London: Routledge Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 6