Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 2
Other Staff

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Performed Essay/Presentation:  30 minutes duration. Sustained critical analysis of one of the genres or practices introduced during the module, through performative presentation.  100%
Supplementary Assessment Resit as performed essay with alternative title. Resits of assignments when necessary and in accordance with the conditions and timetable set by the university.   100%

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, students should be able:
1. to effectively employ advanced skills in informed and critical analysis and discussion of post-dramatic theatre, evaluating its manifestations through contemporary theoretical and conceptual approaches
2. to demonstrate a developed ability to identify conceptual strategies and techniques in a range of stylistic conventions
3. to demonstrate an advanced ability to distinguish, appreciate and evaluate aesthetic distinctiveness in a range of practices
4. to review and consolidate - through practical application - their understanding of complex operational procedures of post-dramatic performance


The aim of this module is:
a) to explore the emergence of post-dramatic theatre forms
b) to examine in-depth the work of a number of paradigmatic practitioners and companies in developing a series of critical approaches
c) to enable students to distinguish, appreciate and evaluate aesthetic distinctiveness in the field of post-dramatic theatre
d) to encourage practical initiatives in the presentation of intellectual argument through performative means

Brief description

This is an academic module with practical elements that examines the emergent field of post-dramatic theatre within which notions such as character, motive, plot and narrative development are brought into question.
Close attention is paid to contemporary British, American and European manifestations particularly in the field of mediated performance.


Indicative sessions might include:

What is Post-dramatic Theatre?
The Crisis of Drama - Drama and Theatre
Postdramatic Textualities
The Aesthetics of Time
Tragedy and the Postdramatic
Other Voices
Gesture and Dance
Postdramatic Spectatorship
From Theatre-performance to Performance-theatre?
Postdramatic Politics

There will also be a 2 hour physical and vocal training session per week, to further examine notions introduced in the lecture/seminars.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Communication Encouragement of student participation in seminar component of lecture/presentations. Development and assessment of personal communicative skills in creation and exposition of second assignment
Improving own Learning and Performance Requirement to effectively fulfill assessment assignments in a creative and original manner.
Information Technology Used in research and essay writing: assessment requires evidence of individual research and appropriate presentation. Presentation may involve use of data management and projection
Personal Development and Career planning Exposure to visiting professional practitioners.
Problem solving Development and assessment of personal creative functioning in second assignment.
Research skills Assessment of library and archive research skills in both assignments.
Subject Specific Skills Application of compositional and structural strategies and techniques in the exposition of academic argument Advanced creative functioning

Reading List

Recommended Text
Auslander, Philip (1999) Liveness: Performance in a Mediatised Culture London/New York: Routledge Primo search Birringer, J. H (1998) Media and Performance: along the border Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press Primo search Cohen-Cruz, J (1998) Radical Street Performance London/New York: Routledge Primo search Fuchs, E and Chaudhuri, U (2002) Land/Scape/Theater Ann Arbour: University of Michigan Press Primo search Fusco, Coco (1999) Corpus Delecti. Performance Art of the Americas Routledge Primo search Giannachi, G (2004) Virtual Theatres London: Routledge Primo search Goldberg, R (1988) Performance Art London: Thames & Hudson Primo search Gomez-Pena, Guillermo (2000) Dangerous Border Crossings Routledge Primo search Goulish, Matthew (2000) 39 Microlectures: In Proximity of Performance Routledge Primo search Hill, L and Paris, H (2001) Guerilla Performance and Multi Media London: Continuum Primo search Kaye, Nick (1994) Postmodernism and Performance London: MacMillan Primo search Kershaw, B (1999) The Radical in Performance Routledge Primo search Kuppers, P (2003) Disability and Performance Routledge Primo search McKenzie, J (2001) Perform or Else Routledge Primo search Pearson, M (1997) Staging Wales, Taylor A.M (ed). 'Special Worlds, Secret Maps' Cardiff: University of Wales Press Primo search Sandford, M (1995) Happenings and Other Acts Routledge Primo search Savran, David (1986) The Wooster Group 1975-1985 UMI Research Press Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 7