Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 2
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Practical Practical class: 10 x 2 hours


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment a) Directed performance (10 minutes duration)   30%
Semester Assessment b) Solo Performance (15 minutes duration)   50%
Semester Assessment c) Critical Report on Performance Fragment (1,000 words)   20%
Supplementary Assessment a) Resit as written essay on the conceptual processes towards devising a group presentation. Essay: 1,500 words  30%
Supplementary Assessment b) Resit as solo presentation  50%
Supplementary Assessment c) Resubmission of report  20%

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, students should be able to.
1. demonstrate and employ a wide range of dramaturgical skills in the determining of creative outcome, and to conduct successful project design and application in the field of devised performance
2. engage in a range of social and artistic activities to achieve well-defined and conceptualized creative outcomes
3. conduct well-informed independent research and creative functioning leading to solo exposition
4. evaluate critically procedures of dramaturgy and staging in the creation of a personal performance aesthetic
5. review and evaluate critically their own performance practices and accept responsibility for determining and achieving personal, creative outcomes

Brief description


This is an advanced production module, resulting in the creation of two short performances.
It is intended that the solo performance shall be an 'exit work' that may assist transition into professional practice.


The specific aim of this module is to:
- present students with the advanced opportunity to realize and apply techniques for devising performance
- enable students to conceive, organise, direct and participate in two short performance pieces, one solo and one with fellow students


The module contains a series of 10 x 2 hours practical sessions.

Indicative practical session topics may include: procedures of directing; advanced techniques of training and improvisation; locating performance; working with the aural, visual and virtual environment of performance

In parallel with practical sessions, students will conceive and present a short performance of 10 minutes duration with second-year colleagues on module PF20420 in a directorial capacity as well as their own solo performance of 15 minutes duration.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number N/A
Communication Development and exposition of personal communicative skills in assessment assignments.
Improving own Learning and Performance Development and assessment of effective and original personal creative output.
Information Technology N/A
Personal Development and Career planning Development of creative tools that may be applied in professional creative contexts. Development of solo performance suitable for auditions and graduate showcases.
Problem solving Effective embodiment of the thematic material and fulfillment of the production brief in both assessment assignments.
Research skills Preparation of critical report.
Subject Specific Skills Exposition of embodied knowledge Application of dramaturgical procedures to personal communication skills High level creative functioning
Team work Development and assessment of effective group functioning.

Reading List

Recommended Text
Barba, E. (1995) The Paper Canoe Routledge Primo search Chaikin, J. The Presence of the Actor Atheneum Primo search Christofferson, E. E. (1993) The Actor's Way Routledge Primo search Etchells, T. and Forced Entertainment . (2003) Imaginary Evidence CD-Rom. Self published Primo search Forsythe, W. (2003) Improvisation Technologies CD-Rom. Self published. Primo search Goulish, M et al. (2000.) Goat Island: School Book 2 Self-published Primo search Heathfield, A. with F. Templeton & A. Quick (eds) (1997) Shattered Anatomies: Traces of the Body in Performance Arnolfini Live Primo search Howell, A. (1999) The Analysis of Performance Art Harwood Academic Primo search Kaye, N. (2000) Site-specific art: performance, place and documentation Routledge Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 6