Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 1
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Practical 10 x 2 hour workshops
Other 10 x 1 hour viewing sessions
Workload Breakdown 200 hours Timetabled Workshops: 20 hours Notebook preparation and reading: 50 hours Video Viewings: 10 hours Group Presentation preparation: 40 hours Further research, personal study and reading: 80


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Working in small groups, (of approximately 5) and building and drawing upon the mixed-mode workshops of the semester, students conceive and present a short presentation composed within parameters determined by the course tutors. The key to the work presented consequently rests upon creative, effective and imaginative composition and means of delivery.  50%
Semester Assessment Working notebook / reflective journal  50%
Supplementary Assessment Failure of Assessment 1 would necessitate 1 x 1500 word essay, involving critical assessment of the individual demands and skills necessary for the successful conduct of practice in Theatre Studies  50%
Supplementary Assessment Failure of assessment 2 would necessitate resubmission or 1 x 2,000 essay comparing selected approaches to training practices and processes encountered during the module.  50%

Learning Outcomes

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

Recognise a range of approaches, training and performance methodologies within specified practices

Demonstrate awareness and experience of these methodologies within the process of individual practical investigation

Employ personal skills and awareness within the development of collaborative group practice

Reflect critically upon a range of approaches to the development of performance skills and methodologies

Demonstrate personal study and research and an awareness and understanding of context


This module contributes to the broad grounding offered by the new series of Departmental, Part One, semester one, mixed-mode, 'Workshop' modules. This grounding introduces students to a range of approaches, methods of investigation, practices and concepts pertinenet to the attainment of a wide overview of the existing (and potential) Theatre Studies landscape.

The aims of the proposed module are:

. To introduce a range of approaches to performance skills and training
. To encourage students to take responsibility for personal development within the context of workshops and individual study
. To enable students to analyse their own experience of the practical processes investigated
. To engage students within a range of methods and modes of enquiry, including an individual process of research
. To encourage students to take responsibility for collaboration and group work within the context of process and presentation


The module offers a series of classes on practical training methodologies, supported by tutor-led and personal research including viewings of live and recorded performances. Sessions will focus upon an initial introduction to a range of training practices, drawn from established and experimental genres in contemporary theatre practice. Classes will introduce physical and vocal training methods and performance exercises, and will focus on an examination of the principles of presence and the performer.

Brief description

Students will be introduced to a range of practical procedures within the field of contemporary theatre practice, through an exploration of training techniques and skills development. This initial examination will focus on the student's understanding of these techniques within the context of their personal study: within the development of a personal skill base, and the generation of group presentation. This will be furthered by explorations informed by independent research into the work of significant practitioners within the field, and supported by the presentation (through live performance or documentary film) of influential, contemporary, performance practice and training.

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 written, 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 procedure 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 individual journals.
Personal Development and Career planning The module encourages the initial development of skills directly applicable to careers with 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 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 directly assessed through the development and presentation of the notebook/journal.
Subject Specific Skills The recognition, reading and articulation of physical, visual and vocal performance material; such a language for the construction and communication of cultural information, ideas and meaning; is both encouraged and assessed.
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. Elements of the assessment relate directly to the development and employment of such skills.

Reading List

Recommended Text
Auslander, Philip (1997) From Acting to Performance Routledge Primo search Barba, Eugenio (1991) A Dictionary of Theatre Anthropolgy - The Secret Arts of the Performer Routledge/CPR Primo search Houseman, Barbara (2002) Finding Your Voice Nick Hern Books Primo search Huxley, Michael & Noel Witts (eds) (1996) The Twentieth-Century Performance Reader Routledge Primo search Merlin, Bella (2007) The Complete Stanislavski Toolkit Nick Hern Books Primo search Zarrilli, Phillip (2006) Acting (Re)Considered Routledge Primo search
Recommended Background
Alfred, Mike (2007) Different Every Night Nick Hern Books Primo search Barba, Eugenio (1995) Paper Canoe Routledge Primo search Carey, David and Rebecca Clarke Carey (2008) Vocal Arts Workbook and DVD Methuen Primo search Hagen, Uta (1991) A Challenge for the Actor Macmillan Primo search Hausman, Barbara (2008) Talking Text Nick Hern Books Primo search Johnston, Keith (1999) Impro for Storytellers: Theatre Sports and Arts of Making Things Happen Routledge Primo search Linklater, Kristin (2006) Freeing the Natural Voice Nick Hern Books Primo search Park, Glen (2000) The Art of Changing Ashgrove Publishing Primo search Rodenburg, Patsy (1997) The Actor Speaks Methuen Primo search Watson, Ian (2001) Performer Training Harwood Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 4