Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 1
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture Lecture/Seminars 10 x 3 hours. 30 contact hours.
Seminars / Tutorials Research Seminars 5 x 1 hours. 5 contact hours.


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Written Essay (3,500 words)  50%
Semester Assessment Performance Essay (20 minutes)  50%
Supplementary Assessment Resit as written essay with alternative title  50%
Supplementary Assessment Resit as performed essay with alternative title  50%

Learning Outcomes

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

To demonstrate an advanced critical awareness of the nature of theatre and performance as aesthetic and critical practices; to evaluate complex conceptual differences between different modes and genres of performance

To articulate mastery of a range of theoretical and methodological approaches to the analysis of theatre and performance; to demonstrate a critical understanding of the potential of performative presentation in an academic context

To demonstrate a high level of understanding and achievement in the employment of performative means in the live exposition of intellectual material

Brief description

This module introduces a range of contemporary theatre and performance theories and explores interdisciplinary approaches to their critical analysis. Students examine forms of contemporary theatre and performance practice, their conceptual and methodological principles, alongside theoretical and analytical approaches to documenting and evaluating live performances. Particular critical attention is paid to the theoretical practices operated with the department, in relation to current thearetical and performance practices in Wales, the UK, and Europe


Module content includes origins and definitions of theatre and performance; contemporary genres of theatre and performance; theoretical, critical and analytical approaches to theatre and performance; aesthetic, conceptual and compositional dynamics of making theatre and performance; performance writing and documentation. (Content may be adjusted to capitalize upon the specific expertise of those delivering the module). A fortnightly 'Research Seminar' will accompany the module, offering support for the precise requirements of the assessment assignments and examining ways in which specific modular material informs the development of a research methodology towards PFM0660.
Lecture/Seminar Content:
1. Theoretical practices: Introduction to theatre and performance theory
2. Origins: Play, ritual and proto-theatre [anthropological practices]
3. Space: site, place, location, architecture [archeological practices]
4. Time: Structure, rhythm, historicity [historiographical practices]
5. Mimesis: aesthetics, presentation/representation, event [philosophical practices]
6. Ethics: participation, engagement, agency [ethical practices]
7. Action: dramaturgy, figure, act [dramaturgical practices]
8. Body: choreography, presence, embodiment [ontological practices]
9. Object: materiality, animation, apparatus [materialist practices]
10. Image: relationality, spectatorship, affect [phenomenological practices]

Research Seminar Content:
1. Critical Reading Practices
2. Libraries and Archives
3. Academic Writing
4. The Performance of Knowledge
5. Preparing Assessments

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number This element is not assessed.
Communication The ability to communicate ideas effectively is developed and assessed.
Improving own Learning and Performance Self-regulation, motivation and time-management skills are developed through the module and are demanded for the successful completion of its assignments
Information Technology The ability to utilize information technology both in the research for and delivery of assignments is assessed directly.
Personal Development and Career planning Transferable skills (managing personal workloads and meeting deadlines, designing and realizing assessment projects) are developed and assessed directly.
Problem solving Analytical problem solving, outcome recognition and the identification of appropriate strategies and procedures are encouraged and assessed.
Research skills Independent research and the development of effective personal research practices are encouraged and assessed.
Subject Specific Skills
Team work Seminar discussions demand the application of skills necessary to conduct collaborative activity, such as negotiating ideas and opinions. Students work in collaboration with others on the formulation and implementation of practical research.


This module is at CQFW Level 7