Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 2
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 10 x 2 hour Lecture Workshops


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Essay 2,500 words  50%
Semester Exam 14 Hours   Group Performed Essay and reflective documentation  2 Days - To be held on 21st and 22nd May 2013  50%
Supplementary Assessment Essay 2,500 words  50%
Supplementary Assessment Individual Performed Essay and reflective documentation  50%

Learning Outcomes

Demonstrate a broad knowledge of the practices and practitioners studied on the module

Demonstrate the ability to evaluate and place the work of practitioners in an appropriate context

Demonstrate the ability to apply theoretical and historical knowledge whilst discussing practice-based work; demonstrate appropriate understanding of the nature of theatre-making as an intellectual and aesthetic practice.

Brief description

This module offers an introduction to student to the work of a number of key practitioners in the field of theatre and performance. The aim of the module is to give students an experience of assessing individual works and approaches to theatre-making in an appropriate context that will raise students' awareness of the nature of teh theatrical event.

The content of the module may vary from year to year, focusing on a number of different kinds of practitioners, but will apply the same academic principles in the process of learning about the practitioner's work. Particular emphasis will be placed upon examining concrete examples of theatre and performance practices, the historical and social context of that work and the kind of critical practice necessary in order to understand the work.


Text-based practices: Samuel Beckett's dramaturgy;
Seminar case studies: Endgame and Krapp's Last Tape

Body-based practices: Jerzy Grotowski's psychophysical theatre;
Seminar case studies: The Constant Prince and Akropolis

Movement-based practices: Pina Bausch's Tanztheater;
Seminar case studies: Rite of Spring and Cafe Muller;

Image-based practices: Robert Wilson's theatre of images;
Seminar case studies: Einstein on the Beach and The Black Rider

Place-based practices: Brith Gof's site-specific performance;
Seminar case studies: Gododdin and Pax

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Neither developed nor assessed
Communication These skills will be developed throughout the module as students discuss materials and explore ideas in seminar/workshops. the assignments will also develop and assess students' ability to communicate effectively: the essay will enable them to give a creative and physical dimension to those skills
Improving own Learning and Performance By focusing on a number of different practitioners, the module will help students develop a number of learning skills. The mixed mode teaching will assist students in the process of responding to different forms of theatre and to develop an awareness of their personal preferences and needs as well as some of the barriers to their own learning. By asking students to prepare written and performed presentations as a group, the module will help them develop learning and personal management strategies. In addition, the module helps students develop their personal planning skills; assist with processes of setting personal targets and help them review and monitor their own progress
Information Technology A number of resources for this module will be available on Blackboard thus giving students an opportunity to apply IT skills in retrieving and researching that information. Students are expected to present written assignments in word processed form and the performed essay presentations will provide opportunities for using powerpoint
Personal Development and Career planning This will not be central to the skills developed in the module although the work will enable students to develop an understanding of their abilities and aptitudes in relation to their study of theatre and performance and potentially with regard to future research and employment opportunities
Problem solving Students will be required to develop analytical skills in discussing the work of the practitioners being studied. These will be different for each practitioner, and therefore students will be required to develop a specific response to each practitioner in turn, but they will also be required to consider how the work of each practitioner influences and shapes their understanding of theatre and performance forms in general. The essay and performed essay will provide the opportunity for students to respond creatively and analytically to these basic problems; and the order of assignments will provide an opportunity for them to reflect on the advantages and disadvantages of the responses given by them.
Research skills As the module progresses, more opportunities will arise for students to develop their reserch skills. Seminar discussions will be based on interpreting material presented to students in the form of course readers; these will provide an opportunity for students to produce a written analysis based on their research for lectures and seminars. In addition, students will undertake independent research as they prepare for the performed essay
Subject Specific Skills Subject specific skills in dramaturgical analysis, visual semiotics, movement analysis and understanding the inter-relationship of aesthetics and intellectual practice are developed in this module
Team work The performed essay requires students to act as a member of a team; setting targets for themselves and for each other; acknowledging and developing individual interests that will contribute to the success of the team. The presentation documentation will provide an opportunity for them to evaluate their success and achievements as a group and individually


This module is at CQFW Level 6