Module Identifier DR33120  
Academic Year 2001/2002  
Co-ordinator Professor Michael Mangan  
Semester Semester 2 (Taught over 2 semesters)  
Pre-Requisite Successful completion of Part 1 Drama  
Course delivery Seminars / Tutorials   20 Hours 10 x 2 hours  
Assessment Script / tape   Submission of scripted work (total approx 90 minutes performance time)   100%  


The aims of this module are
- to introduce some of the basic elements of playwriting
- to provide a forum in which playwriting skills might be practised
- to develop an understanding of the nature of specifically theatrical writing

Learning Outcomes:

Typically, upon completion of this module a student should be able:

- To write a short, well-structured piece of drama.
- To understand, use and work in terms of appropriate dramatic and theatrical conventions.


A series of workshops, which will include seminars on dramatic technique and the craft of playwriting, as well as playwriting exercises and writing assignments. The focus of the module will be the development of technique. Topics covered in early seminars will include structure, dialogue, characterization, rhythm, tone.

Reading Lists

Essential Reading or Viewing: None.
** Recommended Text
Yeger, Sheila. (1990) The Sound of One Hand Clapping. (Oxford: Amber Lane
Gooch, Steve. (1988) Writing a Play. London: A&C Black
Campton, David. (1992) Becoming a Playwright. London: Robert Hale