Module Identifier DR33620  
Academic Year 2001/2002  
Co-ordinator Mr Graham Laker  
Semester Semester 1  
Pre-Requisite DR21910  
Course delivery Practical   Attendance at all rehearsals, production meetings, technical rehearsals, sound and lighting plots and performances. Individual responsibility for at least 3 rehearsal sessions with actors.  
  Seminars / Tutorials   6 Hours 6 x 1 hour  
  Practical   Intensive work on allocated project  
Assessment Oral examination   A fifteen minute question and answer session with two examiners, not involved in the project, during which the student should demonstrate clear evidence of a critical awareness and understanding of the directing experience, paying particular attention to the production choices made during the execution of the project.   30%  
  Project work   An assessment by the project director and module co-ordinator of the development, contribution and achievement of the student to the project.   70%  


- To develop and deepen students' understanding of the directing process through close observation of and participation in a designated staff-directed project.
- To provide students with opportunities for more advanced directing practice, paying particular attention to the role of the design and technical team in the production process.
- To take individual responsibility for organising and executing individual and group rehearsals, within the conceptual framework provided by the project director.
- To enable students to analyse and theorise their own individual experience of the directing process.

Learning Outcomes:

Typically, upon completion of this module, the student will be able:

- To show an understanding of the structure and logistics of all aspects of the theatre production process.
- To make appropriate artistic choices and decisions concerning the production within the conceptual framework provided by the project director.
- To conduct extended individual and group rehearsals.
- To notate and document the directorial procedure, and be able to present such documentation to the peer-group.


Students will be assigned as assistant directors to one of the third year productions. They will be expected to be involved in all aspects of the production from pre-planning to final performance, and to be given opportunities to organise and execute their own rehearsals within the framework and conception of the project.

Reading Lists

Essential Reading or Viewing.
This will depend on the production project assigned. The staff directors on a project-to-project basis will provide a detailed bibliography and suggest appropriate areas of research..
Recommended Secondary Reading.
The Department has a supplementary booklet recommending reading lists for all practical modules..