Module Identifier DR30220  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator Mr Richard A D Cheshire  
Semester Semester 2 (Taught over 2 semesters)  
Pre-Requisite Compulsory for Single Honours Drama students  
Course delivery Lecture   16 x 1 hour  
  Seminars / Tutorials   8 x 1 hour Seminars  
  Practical   Theatre visits and practical theatre work  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam2 Hours Two examination questions will be published in advance and students will be asked to prepare answers for writing under examination conditions. 60%
Semester Assessment 2 essays: 2000 word each. Essay 1: 15%, Essay 2: 25% For information on due dates for submission of assessed work, please refer to the departmental web pages at

Learning outcomes

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

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

- To identify the production choices made in selected performances.
- To reflect analytically and critically on the efficacy and significance of these production choices.
- To demonstrate a detailed knowledge of two of the texts studied and a deeper understanding of the problems, possibilities and challenges of interpreting these texts for contemporary performance.


The aims of the module are:

- To examine some of the methods for analysing productions of plays in performance.
- To apply these methods to selected productions.
- To examine the 'performance history' of selected texts and previous production choices made.
- To deepen students' understanding of the challenges and difficulties of presenting two of the texts studied for modern theatre audiences.



This module is for single honours students only.

In this module students will acquire a methodology for the identification and analysis of the different components that come together in production. These include the contribution of the directors, designers and performers. These will be considered in isolation, in relation to each other, and in so far as they contribute effectively to the realization of the text in the consciousness of the given audience.

The lectures and seminars will focus on the text chosen for performance. Several of these will be third-year productions of texts performed as part of the Department?s English-medium practical semester and the others will be performances scheduled to be seen on the theatre visit/s arranged for this module.

Students should bear in mind their own responsibility for acquiring their experience of the relevant text and bringing it to bear in the analysis of separate production events. The lectures and discussions arranged with theatre practitioners are designed to be generally helpful and informative, but they should not distract attention from the proper focus of the module which is firmly on the personal experience and analysis acquired and developed by the individual student.

Students may be asked to participate in a 5-day intensive workshop with members of the Welsh National Opera company, if a project is made available.
Students should be aware that they are expected to contribute towards the cost of the theatre visits. It is estimated that this will be approximately #150 (arrangements can be made to spread this cost over up to 6 instalments).

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This module is at CQFW Level 6