Module Identifier DR33020  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator Mr Richard A D Cheshire  
Semester Semester 2  
Pre-Requisite DR33620 Students who have successfully completed the pre-requisite may apply for entry to this module.  
Course delivery Lecture   8 Hours 5 x 1.5 hour lecture/seminars  
  Seminars / Tutorials   Tutorial. Observation and tutorial support of at least two rehearsals and one performance.  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment Essay: 2,500 words For information on due dates for submission of assessed work, please refer to the departmental web pages at 30%
Semester Assessment Project Work: Assessment of project,supported by viva-voice examination.  70%


- To provide students with the opportunity to select and direct a 20 -30 minute extract or short play within a supervised context, and demonstrate an intelligent understanding of the playwright's intentions and dramatic method.
- To create an artistic concept for their chosen material, and select appropriate rehearsal techniques and exercises in order to realise this concept in performance.
- To work intensively in the rehearsal room with their chosen actors without the pressure of the design or technical process.
- To evaluate the effectiveness of the chosen rehearsal methodology in the light of their actors' achievement, criticism and comments from the course tutors.
- To discuss the potential career opportunities for aspiring professional theatre directors.

Learning Outcomes:

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

- To organise and realise a short theatre project from an initial informed choice of script and cast, through the rehearsal process to public presentation.
- To justify artistic decisions made and working practices adopted during the rehearsal period with regard to the chosen source material.
- To evaluate and criticise the completed project, and to assess the effectiveness of the rehearsal methodologies employed.


This module extends and develops the work of DR33620 (Directing Practice 1) and is restricted to those students who have shown talent and aptitude towards the art and craft of directing. Students will choose, cast and direct a play or dramatic extract of not more than 30 minutes duration for public performance in one of the Department's performance spaces.

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.


This module is at CQFW Level 6