Module Identifier DR33120  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator Professor David I Rabey  
Semester Semester 1  
Pre-Requisite Successful completion of Part 1 Drama  
Course delivery Other   20 Hours Workshops  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment Script / Tape: Submission of scripted work (total approx 40 minutes performance time)  90%
Semester Assessment Class contribution For information on due dates for submission of assessed work, please refer to the departmental web pages at

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.


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



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


This module is at CQFW Level 6