Module Identifier DR21810  
Academic Year 2007/2008  
Co-ordinator Mrs Joan G Mills  
Semester Semester 2  
Other staff Mr Nick Strong, Mr David J Blumfield  
Pre-Requisite Successful completion of Part One drama. Optional for Single Honours students only  
Mutually Exclusive PF20420  
Course delivery Practical   1 x 1 hour Lecture  
  Lecture   1 x 1 hour Practical Class  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam Group oral examination (20 minutes)30%
Semester Exam EXAM/ASSESSMENT Group presentation/ Classwork (Max 15 minutes)50%
Semester Assessment Working notes.20%
Supplementary Exam Individual oral exam (10 minutes)30%
Supplementary Assessment Individual presentation/ Classwork (6 minutes)50%
Supplementary Assessment Working notes20%

Learning outcomes

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

Brief description

The module will offer an introduction to the processes of devising theatre texts and scenarios, for a number of different theatre contexts. It will enable students to investigate and explore, in theory and practice, established methodologies and proven approaches to creating (as opposed to interpreting) theatre texts. It will also examine the relationship between the methodologies chosen and the contexts and purpose of the performances created.


The module will be taught through a series of lectures, seminars and practical classes led by Departmental staff. When occasion arises guest practitioners working in this field in Wales will be invited to contribute to the teaching programme. These would, of necessity, vary from year to year.

The Lectures and practical seminars would focus on the following:-

Students will be encouraged to develop their own improvisation structures, exercises and creative strategies as well as learn from the approaches used by the tutors, and other practitioners studied.


Module Skills

Problem solving Problem solving skills are fundamental to the successful employment of devising strategies. Strategies will be addressed and experienced during all parts of the module  
Research skills Will be developed through the collection of information necessary to complete the assignments for the module.  
Communication Written communication skills are developed through a series of working notes and script exercises. Oral communication skills through seminar discussion, participation in exercises and performance and are also assessed through the oral presentation  
Improving own Learning and Performance Students will required to reflect and analyse their level of creative achievement attained individually and in the small group presentaion  
Team work Much of the work is carried out through group collaboration  
Information Technology Students will be expected to employ IT resources where possible and appropriate  
Application of Number Not developed in this module  
Personal Development and Career planning Personal development and career planning skills will not be explicitly developed through this module; however, many of the generic skills developed through the practical and written work of this module will have significant transferability to a wide range of career contexts  
Subject Specific Skills Yes. It will further and develop the students understanding of the potential of theatre as a means of expression in the community and increase their written, communication and performance skills.  

Reading Lists

** General Text
Bogart, Anne (2001) A Director Prepares Routledge
Clements, Paul (1993) The Improvised Play:The Work of Mike Leigh Methuen
Edwards, Betty (1993) Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain Harper Collins
Etchells, Tim (2000) Certain Fragments Text and Writings on Performance Routledge
Flemming, Michael (2003) Starting Drama Teaching David Fulton Publishers
Goat Island: School Book 2
Johnstone, Chris (1998) House of Games: Making Theatre for Everyday Life Nick Hern Books
Linklater, Kirstin (1994) Freeing the Natural Voice Quite Specific Media Group
Pisk, Litz (1998) The Actor and His Body Methuen
Spolin, Viola (2000) Improvisation for theTheatre North Western University Press
Zinder, David Body-Voice-Imagination: A Training for the Actor
** Recommended Text
Oddey, Alison (1994) Devising:A Practical and Theoretical Handbook Routledge

** General Text
Abbott, John (Aug. 2007) The Improvisation Book Nick Hern Books, Limited 1854599615TRADEPAPER
Ayckbourn, Alan (April 2004) The Crafty Art of Playmaking Faber & Faber, Incorporated 0571215106TRADEPAPER
Johnstone, Chris The Improvisation Game Nick Hern Books
** Recommended Text
Greig, Noel (2005) Playwriting Routledge


This module is at CQFW Level 5