Module Identifier PF31520  
Academic Year 2007/2008  
Co-ordinator Professor Mike Pearson  
Semester Semester 2  
Other staff Ms Jill Greenhalgh, Dr Andrew R Filmer  
Pre-Requisite PF21420 , PF21220 , PF30720  
Co-Requisite PF31920  
Course delivery Practical    
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment a) Directed performance (10 minutes duration) 30%
Semester Assessment b) Solo Performance (15 minutes duration) 50%
Semester Assessment c) Critical Report on Performance Fragment (1,000 words) 20%
Supplementary Assessment a) Resit as written essay on the conceptual processes towards devising a group presentation. Essay: 1,500 words30%
Supplementary Assessment b) Resit as solo presentation50%
Supplementary Assessment c) Resubmission of report20%

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module, students should be able to.
1. demonstrate and employ a wide range of dramaturgical skills in the determining of creative outcome, and to conduct successful project design and application in the field of devised performance
2. engage in a range of social and artistic activities to achieve well-defined and conceptualized creative outcomes
3. conduct well-informed independent research and creative functioning leading to solo exposition
4. evaluate critically procedures of dramaturgy and staging in the creation of a personal performance aesthetic
5. review and evaluate critically their own performance practices and accept responsibility for determining and achieving personal, creative outcomes

Brief description


This is an advanced production module, resulting in the creation of two short performances.
It is intended that the solo performance shall be an 'exit work' that may assist transition into professional practice.


The specific aim of this module is to:
- present students with the advanced opportunity to realize and apply techniques for devising performance
- enable students to conceive, organise, direct and participate in two short performance pieces, one solo and one with fellow students


The module contains a series of 10 x 2 hours practical sessions.

Indicative practical session topics may include: procedures of directing; advanced techniques of training and improvisation; locating performance; working with the aural, visual and virtual environment of performance

In parallel with practical sessions, students will conceive and present a short performance of 10 minutes duration with second-year colleagues on module PF20420 in a directorial capacity as well as their own solo performance of 15 minutes duration.

Transferable skills

Module Skills

Problem solving Effective embodiment of the thematic material and fulfillment of the production brief in both assessment assignments.  
Research skills Preparation of critical report.  
Communication Development and exposition of personal communicative skills in assessment assignments.  
Improving own Learning and Performance Development and assessment of effective and original personal creative output.  
Team work Development and assessment of effective group functioning.  
Information Technology N/A  
Application of Number N/A  
Personal Development and Career planning Development of creative tools that may be applied in professional creative contexts. Development of solo performance suitable for auditions and graduate showcases.  
Subject Specific Skills Exposition of embodied knowledge Application of dramaturgical procedures to personal communication skills High level creative functioning  

Reading Lists

** Recommended Text
Barba, E. (1995) The Paper Canoe Routledge
Chaikin, J. The Presence of the Actor Atheneum
Christofferson, E. E. (1993) The Actor's Way Routledge
Etchells, T. and Forced Entertainment . (2003) Imaginary Evidence CD-Rom. Self published
Forsythe, W. (2003) Improvisation Technologies CD-Rom. Self published.
Goulish, M et al. (2000.) Goat Island: School Book 2 Self-published
Heathfield, A. with F. Templeton & A. Quick (eds) (1997) Shattered Anatomies: Traces of the Body in Performance Arnolfini Live
Howell, A. (1999) The Analysis of Performance Art Harwood Academic
Kaye, N. (2000) Site-specific art: performance, place and documentation Routledge


This module is at CQFW Level 6