DRAM10030 The Theatrical Event: Case Studies in Making Theatre

Academic Year 2021/2022

This module offers students an introduction to theatre's role in culture and society, and to working roles in theatre and performance. Using examples of international practice, students will examine key roles in the collaborative creation of the theatrical event, and gain insight into current debates on the artistic, and cultural functions of live theatre and performance. In Small Group Teaching groups students will learn about selected aspects of live performance, principles of space and design, audience responses and dramaturgy. Students will visit a performance and write an analysis of what they have seen.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

- Gain a broad understanding of the cultural contexts for theatre across cultures and in Ireland
- Define and identify key creative roles in making theatre, including the role of the audience
- Distinguish and evaluate key contributions in collaborative work
- Begin to critique the theatrical event, and the cultural and artistic roles of theatre and performance
- Experience and test selected skills in making theatre

Indicative Module Content:

Introduction to Module: Syllabus, assessments and plan for module.

CLUSTER ONE: Performance Analysis: Vocabularies of Mise en scène
Liveness and Performance Analysis

Cultural and Social Contexts, Mise en Scène, and Performance Analysis II

Spaces for Performance

Scenography and Design
Audiences and Reception

CLUSTER TWO: Performance Analysis: Case Studies

Company at Work: Pina Bausch & Dance Theatre Wuppertal

Bausch Practices

Company at Work: Ariane Mnouchkine & Le Théâtre du Soleil [Theatre of the Sun]
Mnouchkine and Théâtre du Soleil Practices
Performance View and exam preparation

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Autonomous Student Learning




Small Group




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Lecture and small group meetings

Introduction to performance analysis

Attend live theatre performance write a critical report 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Continuous Assessment: SGT contribution and submission of preparatory work/tasks in advance of/at start of SGT. Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Examination: Exam 2 hour End of Trimester Exam No Graded No


Assignment: Mid Semester Performance Report Week 8 n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring Yes - 2 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Feedback will be given by week 10. End of term exam feedback will be offered in the post-assessment period.

Balme, Christopher B. The Cambridge Introduction to Theatre Studies. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2008; 2015.

Allain, Paul, and Jen Harvie. The Routledge Companion to Theatre and Performance. Routledge, London;New York;, 2006.
Name Role
Dr Emma Bennett Lecturer / Co-Lecturer