DRAM30220 Performance in Everyday Life

Academic Year 2021/2022

This course will introduce the theory of performance, analyzing how an understanding of performance in everyday life, and in culture, gives a context for the study of performance in theatre. Students will have the opportunity to equip themselves with the basic tools of performance analysis, to develop the practice of analysis in practical sessions, and to discuss lecture materials in small group teaching. The course aims to offer an introduction to ways of examining, reflecting on, and critically evaluating the phenomenon of performance in a highly technologised and globalised world.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

- Identify and categorise performance in life and culture
- Analyse and discuss ritual structures, play and framings of performance
- Understand and critically analyse structures of performance in theatre
- Practice basic performance analysis in a critical context

Indicative Module Content:

We will look at the issue of what constitutes performance, on the stage, in the media and in everyday life.
The role of play, and role play.
Advertising and self-conscious performativity.
Speech acts.
Props and costume.
Communitas and communal experience.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours




Autonomous Student Learning


Online Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Students will attend on lecture per week for 12 weeks.
There will also be mandatory SGT's each week touching on relevant topics raised in the lecture.
For mid-term, students will be required to complete a practical assignment.
This will be followed by an end of trimester exam. 
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
Assignment: Mid-trimester assignment worth 30% of the overall marks for this module. Unspecified n/a Graded No


Continuous Assessment: Contributions in class worth 10% of the overall marks for this module Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Examination: End of trimester examination worth 60% of the overall marks for this module. Coursework (End of Trimester) Yes 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?

Not yet recorded.

Core text:

Schechner, Richard, Performance Studies: An Introduction, 3rd Ed.

Carlson, Marvin. “Introduction”: Performance: A Critical Introduction. London: Routledge, 2004. 1-8. (BB)
Goffman, Erving. “Performances: Belief in the Part One is Playing.” The Performance Studies Reader. Ed. Henry Bial. London: Routledge, 2007. 61-65 (BB)