DRAM40430 Theatre Practice 1 (GSA)

Academic Year 2023/2024

This module invites students to engage with methods of theatre devising and performance making. In this experiential module students research methods of generating ideas for development towards performance as makers, directors and performers. The emphasis is on collaboration, and students are taught a range of methods to create physical, verbal and visual texts. The work created in each class is researched and developed using techniques of deconstruction and layering while examining the languages and sign systems of theatre. Throughout the module students research and test theories on the making and reception of performance narratives. The work in studio practice starts with physical and visual material generated from a variety of stimuli for use in the construction of small theatre pieces.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of the module students will be equipped to:

Apply skills in devising theatre and performance
Create theatre and performance using collaborative practices
Engage with the roles of performer, theatre maker, and director
Research and test how physical, verbal, and visual stimuli can generate ideas for the creation of performance
Critically analyse theoretical debates of audience and reception

Indicative Module Content:

Titles of week by week classes:

Week 1: Ensemble and the Empty Space
Week: 2 Solo and Group Etudes
Week 3: Imagination and Story Making
Week 4: Strategies and Source Material for creating and making
Week 5: Directorial Analysis of the work in progress
Week 6: Objectivity and Critical Decision Making
Week 7: Layering the Visual, Physical and Vocal texts
Week 8: Adapting literature for the stage -class one
Week 9: Adapting literature for the stage – class two
Week 10: Practical assignments preparation and feedback
Week 11: Practical assignments preparation and feedback
Week 12: Final Presentations

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Students are introduced to methods of theatre practice. Learning is experiential, task-orientated, based on ongoing creation of small works of performance. Students work in group settings and discursive analytical fora are established at the end of each class. Feedback operates on a continuous basis from the module leader. 
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 In Module Component Repeat Offered
Continuous Assessment: Contribution in class and Learning Journal Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Essay: Essay Report Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded No


Presentation: Performance Presentation Week 12 n/a Graded No



Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Summer No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Feedback is offered on-going at the end of class in group and individual settings. Feedback is offered in weeks 10-11 in preparation for in-class Assessment in Week 12. Feedback is scheduled formally in the post-assessment period.

Name Role
Ms Antoinette Duffy Lecturer / Co-Lecturer