DRAM40450 Theatre Practice 2 (GSA)

Academic Year 2023/2024

In this module students learn rehearsal techniques and advanced skills in directing theatre and performance. Students learn skills in text analysis of classical and contemporary playtexts and in analysis of performance scripts. A variety of styles and genres will inform the working methods needed to create the world of the performance for the 21st century. Students are also introduced to elements of production for theatre and performance, focussing on directing, staging, blocking, the overall management of the rehearsal process in the studio, and the many practicalities of working from page to stage. Key to this module is that students engage with and advance their rehearsal and directing methods through rigorous self-reflexive processes.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of this module students are equipped to:

Analyse a range of playtexts and performance texts
Communicate artistic ideas in the rehearsal studio and manage the responsibilities attached to creative practice in team settings
Direct theatre and performance
Understand key aspects of theatre and performance production
Critically evaluate and analyse their directorial processes

Indicative Module Content:

Class Titles (week by week):

Week 1: Stanislavski’s techniques for directing One
Week 2: Stanislavski’s techniques for directing Two
Week 3: Brecht in Action One
Week 4: Brecht in Action Two
Week 5: Brecht and Staging the Theatre of Caryl Churchill One
Week 6: Brecht and Staging the Theatre of Caryl Churchill Two
Week 7: Staging Marina Carr
Week 8: Practical assignments preparation and feedback
Week 9: Practical assignments preparation and feedback
Week 10: Practical assignments assessment

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
Assignment: Director's Notebook Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded No


Presentation: Scene Presentation Week 12 n/a Graded No



Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn 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