DRAM40500 Scripting Performance (GSA)

Academic Year 2023/2024

This module exposes students to a variety of approaches to creating original works of theatre through workshops and masterclasses led by professional theatre artists from the Dublin theatre scene. The module introduces students to diverse types of theatre practice, including physical, visual (image-based), site-specific, adapted, verbatim, and scripted. Through engagement with these artists, students encounter how artists identify and research source material to support their imaginative and creative impulses, and to develop a creative portfolio in order to test ideas in the studio and generate small performance works. In this module students are encouraged to take risks in the development, scripting and communication of their work as theatre-makers.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

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

Identify and understand a variety of contemporary theatre and performance-making processes
Engage and test at advanced level approaches to generating material during the rehearsal process
Research source materials to stimulate and generate the scripting of an original performance
Plan, conduct, and reflect on a rehearsal process that aims at creating your original work
Evaluate and critically reflect on your rehearsal process

Indicative Module Content:

Weekly Classes
1. Masterclass One with Carys D Coburn
2. Masterclass Two with Carys D Coburn
3. Masterclass One with Anu Productions, Louise Lowe, Devising site specific theatre
4. Masterclass Two with Any Productions, Louise Lowe, Devising site specific theatre
5. Masterclass One – Playwrighting Gavin Kostick
6. Masterclass Two – Playwrighting Gavin Kostick
7. Masterclass One -- Dan Colley
8. Masterclass One -- Feidlim Cannon, Brokentalkers, Verbatim Theatre – Ethics and Practice
9. Masterclass Two -- Feidlim Cannon, Brokentalkers, Verbatim Theatre – Ethics and Practice
10. Practical Assignments: Final Presentation (in-class)

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Students are introduced to methods of theatre practice specifically the scripting performance applying diverse approaches to creating original works of theatre/performance. Learning is experiential, task-orientated, students learn through weekly tasks in the composition of creation of small works of performance. Students work in group and solo 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: Bi-weekly written responses to master classes. 10% X 5 =50% Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded No


Assignment: Critical Reflection Throughout the Trimester 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 week 9 in preparation for in-class Assessment in Week 10. Feedback is scheduled formally, as required, in the post-assessment period.

Name Role
Ms Antoinette Duffy Lecturer / Co-Lecturer