Introduction to Text in Performance (20 credits)
The module will focus on text analysis, practical methodologies, and rehearsal techniques of practitioners such as Konstantin Stanislavski and Cicely Berry.
Perspectives on Performance 1 (20 credits)
This module develops your skills in reading and analysing dramatic text and live performance with reference to key theoretical frameworks (e.g. semiotics and reception theory); you will also be introduced to the field of performance studies examining the intersections of performances and everyday life.
Introduction to Stagecraft (20 credits) (single honours only)
This module will serve as an engaging and primarily practical way of introducing fundamental design concepts for theatre that traditionally fall under the banner of stagecraft.
The Actor and The Ensemble (20 credits) (single honours only)
The module will concentrate on a variety of means by which an actor can develop and expand his/her skills through a study of techniques focused on improvisation and composition such as Viewpoints.
Theatres of the World: The Roots of Theatre (20 credits)
This module will be focusing on different understandings of theatre practice across cultures, intercultural theatres and a historical understanding of theatre traditions that have changed the history of world theatre.
Interdisciplinary Module: Devising (20 credits) (single honours only)
This module focuses on interdisciplinary working and the devising process in groups with students from music, performing arts, dance and drama.
Perspectives on Performance 2 (20 credits)
You will explore the politics of identity through feminist theory and psychoanalysis and then reception theory and postmodern performances, placing the emphasis on issues of space and the body.
Contemporary Performance Practice: Advanced Text in Performance (20 credits) (optional for combined honours)
The module engages with established practices and key theories relating to dramaturgical processes in preparing text for performance.
Practice as Research or Dissertation (40 credits)
You can choose to engage more practically or in the written form as you explore an area of interest in greater depth.
Professional Practice (20 credits) (optional for combined honours)
The module aims to prepare you for professional roles in the theatre and related industries. It aims to provide the environment for you to develop practical knowledge and understanding of the principles of professional practice that operates in the discipline, as well as some of the opportunities that are available to you within the profession.
There are a range of option modules to choose from likely to include:
Theatres of the World: European Theatre (20 credits)
The module familiarises students with dramatic traditions developed in Europe. Through studying a range of seminal plays and practitioners from across the continent, you will develop a critical understanding of the plays’ dramatic devices and content, and will be able to situate them within their respective cultural, social and historical contexts.
Theatres of the World: African Theatre (20 credits)
This module develops students’ understanding of diversity of theatre and performance traditions in Africa. You will examine the works of key playwrights and dramatists from different geographical regions in Africa and will develop a critical understanding of the plays’ dramatic conventions, theatrical devices and content; you will also be able to situate these within their respective cultural, social and historical contexts.
Contemporary Performance Practice: Directing (20 credits)
The module will enable you to appreciate the responsibilities of a director in the production process, as well as the evolving nature of the role. You will explore various techniques and approaches for directing a performance.
Stage Management 1 (20 credits) (single honours only)
This module is designed to introduce you to the concepts and processes relating to stage¬managing live performance events. You will explore the very specific roles relating to managing performance for large¬scale events together with examples of how those roles conflate to a more all-encompassing single management role for small performance companies.
The Actor and Verse (20 credits)
You will gain awareness of techniques that will help you to analyse and perform verse in order to meet the demands of heightened style. The range of texts chosen for study will further develop your understanding of the relationship between the text and its performance and your ability to respond to specific textual and performative conventions.
The Actor and the Object (20 credits) (single honours only)
You will gain awareness of techniques that will help you to explore and perform a piece of stylised dramatic text and meet the demands of stylised characterisation. Voice and movement sessions will focus on voice and body as tools with which to perform stylised emotions and characterisation, while developing your awareness of kinesics, vocalics, and verbal aspects of communication.
Approaches to Applied Performance (20 credits) (single honours only)
The module will primarily focus on the application of drama techniques for intervention in educational settings and/or with young audiences. The first weeks will be dedicated to the study and practical exploration of relevant theories and methodologies from applied theatre practice and arts management, covering a range of contexts including Theatre in Education (TIE) and Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA).
Contemporary Lighting Techniques (20 credits) (single honours only)
This module will focus on extending the awareness of design methodologies and the practical implications of providing lighting provision for a variety of performance genres beyond those of basic theatrical drama. The module will consider lighting provision for events such as rock shows, contemporary dance and musical theatre.
Global Experience (20 credits)
You will explore arts and culture in another country including a short trip abroad.
Interdisciplinary module ¬ Arts and Politics (20 credits) (single honours only)
You will examine the incorporation of political agendas into theatre, music, and dance.
Interdisciplinary module ¬ Arts and the Individual (20 credits) (single honours only)
You will consider key influences from individual artists and practitioners across the arts.
There is a range of option modules to choose from, likely to include:
Theatres of the World: British Theatre (20 credits)
The module will be focusing on the study of post¬war and contemporary theatre examples by an array of British playwrights such as John Osborne, Harold Pinter, Sarah Kane, Debbie Tucker Green, Martin Crimp and theatre companies such as Stan’s Cafe and Joint Stock. It will be covering a range of theoretical approaches and themes including identity politics and stylistic innovation.
The Actor and the Production (20 credits)
This module will engage you in the creative and collaborative process of staging and performing a dramatic text for a public audience. Throughout an intensive actor¬training period, you will re-explore key acting techniques, and engage with selected contemporary texts that are recognised as posing the greatest challenges for the actor.
Stage Management 2 (20 credits) (single honours only)
You will focus on company stage management and the logistics of stage management in a professional context. Emphasis will be placed on professional development and employability, and you will build a portfolio of practical experience to evidence engagement with the professional process.
Contemporary Performance Practice: Postdramatic Devising (20 credits)
The module will primarily focus on postdramatic techniques of characterisation and storytelling including the use of persona, autobiographical performance, collage and adaptation. It will be drawing on existing practice by theatre collectives and practitioners such as The Wooster Group, Stan’s Cafe, Reckless Sleepers, Bobby Baker and Forced Entertainment.
Practising Applied Performance (20 credits) (single honours only)
The module will primarily focus on broadening your understanding of applied performance by introducing you to the broad area of practice, such as the application of performance in the context of heritage, healthcare, social inclusion, environment, and management. In the first weeks, you will explore theories and practices related to applied performance within these contexts as well as their social, political, ethical and environmental implications.
Interdisciplinary module: Community Arts Project (20 credits)
You will work as interdisciplinary teams and create a community based arts project, sharing and applying skills, knowledge and understanding of arts to the context and the practicalities of project development, management and delivering a project.
Interdisciplinary module: Multimedia Performance (20 credits)
This module is designed to explore the rapidly emerging and diversifying field of multimedia performance and interactive performance installation. Multimedia performance embraces a new technology as means of extending both the self and place.