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Assessment Criteria / Titles

Autumn Term

Performance Review - ESUB2015

Portfolio - ESUB2015

Draft Essay - ESUB2015

Final Essay - ESUB2015



As part of your assessment for the Performance Analysis module you will be set tasks for your seminar tutorials at the end of every lecture. Every member of the seminar group must do the task and bring it to the clas son Monday. This tasks will form the basis for discussion and develiopment of yoru writing and analysis skills. They will also be the basis for the material you submit for your second portfoilio, so it is important that you do these to the best of your ability.

Tasks for Term 1

Seminar Week 2 (no lecture week 1): Outline 3-4 issues that you might consider when writing your review of Inala. This is to aid you in your first assessed assignment.

Seminar Week 3 (From Lecture Week 2): Write down what you think are three or four possible angles for analysis for this play. Also where you would access criticisms of the play/ productions of it? How can these skills help you in writing your review?

Seminar Week 4 (From Lecture Week 3): Think about: How we differentiate between reviews/ academic articles.

How we can use these resources for our own analysis/ argument, rather than expecting them to speak for us.

Discuss what we need to think about in order to use criticism effectively.

Hand in your Review of Inala by e-submission by 4 p.m. on Wednesday 22/10/14.


Seminar Week 5 (From Lecture Week 4): Define ideology and hegemony. What are the differences between these terms/ ideas?

How are these ideas made visible in and through performance? Choose one example to illustrate how an ideology or hegemony has been performed in a public event

Week 6: – Reading week.

Seminar Week 7 (From Lecture Week 5): Each person blog their initial response to the form you are researching. In groups (5/6) people look at points of contact/ difference of each individual’s approach to form

In the seminar, groups presents their research on one of the non-western theatre forms they have chosen to focus, suggesting how they have decided to analyse it, perhaps including issues you encountered in the process.

Seminar Week 8 (From Lecture Week 7):

Consider what we mean by popular theatre and popular entertainment using examples of popular entertainment to explore the issues raised by these terms.

Seminar Week 9 (From Lecture Week 8):

Define melodrama in the light of last week’s lecture. In what ways is melodrama’s influence still apparent in modern forms of entertainment?

Seminar Week 10 (From Lecture Week 9):

Look at representations of race and colour in live performance. Consider the social and political impact (or not) of music hall songs and performance

Seminar Week 1 (From Lecture Week 10)

Visit a Christmas pantomime and consider the ways in which it provides a unique performance experience for its audiences (you may, if you can’t attend a live performance, find an on-line performance to discuss)


Choose two tasks from this first term, perhaps one from weeks 2-5, and one from weeks 7-10 that have particularly interested you, and expand each of these into a 1000 word formal analytic response, including citations and a bibliography each.

We will be evaluating the extent to which you are specific in addressing the task:

- defining key concepts where appropriate,

- using specific example/s to support your analysis

- demonstrate a personal understanding of the ideas with which you are engaging, while situating them against other, perhaps alternative views.

Spring term:

Seminar tasks

Week 1 (From Lecture Week 10, Term 1): Visit a Christmas pantomime and consider the ways in which it provides a unique performance experience for its audiences (you may, if you can’t attend a live performance, find an on-line performance to discuss)

Week 2 (From Lecture Week 1):

Hand in Portfolio - 12/01/2015, e-subission by 4 p.m.

Week 3 (From Lecture Week 2):

Week 4 (From Lecture Week 3): Students meet with module tutor to discuss essay topics.

Week 5 (From Lecture Week 4):

Week 6: – Reading week.

Week 7 (From Lecture Week 5):

Task: Write a working definition of sanity and consider the ways you can prove/disprove sanity. What are the ‘not without which’ elements that one needs in order to be sure one is sane? And what other words do you associate with ‘sane’?

Week 8 (From Lecture Week 7): Task: Keep a journal and tally chart of the popular slang you hear over the weekend that makes any reference to madness – mad, mental, crazy, loopy, nut, schiz and so forth. Reflect on the use of power and language in the contexts you hear these phrases in. Does it matter or is it harmless?

Week 9 (From Lecture Week 8): Task: Generate a list of dramatic conventions you might expect to see in a play about madness. Does this list change if the central ‘mad’ character is male or female? Generate a list of ‘mad’ theatrical characters. What do you notice?

Week 10 (From Lecture Week 9): Task: Paint or draw your mind. What challenges does this pose? How do you communicate internal landscapes of feeling and thought in meaningful ways?

Hand in Draft essay, Thursday 19/03/2015.


Summer term:

Weeks 1: Meet with assigned Faculty lecturer-tutor to discuss drafts of essays and comments.

Week 3: Final draft of essays due by e-submission, along with first draft with notes from tutor, Monday 4/05/15.


Criteria for Assessing Performance Analysis Reviews:

As we read your performance reviews, we will be paying particular attention to

How you have introduced your review – by clearly stating your approach and the angles of analysis to be addressed.

How you have presented and structured your argument, including how well you have signposted your analysis, shifts between ideas and given reasons for the points of view you are arguing.

How you conclude: pointing forward to other issues not discussed, or comparable productions worth seeing, or ...?

Stylistically we will be looking at your:

- paragraph and sentence coherence.

- the logical coherence of your arguments

- whether your review has been carefully proof-read

- how well your citations have been introduced, used and referenced.

Performance Analysis Essays

Length: 3000 words

Choose one of the following topics, OR formulate a topic of your own with a tutor from the module. Discuss critically with reference to specific examples of your choice. Remember to reference clearly and accurately, include a full bibliography. We will mark and feedback on a draft, which you then rework for a final mark.

1. Take one of the following genres of popular entertainment and make a case for why we should study it and what sort of methodologies we should use in our analysis: melodrama, pantomime, commedia dell'arte, music hall, black face, variety, circus, music theatre.

2. Ionesco has argued that ‘a sporting match gives us the most exact idea of what the theatre is in its purest state: live antagonism, dynamic conflict, the ... clash of opposing wills.’ (qtd. In Mangan, 196) Choose one or two specific sporting events and critically evaluate this statement.

3. With references to one or two theatres or other performance spaces discuss the importance of the design and configuration of the space(s) to a spectator's/audience's engagement with performance(s) in your chosen venue(s).

4. Madness is an unknowable, private experience and so to represent it is necessarily to falsify such an experience. Discuss this proposition in relation to a contemporary piece of performance that engages with madness or mental illness.

5. Topic of your own, in discussion with a tutor.

Criteria for Assessing Essays:

As we read through the initial and final drafts of your essays, we will be paying particular attention to the following items.

1) Introduction:

Does the introduction clearly state what the thematic approach, the specific example, and the main argument of the essay will be?

Does it indicate how you will go about proving your argument and why (i.e., give some clear sense of the paper’s structure and the logic of that structure)?

2) Individual Paragraphs:

Are the individual paragraphs focused on one major point that is explicitly related to the overall argument of the paper?

Does the paragraph present a specific example that provides adequate evidence for making the paragraph’s main point?

Is the example followed by a focused explanation of how and why it is being used to support the claim made at the beginning of the paragraph. (This is absolutely crucial!!)

Does the paragraph provide a transition into the next point and paragraph?

3) Conclusion:

Does the conclusion sum up your arguments and point toward larger implications that readers might want to consider if they would like to think more about your arguments?

4) Style and Citation:

Has the paper been carefully proof-read?

Are the citations done correctly?

Are the sentences convoluted?