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Adaptation and Transformation

Module Code: TH330
Module Name: Adaptation for Performance
Module Credits: 30

Module Description

How do we transform non-dramatic materials into a live performance or performance-based experiences? Adaptation and Transformation is a practice-based module that uses a hands-on approach to understand the adaptation process. We will analyse case studies of play texts adapted from a range of source materials, including prose or poetry texts, biographical material, historical or current events, and visual images. Using these case studies as models, students will create and perform their own adaptation. These adaptations will be presented during class in Week 9. In addition, each student will create an Artistic Dossier/Critical Review of the adaptation.

N.B. This is a 30 CAT (full-year) module taking place intensively over one term, so the work is heavier than a traditional one-term module.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, students will be able to:
• Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of adaptation for performance from a range of source materials (seeing the ‘play’ in the source)
• Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of dramatic structure, character development, conflict, and theatrical environment (‘special world’)
• Create adaptations for performance from a different genre, art form or historical event (knowing what makes performance unique)
• Conduct background research necessary to develop an adaptation Work collaboratively in developing an adaptation

Class Time and Location

MONDAY 1300-1800 G55


50% Performance exam (performance adaptation, group)
50% Portfolio (e-submission, individual) [LINK FOR ESUBMISSION]