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TH113 - Contemporary Performance Practices

  • Module code: TH113
  • Module name: Contemporary Performance Practices
  • Department: School of Theatre & Performance Studies and Cultural & Media Policy Studies
  • Credit: 30

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

Through tutor-led workshops, seminar discussions, presentations and workshops with artists, this double-weighted first-year core module will introduce you to several types to contemporary practice. In the first two terms, you will be introduced to a variety of approaches to creating theatre and performance such as devising, new writing, adaptation, dramaturgy, and/or storytelling; develop skills in technical aspects of lighting and sound; learn about the range of performance practices that make up the contemporary theatre scene through theatre visits, DVDs, and web-based and written documentation of theatre and performance; and improve your own critical and creative responses to work seen and discussed. In the third term, you will work in small groups to create a fifteen-minute performance that uses your skills in creating performance, lighting, and sound. The module proceeds through discussions, hands-on practical work, and collaborative devising processes.

Principal learning outcomes

By the end of the module you will have: Considered the inter-relationship between theory and practice in creative practice; Developed an awareness of key conceptual and creative processes that underpin the realisation of creative projects; Gained practical skills in lighting and sound; Contributed to the generation and realisation of a range of creative projects through an understanding of appropriate practical skills, techniques and performance vocabularies; Developed skills in written and verbal communication, collaborative working and problem-solving.

Timetabled teaching activities

Twice weekly studio-based workshops

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Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
30 CATS (Module code: TH113-30)
B (Examination only) locally Adminstered Exam 25%
locally Adminstered Exam 25%
locally Adminstered Exam 50%
Assessed Course Work 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

  • Undergraduate Theatre and Performance Studies (W421) - Year 1
Optional Core