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TH205 - Theatre in the Community

  • Module code: TH205
  • Module name: Theatre in the Community
  • Department: School of Theatre & Performance Studies and Cultural & Media Policy Studies
  • Credit: 30

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

The Theatre in the Community module provides an exploration of theoretical and practical strategies that are currently in evidence within contemporary community theatre practice. The work ranges through theoretical studies of the key political or social philosophies that have informed community theatre practice. This stage of the module includes a particular emphasis on how theories of criminology have informed theatre work with offenders. It continues through an examination of practical strategies which encompass games and exercises for use with community groups. Within this there is reference to group dynamics, community contexts and the primary objectives achievable within practice of this kind. The module leads towards the devising of a project which will take place in a community context. In the final part of the module, the students get to plan, devise and perform a performance or series of workshops within a community context in the Coventry or Staffordshire area.

Principal learning outcomes

By the end of the module, students should be able to: 1)Lead a practice-based exploration of themes or ideas within a community context, working with, for example, young people, older people or offenders. 2)Lead a process of play or project devising appropriate for a community context. 3)Undertake independent research-based investigation to inform written and practical work. 4)Communicate what they have learnt orally and in writing.

Timetabled teaching activities

One 4hr session per week

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Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
30 CATS (Module code: TH205-30)
D (Assessed/examined work) Assessed Course Work 25%
locally Adminstered Exam 25%
locally Adminstered Exam 50%
Assessed Course Work 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:



Optional Core
  • Undergraduate French with Theatre Studies (R1W4) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate English and Theatre Studies (QW34) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Theatre and Performance Studies (W421) - Year 2