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TH219 - Writing for Theatre and Performance

  • Module code: TH219
  • Module name: Writing for Theatre and Performance
  • 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 goal of this module is to introduce students to different dramaturgical approaches and creative processes embodied in a range of textual forms–from traditional dramatic writing to performance scenarios. The main purposes of the module are to enable students to develop their practical and creative skills in playwriting and also their critical skills in exploring the strategies and processes involved in their own work and that of notable practitioners.

Principal learning outcomes

By the end of this module students will be able to: understand the specific nature of writing for theatre and performance and to demonstrate a practical and critical knowledge of playwriting and performance writing in terms of subject and medium, selection of material, dramaturgical techniques and strategies, genre and form, constituent aspects of dramatic text including structure, action, character, dialogue, and space, as well as knowledge of representative examples by notable playwrights/ performance writers.

Timetabled teaching activities

3hr session each week.

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Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
30 CATS (Module code: TH219-30)
A (Assessed work only) Assessed Course Work 20%
Assessed Course Work 20%
Assessed Course Work 30%
Assessed Course Work 30%
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 Italian with Theatre Studies (R3W4) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate English and Theatre Studies (QW34) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Theatre and Performance Studies (W421) - Year 2