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TH326 - Dramaturgy

  • Module code: TH326
  • Module name: Dramaturgy
  • Department: School of Theatre & Performance Studies and Cultural & Media Policy Studies
  • Credit: 15

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

In this module, we will interrogate the connection between the playtext and performance and wrestle with different methods of play analysis resulting in various possible interpretations and page-to-stage approaches. We will supplement language-based forms of analysis with more intuitive strategies that rely on emotional and visceral responses and imagery and that can lead to stimulating and provocative artistic choices. The module also looks at the historical precedents of dramaturgy and explores the role of the dramaturg in the contemporary theatre. Students will learn what a dramaturg does, including play analysis, creative research, adaptation, and devising primarily through practice, but also through reading the ideas and insights of professional dramaturgs. In addition, students will create a range of short projects using writing, research, art, and imagination.

Principal learning outcomes

By the end of the course, students will be able to: demonstrate an understanding of dramatic structure and style; use dramaturgical tools of play analysis and creative research; conduct background research (written and visual) on the world of the play or performance text; create adaptations for non-traditional performance (puppetry, dance, multi-media, stilts, etc.); demonstrate an understanding of the role of the dramaturg in the contemporary theatre; demonstrate an understanding of the role of the dramaturg in the devising process; demonstrate an understanding of the principles of dramaturgy relating to plays from other cultures.

Timetabled teaching activities

2hr seminar each week.

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Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
15 CATS (Module code: TH326-15)
A1 (Assessed work only) Assessed Course Work 40%
Assessed Course Work 60%

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