Applied Theatre - DR648

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2020 to 2021
Spring 6 30 (15) MS S Stevenson checkmark-circle


This module introduces the applied theatre form, and considers the historical and social context in which the form developed. It offers students the opportunity to both understand and apply workshop techniques, planning, facilitation and management of projects within an Applied Theatre context. Practical work is based on a theoretical understanding and grounding in the historical and social contexts of Applied Theatre. The module will be structured in 2 distinctive parts:
The first introduces and considers the historical development of applied theatre, current debates, methodologies and case studies within the field. This stage of the module will include a range of lectures, seminar discussions, and exploratory/task based workshops.The second stage will focus on developing associated practical skills to include project planning, management, workshop and facilitation skills.


This module appears in the following module collections.

Contact hours

Total contact hours: minimum 66
Private study hours: 234
Total study hours: 300

Method of assessment

Workshop Project (50%)
Written Document (3000 words) (30%)
Process (20%)

Indicative reading

Boal, Augusto (1998) Legislative Theatre: Using Performance to make Politics, London: Routledge
Boal, Augusto (1994)The Rainbow of Desire, London: Routledge.
Cohen- Cruz J, Radical Street Performance, an International Anthology, Routledge 1998
Jackson T, Learning through Theatre A: New Perspectives on Theatre in Education (2nd edition) Routledge, 1993
Kershaw B, The Politics of Performance: Radical Theatre as Cultural Intervention, Routledge, 1992
Kuppers, P. Community Performance, An introduction, Routledge 2007
Kuppers, P & Robertson, G. The Community Performance Reader, Routledge 2007
Nicholson, Helen, (2005) Applied Drama, Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan 2005
Taylor G P, Applied Theatre: Creating Transformative Encounters in the Community, Greenwood, 2003

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

- demonstrate an understanding and practical knowledge of a range of workshop skills appropriate to the applied theatre form and community &/or educational contexts;
- work within a team to produce a creative workshop programme within community and/or educational settings;
- demonstrate an understanding and knowledge of practice, theory and ethical issues relating to an applied performance context;
- pursue independent research;
- reflect on and critique their own practice.


  1. Credit level 6. Higher level module usually taken in Stage 3 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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