Physical Theatre: Ensemble Devising - DRAM6640

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Autumn Term 6 30 (15) Roanna Mitchell checkmark-circle


This active and highly collaborative module takes the rich field of practices in physical theatre, actor-movement and dance-theatre as a starting point to explore the role of the body in performance, and to develop sophisticated approaches to devising and composition with an ensemble.
Through a series of practical workshops and practice-lectures, students have the opportunity to develop skills in physical composition and dramaturgy, exploring not just the 'what' of a performance, but also the 'how'; develop their understanding of the body and movement as a communicator of meaning; and explore skills and strategies that are essential for creative collaboration and for wellbeing in the creative process.
Movement is in all aspects of theatre, and through this module students are encouraged to develop their own creative language and style, to make performance that ‘moves us’, to make theatre for today. Weekly reading and discussions support the practical work, and assessment takes place through a reflective essay as well as the final performance.


Contact hours

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

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods:

Performance (60%)
Essay Portfolio (3,000 words) (40%)

Reassessment methods:
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Indicative reading

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Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Acquire developed knowledge of safe and appropriate ways to work physically and from physical starting points
2 Develop creativity and conceptual confidence in using a variety of methods and other material elements of staging in performance.
3 Study innovative approaches to theatrical composition through physicality, with a particular focus on rhythm, movement, space, sound and the body.
4 Produce a portfolio and accompanying visual material that uses information from a variety of theoretical and historical sources to reflect on a personal, creative process.
5 Develop further insight into the relationship between training and performance through theoretical research and the practical experience of creating group performances
6 Develop a strong understanding of the theoretical and historical context from which Physical Theatre emerged in the twentieth century and how it has developed into the 21st Century

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Undertake autonomous and independent working practices, exercising initiative and personal responsibility.
2 Demonstrate a range of communication skills through writing, discussion and practice-based work.
3 Work in a group collaboratively, utilising team structures and working methods to create a performance
4 Identify health and safety and ethical issues and undertake risk assessments
5 Reflect on personal learning, identifying strategies for revisions and development
6 Undertake independent research
7 Present coherent arguments using a variety of methods


  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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