Community and Participatory Theatre - DRAM6480

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Module delivery information

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


This module introduces participatory theatre in its various forms, and considers the historical and social context in which it has developed. It offers students the opportunity to both understand and apply workshop techniques, planning, facilitation and management of projects within a participatory theatre context. Practical work is based on a theoretical understanding and grounding in the historical and social contexts of the form. The module will be structured in 2 distinctive parts:

The first introduces and considers the historical development, 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.


Contact hours

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

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods:

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

Reassessment methods:
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Indicative reading

Indicative Reading List:

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

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

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

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

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

1 work collaboratively in a group, understand the essence of group dynamics, and work effectively together handling interpersonal issues;
2 develop and manage practical and creative projects within specified resource constraints of time, space, identifying health and safety issues and undertaking risk assessments
and/or budget thus developing organisational and problem solving skills;
3 manage workloads to meet deadlines and sustain focus for extended periods working independently, developing autonomy and self-management;
4 use information retrieval skills, involving the ability to use information resources and technology, gathering and critically evaluating material;
5 apply critical and creative skills;
6 communicate effectively to a professional standard, present coherent arguments and propositions in a variety of media, verbally and in writing, using appropriate communication and presentation technologies;
7 reflect on their own learning and development, identifying strategies for development, exploring strengths and weaknesses, and developing autonomy in learning and continuous professional development.


  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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