Performance Practices II - DRAM8320

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Spring Term 7 30 (15) Jayne Thompson checkmark-circle


This module forms part of the MA Theatre Making. During the Spring term students conceive, develop and manage original practical and creative projects at an advanced level. This might involve them working for example as a director/performer and/or writer, on one project, for the duration of the term. Students will document the process, commenting and reflecting on their work as individual artists and on associated collaborations. Students are also expected to play a role within the whole student cohort, supporting the work of other students within the module. This might involve them performing in another student's show or taking responsibility within the company for publicity, stage management, technical support, Front-of House or budgeting. Teaching takes place through workshops and seminars led by members of staff, as well as workshops and mentoring with professional theatre-makers, rehearsal supervision and feedback on auto-cours.


Contact hours

Taught workshops, seminar discussions, and supervised rehearsals.
Contact hours: 78
Private study hours: 222
Total hours: 300

Method of assessment

Main Assessment Methods:

Presentation of practical project, 20%
Practical performance, 50%
Reflective Essay, 3,500 words 30%

Reassessment methods:

Indicative reading

Indicative Reading List:

Freeman, John (2007), New Performance/New Writing. Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan.
Goulish, Matthew (2000) 39 Microlectures: In Proximity of Performance Routledge.
Heathfield, Adrian, ed., (2004), Live: Art and Performance. London: Tate Publishing.
Heddon, Deirdre & Jane Milling (2005), Devising Performance: A Critical History. Baskingstoke:Palgrave Macmillan.
Pearson, Mike (2015), Marking Time: Performance, Archaeology and the City. Exeter: ExeterUniversity Press.
Radosavljevic, Duska (2013), The Contemporary Ensemble: Interviews with Theatre-Makers. London; New York: Routledge.

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. deploy advanced skills in the creation of new performance (to include techniques associated with performance art, devised theatre, applied theatre, director's theatre, physical theatre, object theatre and site-specific theatre);
2. demonstrate self-direction and original application of knowledge by creating innovative performance from a variety of stimuli and sources and using appropriate techniques, structures and methodologies
3. demonstrate an ability to undertake extended research and to explore hypotheses and questions concerning contemporary theatre-making through theory and practice;
4. evaluate and critique current research and advanced scholarship in the discipline of theatre-making and performance studies;
5. continue to advance their knowledge and understanding autonomously and develop new skills to a high level, for instance in developing a creative ethos, identity and mission, as well as marketing material.

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

1. undertake autonomous and collaborative working practices, exercising initiative and personal responsibility
2. deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively, make sound judgements in the absence of complete data, and communicate their conclusions clearly to specialist and non-specialist audiences
3. demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems, and act autonomously in planning and implementing tasks at a professional or equivalent level
4. continue to advance their knowledge and understanding, and to develop new skills to a high level


  1. Credit level 7. Undergraduate or postgraduate masters level module.
  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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