Dramatic Structure

The details
Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies
Colchester Campus
Postgraduate: Level 7
Monday 13 January 2020
Friday 20 March 2020
08 May 2019


Requisites for this module



Key module for

MA W81112 Scriptwriting (Theatre and Digital Media)

Module description

This module introduces students to a range of critical and theoretical ideas about writing for the theatre. The module is designed to help develop each student's writing practice through either the writing of the opening of a full-length play or a short play of 30 minutes duration. All students are asked to share their writing with other students taking the module and will be asked to read and perform their own work as well as that of other students. Together we will focus on the practice of rewriting and redrafting ideas ensuring each student is supported as they develop their own individual theatre style.

The plays that accompany this module have been chosen to show the wide range of forms theatre writing can take and to provide a starting point for each weeks discussion.

Module aims

The aims of this module are:

1. To introduce students to a range of critical and theoretical ideas about writing for the theatre. T
2. To help develop each student's writing practice
3. To foster students' presentation and collaborative skills

Module learning outcomes

At the end of the module, students should have developed a detailed and critical understanding of structure and be able to apply their understanding of structure to the creative process.

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

Weekly two-hour seminar


  • Crimp, Martin. (2007) Attempts on her life, London: Faber and Faber.
  • Owen, Gary. (2015) Iphigenia in Splott, London: Oberon Books.
  • McLeish, Kenneth. (1999) Aristotle, New York: Routledge. vol. The great philosophers
  • Shakespeare, William; Pechter, Edward. (c2004) Othello: authoritative text, sources and contexts, criticism, New York: W.W. Norton & Co.
  • McDonagh, Martin. (2015) Hangmen, London: Faber & Faber.
  • McKee, Robert. (1998) Story: substance, structure, style and the principles of screenwriting, London: Methuen.
  • Mamet, David. (2007) Three uses of the knife: on the nature and purpose of drama, London: Methuen Drama.
  • Miller, Arthur. (2010) A View from the Bridge, London: Penguin Books.
  • Churchill, Caryl. (1998) Blue heart, New York: Theatre Communications Group.
  • Ibsen, Henrik; Meyer, Michael Leverson; Worrall, Nick; Worrall, Non. (2009) A doll's house, London: Methuen Drama.
  • Green, Debbie Tucker. (2005) Stoning Mary, London: Nick Hern.
  • Wade, Laura. (2018) Home, I'm darling, London: Oberon Books Ltd.
  • Macmillan, Duncan. (2015) People, places and things, London: Oberon Books.
  • McLeish, Kenneth; Aristotle. (1999) Poetics, London: Nick Hern Books. vol. Dramatic contexts
  • Kuti, Elizabeth. (2013) Fishskin trousers, London: Nick Hern Books.

The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course. The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students. Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   30-minute piece of writing and a 1,500 word critical reflection  20/04/2020  100% 

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%


Coursework Exam
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Module supervisor and teaching staff
Prof Jonathan Lichtenstein, email:
Professor Jonathan Lichtenstein
LiFTS General Office - email Telephone 01206 872626



External examiner

Dr Anthony Fisher
Reader in Theatre and Philosophy
Available via Moodle
Of 20 hours, 20 (100%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


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