Theatre Making

The details
Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies
Colchester Campus
Undergraduate: Level 4
Monday 13 January 2020
Friday 20 March 2020
26 April 2019


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BA W401 Drama,
BA W402 Drama (Including Year Abroad),
BA W403 Drama (Including Placement Year),
BA W408 Drama (Including Foundation Year),
BA QW24 Drama and Literature,
BA QW25 Drama and Literature (Including Placement Year),
BA WQ28 Drama and Literature (Including Foundation Year),
BA WQ42 Drama and Literature (Including Year Abroad)

Module description

The content of this module is closely linked to the programme of the Lakeside Theatre. It places the student, as creative practitioner, in the home of the Lakeside Theatre, enabling them to become familiar with the building and its systems, strategies and operations as well as engage actively with its artistic programme.

Through a series of workshops, seminars and field trips, including theatre and gallery visits, students will be introduced to a variety of stimuli and strategies that theatre makers use to create a production.

Students will see, discuss and review several professional performances, as well as other cultural events both on and off campus; they will look at the role and value of the arts in society and, through guided practical workshops, use these experiences as a spur to create their own personal solo performances.

Students will also meet and engage with visiting theatre professionals and be introduced to the hands-on practicalities required to produce theatre. Through close engagement with the Lakeside Theatre, students will also learn about many facets of work in the professional theatre, including: the role of the artistic director; creative entrepreneurship and the role of the Arts Council; marketing, press and publicity; processes of production.

Module aims

Aims of the module:
Aims of the module:

1. To give students the opportunity to learn about, and practise, new creative ways of making theatre, especially drawing on their own life-stories and experience
2. To introduce students to the workings of a professional theatre building
3. To introduce students to a broad range of cultural events
4. To bring students into contact with theatre companies and professionals and to gain insights into their creative working methods and processes, especially in terms of making theatre out of autobiographical material
5. To inform students with an understanding of the current theatre industry and professional opportunities within it
6. To explore the role of the arts in society; the connections between theatre and visual arts; and the relationship between theatre programming and the creation/composition of audiences
7. To encourage an understanding of entrepreneurship, stimulate creativity and to broaden cultural awareness.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of the module students will be able to:

1. Analyse and critically review a theatre performance and/or art exhibition
2. Demonstrate a basic knowledge of the systems, strategies and operations of a working theatre
3. Demonstrate a basic understanding of the immediate cultural landscape and their individual relationship to it as creative practitioners.
4. Work independently on a practical project
5. Present a solo autobiographical performance
6. Analyse how creative ideas are developed and how they relate to audiences and social concerns
7. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the ethics of working creatively with autobiographical material

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

Ten weekly three-hour workshop/seminars, plus theatre and gallery visits and/or workshops with professional companies as appropriate


This module does not appear to have any essential texts. To see non-essential items, please refer to the module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   Formative Reviews (Submission via MOODLE)    0% 
Coursework   Written Assignment: An account of the research and development process of the autobiographical solo performance with evaluation    45% 
Practical   Participation    5% 
Practical   Practical Assignment Solo autobiographical performance (Week 25)    50% 

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%


Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Prof Jonathan Lichtenstein, email:
Professor Jonathan Lichtenstein
LiFTS General Office - email: Telephone 01206 872626



External examiner

Dr Anthony Fisher
The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama
Reader in Theatre and Philosophy
Available via Moodle
Of 60 hours, 0 (0%) hours available to students:
60 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


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