The details
Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies
Colchester Campus
Undergraduate: Level 4
Thursday 03 October 2019
Saturday 14 December 2019
01 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

This module introduces students to the processes involved in using devising methodologies to evolve different kinds of performance texts. The module will form the foundations for understanding how plays work three-dimensionally (the journey from page to stage) and expand the boundaries of what resources theatre-makers might draw upon as a trigger to originate live performance.

Module aims

The aims of the module are:

• To develop a knowledge of a range of creative and critical methods and approaches to contemporary performance-making.
• To cultivate an ability to engage critically and develop work creatively in a range of theatre and performance modes and forms.
• To gain understanding of the relationships between process and product in performance work.
• To gain detailed understanding of one or more areas of contemporary theatre practice.
• To develop organisational, improvisational, workshop and group skills.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will have had opportunities to gain:

• an ability to appreciate, engage critically, and develop work creatively, in a variety of theatre and performance modes, forms, and genres.
• an understanding of processes by which performances are created.
• experience of engaging in performance-making, based on an acquisition and understanding of appropriate creative vocabularies, skills, structures, and working methods.
• the ability to work collaboratively, sharing responsibility, delegating, and where appropriate leading teams.
• skills in project management.

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

Through practical workshops students will have the opportunity to test a variety of devising and rehearsal methods used by actors, directors, companies and performing artists.


  • Josephine Machon. (2013) Immersive theatres: intimacy and immediacy in contemporary performance, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Govan, Emma; Nicholson, Helen; Normington, Katie. (2007) Making a performance: devising histories and contemporary practices, London: Routledge.
  • Murakami, Haruki. (2003) The elephant vanishes, London: Vintage.
  • Steve Dixon. (2015) Digital Performance, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
  • (2017) Reframing immersive theatre: the politics and pragmatics of participatory performance, London: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Harvie, Jen; Lavender, Andy. (2010) Making Contemporary Theatre, Manchester: Manchester University Press.
  • (©2012) Performing site-specific theatre: politics, place, practice, Basingstoke: Palgrve Macmillan.
  • Pearson, Mike. (2010) Site-Specific Performance: Macmillan Education UK.
  • Ainslie, Sarah; Warren-Fisher, Russell; Complicite (Theatre company). (c2010) Complicite: rehearsal notes ; a visual essay of the unique working methods of the company, London: Complicite.

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   Formative: Group seminar presentation (20mins) week 7    0% 
Coursework   Written analysis of the process/performance (1,500 words) (for feedback purposes)    45% 
Practical   Devised performance (15-25 min) - 25% Group / 25% Individual contribution    50% 
Practical   Participation    5% 

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%


Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Liam Jarvis, email:
Dr Liam Jarvis
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 40 hours, 40 (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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