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Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies
Colchester Campus
Undergraduate: Level 4
Monday 13 January 2025
Friday 21 March 2025
07 May 2021


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)

Module description

This module introduces students to creative processes drawing on different devising methodologies to evolve various kinds of performance texts. The module will form the foundations for understanding the journey from a starting stimulus to stage/online performance 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

Anticipated teaching delivery for 2021-22: Weekly 2-hour workshop


  • 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 Coursework weighting
Coursework   Reflection    45% 
Practical   Participation Mark    5% 
Practical   Formative: Group seminar presentation (20mins.) During class time    0% 
Practical   Performance During class time     50% 

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
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Coursework Exam
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Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Liam Jarvis, email:
Dr Liam Jarvis
LiFTS General Office - email Telephone 01206 872626



External examiner

Dr Christina Papagiannouli
University of South Wales
Research Fellow
Available via Moodle
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1264 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


Further information

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