Technical Theatre and Stage Management

The details
Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies
Colchester Campus
Undergraduate: Level 4
Thursday 03 October 2019
Saturday 14 December 2019
20 March 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 is a practical introduction to the technical aspects of theatre including basic sound and lighting techniques, and stage management.

The approach is practical and is designed to equip students to be able to use the sound and lighting equipment in the Lakeside Theatre and Studio.

This module will enable students to design and programme lights; to create a basic sound design, and to stage manage a show.

Module aims

The aims of the module are:
1, To introduce students to the fundamental principles of stage lighting and sound design for the theatre
2. To enable students to apply and practice the basics of stage management
3. To stage a show safely and effectively in the Lakeside Theatre with an understanding of and basic competence in sound, lighting and stage management.
4. To understand and comply with the basic principles of Health and Safety and professional conduct within a theatre building.

Module learning outcomes

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

1. Rig and programme a basic lighting and sound design, under appropriate supervision
2. Analyse and critique the fundamental principles of lighting and sound design
3. Stage manage a show effectively
4. Describe and apply basic principles of stage craft and theatre production, using appropriate technical and professional vocabulary

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

Weekly 3-hour seminar in the Lakeside Theatre


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   Participation marks    5% 
Coursework   Week 6 - Formative assignment: Four reflective statements for your portfolio     
Coursework   Technical Written Work (Reflective Portfolio)    45% 
Practical   Week 10 - Technical Practical Assignment (in class)    50% 

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%


Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Prof Jonathan Lichtenstein, email:
Nikk Turnham
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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