Models of Practice

The details
Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 5
Thursday 03 October 2019
Friday 26 June 2020
10 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),
BA P400 Film and Drama,
BA P401 Film and Drama (Including Year Abroad),
BA P402 Film and Drama (Including Placement Year),
BA P403 Film and Drama (Including Foundation Year)

Module description

This module will afford students the opportunity to explore a diverse and eclectic range of historical and contemporary models of practice in different areas of theatre and performance-making, and in different global contexts.

In common usage, the word ‘model’ can mean something regarded as an ‘excellent example of a specified quality’ or a ‘thing used as an example to follow or imitate’ (Oxford Dictionary). While working in very different political, cultural, and historical contexts, the pioneering practitioners that will be explored each week on this module have all made lasting and influential contributions to the way in which acting, writing, directing and live art-making are studied and performed – each week, we will focus on a practitioner or cultural institution that has developed ‘models’ of working that have influenced approaches to theatre-making or challenged previous ideas of what theatre can be, or what it might do in the world.

Module aims

The aims of the module are:

1. To develop knowledge of a range of models/approaches to theatre practice in different global, historical, social, cultural and political contexts
2. To develop an understanding of relevant theories
3. To gain practical insights through discussion and by test-benching a variety of different creative processes, rehearsal techniques, writing exercises etc.

Module learning outcomes

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

1. knowledge of different models, techniques and styles of performance in a diverse range of international and historical contexts
2. the ability to appreciate, engage critically, and develop work creatively, in a variety of theatre and performance modes, forms, and genres
3. experience of engaging in performance-making, based on an acquisition and understanding of appropriate creative vocabularies, skills, structures, and working methods
4. the ability to work collaboratively, sharing responsibility, delegating, and where appropriate leading teams
5. skills in independent research
6. skills in critical writing on practice/methodology

Module information

Please note that this module is taught by a mixture of seminar and practical workshop. Students will be required to join in with practical drama exercises, and to have group practical work assessed.

Learning and teaching methods

This module is taught by alternating seminars and practical workshops, the work from one complementing the other. Texts are explored analytically, critically and in practical workshop, with the work of theatre theorists borne in mind.


  • (no date) Ex Machina / Robert Lepage - 887 - YouTube.
  • Schechner, Richard. (2012) 'What is Performance?', in Performance studies: an introduction, London: Routledge., pp.28-51
  • Chekhov, Michael. (2002) To the actor, London: Routledge.
  • Boal, Augusto. (2008) Theatre of the oppressed, London: Pluto.
  • Bogart, Anne; Landau, Tina. (2014) The viewpoints book : a practical guide to viewpoints and composition, London: Nick Hern Books.
  • Boal, Augusto. (2002) Games for actors and non-actors, New York: Routledge.
  • Barker, Howard. (1985) The castle; Scenes from an execution, London: Calder. vol. 110
  • Kim Durham. (2000-) 'Acting on and off: Sanford Meisner reconsidered', in Studies in Theatre and Performance: Taylor & Francis. vol. 23 (3)
  • De-lahay, Rachel. (2011) The Westbridge, London: Methuen Drama.
  • (no date) Episode 5: Method vs. Meisner - YouTube.
  • Schechner, Richard. (no date) Performance Processes - YouTube.
  • Albacan, Aristita I. (2016) Intermediality and Spectatorship in the Theatre Work of Robert Lepage, Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • Dundjerovic, Aleksandar Saša. (2008) Robert Lepage, Abingdon: Routledge.
  • Schechner, Richard. (no date) Ritual - YouTube.
  • Albacan, Aristita I. (2016) 'Robert Lepage and the Context of Theatre in Québec', in Intermediality and spectatorship in the theatre work of Robert Lepage: the solo shows, Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing., pp.37-71
  • Dundjerovic, Aleksandar Saša. (2008) 'Performance Text - The Dragon's Trilogy', in Robert Lepage, Abingdon: Routledge.
  • Hodge, Alison. (2010) Actor training, London: Routledge.
  • Schechner, Richard. (no date) What is Performance Studies? - YouTube.
  • Rabey, David Ian. (©2009) Howard Barker: ecstasy and death : an expository study of his drama, theory and production work, 1988-2008, Basingstoke [England]: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Turley, Richard Marggraf. (©2016) Writing essays: a guide for students in English and the Humanities, London: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group.
  • (no date) Schechner's Rasaboxes - YouTube.
  • (no date) Playwright and Director Robert Lepage's Unique Creative Style - YouTube.
  • Williams, Roy. (2002) Sing yer heart out for the lads, London: Methuen.
  • Schechner, Richard. (1994) Environmental theater: an expanded new edition including 'Six axioms for environmental theater', New York: Applause.
  • (no date) La trilogie des Dragons / The Dragon's Trilogy - YouTube.

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   Essay Plan or Practical Proposal (Submit to MOODLE)    0% 
Coursework   Formative: Essay Plan - one A4 page.  04/12/2019  0% 
Coursework   Autumn term Essay (3,000 words)  13/01/2020  25% 
Coursework   Choice of: Independent project (3,000-word essay ) or 1,000-word Critical reflective on group assignment (20-25 min performance in week 24)  20/03/2020  25% 
Practical   Performance (after one-week intensive R&D in week 31)    45% 
Practical   Participation     5% 

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%


Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Liam Jarvis, email:
Prof Jonathan Lichtenstein / Dr Mary Mazzilli / Annecy Lax/ Dr Liam Jarvis / Prof Katharine Cockin
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 284 hours, 44 (15.5%) hours available to students:
240 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


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