Independent Practical Theatre Project

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Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 6
Thursday 08 October 2020
Friday 02 July 2021
05 June 2020


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Module description

This option allows you to devise and create your own practical theatre project, whether solo (on your own) or in a group (two or more people working together). You will be supervised by a member of staff.

You will also write an individual 4,000 word essay in support of your practical piece. Group projects will have a time-tabled slot for their IPTP so that the entire group has a timetabled meeting once a week, but you will also need to work and rehearse outside of this allotted time-tabled session.

As a solo performer, actor or deviser, you will create a one-person piece of performance (no more than 30 minutes in length). You will also write an essay of 4,000 words.

If you are working in a group of 2 or more, your will make a practical piece of theatre; this could be a devised piece, a co-authored piece, the production of a classic play, or of a new piece of writing (no more than 60 minutes in length). Members of the group may take on the following roles: directing, acting, costumes, set and sound design, producing, dramaturgy.

Performances will be held in the Spring term in the Lakeside Theatre (mainstage or Studio) or may, under special circumstances, be staged elsewhere, depending on the needs of the piece.

Module aims

The aims of the module are:

1. to enable students to design their own programme of study, exploring a topic of particular interest to them
2. to empower students to design, execute and deliver an independent practical theatre project
3. to encourage the development of transferable research, planning and organisational skills
4. to prepare students for postgraduate study
5. to develop students' self-motivation, team building, self-discipline and independence in their studies

Module learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the module, students should:

1. be able to show an appreciation of theatre practice from a range of perspectives
2. have a clearer understanding of theatre production processes
3. have developed key skills in respect of directing, acting, costumes, set and sound design, producing and/or dramaturgy
4. have developed a critical awareness of a range of research methodologies
5. be able to work together as a team and to deadlines with a clear output

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

For 2020-21, we will offer a mixture of tailored online, digital, and campus-based teaching where it may be possible and as appropriate, along with personalised one-to-one consultation with academic staff.


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   Critical Commentary    20% 
Practical   Practical Presentation    50% 
Practical   Autumn Term Presentation    15% 
Practical   Online Portfolio    15% 

Overall assessment

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Module supervisor and teaching staff
Prof Jonathan Lichtenstein, email:
Professor Jonathan Lichtenstein
LiFTS General Office - email Telephone 01206 872626



External examiner

Dr Karen Savage
University of Lincoln
Head of School
Available via Moodle
Of 241 hours, 54 (22.4%) hours available to students:
187 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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