Independent Practical Theatre Project

The details
Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 6
Thursday 03 October 2024
Friday 27 June 2025
03 October 2022


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),
MLITQ394 Drama and Scriptwriting,
BA WW80 Drama and Creative Writing,
BA WW81 Drama and Creative Writing (Including Foundation Year),
BA WW82 Drama and Creative Writing (including Placement Year),
BA WW83 Drama and Creative Writing (including Year Abroad)

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 2,500 word critical reflection 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 a critical reflection of 2,500 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

Anticipated teaching delivery: A combination of 2-hour seminars and 1-hour tutorials with a performance week


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography for this year.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   Critical Reflection    40% 
Practical   Formative Assessment (presentation)    0% 
Practical   Practical Work    60% 

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
Prof Jonathan Lichtenstein, email:
Professor Jonathan Lichtenstein
LiFTS General Office - email Telephone 01206 872626



External examiner

Dr Christina Papagiannouli
University of South Wales
Research Fellow
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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