The details
East 15 Acting School
Southend Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 4
Thursday 03 October 2024
Friday 27 June 2025
31 March 2021


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BA W900 Creative Producing (Theatre and Short Film),
BA W900MV Creative Producing (Theatre and Short Film)

Module description

This module provides students with a grounding in the development of the Western Theatre and approaches to studying and analysing theatre movements and events in their specific cultural contexts. It includes a survey of Western Theatre practice from Ancient Greece to the present day, and an introduction to key concepts in the development of theatre.

Students will examine the progress of theatre history and the effects of key European influences on the development of theatre and drama in the UK. They will continue to conduct background research and will be pushed to think laterally, by exploring theatre from a point of view that they may not have previously encountered. They will be challenged to question their preconceptions about forms of theatre, and will develop an understanding of how the various elements of theatre systematically interact to communicate with an audience. Throughout the unit students will be developing critical, analytical and reflective abilities, both in oral and written communication.

Module aims

No information available.

Module learning outcomes

An understanding of:
1. The historical and cultural importance of theatre in society
2. The economic, political, cultural and social interconnections and interconnectedness of theatrical performance and how it reflects human thought, imagination and development
3. The elements of theatre and how they engage the audience
4. Systems of academic referencing
5. How elements of theatre such as design, acting, direction, text, space, audience etc work as part of a theatrical system.

A developing ability to:
1. Discriminate between genres, style, content, cultural and social importance and relevance of a variety of theatrical performance contexts
2. Carry out academic research
3. Work individually or as part of a small group
4. Critically analyse the performance of different theatrical elements
5. Communicate relevant information in written and oral forms of delivery

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

Lectures and seminars for 2-4 hours a week across three terms.


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   Research Essay    30% 
Coursework   Portfolio of Theatre Reviews    50% 
Practical   Seminar Presentation    20% 

Additional coursework information

This module will be assessed through two written assignments and a creative presentation. Written Assignment 1: Research Essay. Given questions will ask for analysis of one play, performance, genre or practitioner in relation to its original historical/cultural context, 1500 words, 30% (Term 2) Written Assignment 2: (3000-4000 words) Portfolio of Theatre Reviews (Term 3) 45% Creative presentation: (approx 5 minute film or 10minute live presentation). (Term 3) 25%

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

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Module supervisor and teaching staff



External examiner

Ms Rosalind Maddison
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
Head of Production
Available via Moodle
No lecture recording information available for this module.


Further information
East 15 Acting School

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