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Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies
Colchester Campus
Undergraduate: Level 4
Thursday 03 October 2024
Friday 13 December 2024
28 March 2022


Requisites for this module



Key module for

MLITQ394 Drama and Scriptwriting

Module description

This module introduces students to the processes involved in using devising methodologies to evolve different kinds of performance texts. The module will form the foundations for understanding how plays work three-dimensionally (the journey from page to stage) and expand the boundaries of what resources theatre-makers might draw upon as a trigger to originate live performance.

Module aims

The aims of the module are:

1. To develop a knowledge of a range of creative and critical methods and approaches to contemporary performance-making.
2. To cultivate an ability to engage critically and develop work creatively in a range of theatre and performance modes and forms.
3. To gain understanding of the relationships between process and product in performance work.
4. To gain detailed understanding of one or more areas of contemporary theatre practice.
5. To develop organisational, improvisational, workshop and group skills.

Module learning outcomes

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

1. an ability to appreciate, engage critically, and develop work creatively, in a variety of theatre and performance modes, forms, and genres.
2. an understanding of processes by which performances are created.
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 project management.

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

Through practical workshops students will have the opportunity to test a variety of devising and rehearsal methods used by actors, directors, companies and performing artists.


  • Josephine Machon. (2013) Immersive theatres: intimacy and immediacy in contemporary performance, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Govan, Emma; Nicholson, Helen; Normington, Katie. (2007) Making a performance: devising histories and contemporary practices, London: Routledge.
  • Murakami, Haruki. (2003) The elephant vanishes, London: Vintage.
  • Steve Dixon. (2015) Digital Performance, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
  • (2017) Reframing immersive theatre: the politics and pragmatics of participatory performance, London: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Harvie, Jen; Lavender, Andy. (2010) Making Contemporary Theatre, Manchester: Manchester University Press.
  • (©2012) Performing site-specific theatre: politics, place, practice, Basingstoke: Palgrve Macmillan.
  • Pearson, Mike. (2010) Site-Specific Performance: Macmillan Education UK.
  • Ainslie, Sarah; Warren-Fisher, Russell; Complicite (Theatre company). (c2010) Complicite: rehearsal notes ; a visual essay of the unique working methods of the company, London: Complicite.

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 Coursework weighting

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
Dr Liam Jarvis, email:
Dr Liam Jarvis
LiFTS General Office - email Telephone 01206 872626



External examiner

Dr Christina Papagiannouli
University of South Wales
Research Fellow
Available via Moodle
Of 40 hours, 40 (100%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


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