Theatre Production and Technology

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The details
Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies
Colchester Campus
Undergraduate: Level 4
Monday 13 January 2025
Friday 21 March 2025
09 May 2023


Requisites for this module



Key module for

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 module is a practical introduction to the technical aspects of theatre including basic sound and lighting techniques, and stage management.

The approach is practical and is designed to equip students to be able to use the sound and lighting equipment in the Lakeside Theatre and Studio.

This module will enable students to design and programme lights; to create a basic sound design, and to stage manage a show.

Module aims

The aims of this module are:

  • To give students a broad, basic introduction to the technical theatre arts. 

  • To enable students to utilise this field with confidence and safe working practice.

  • To speak the language of theatre, enabling better communication of their creative theatre work.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of the module students, students will be expected to be able to:

  1. Have a better understanding of the wide range of elements needed to put on a theatre production.

  2. To be familiar with the Lakeside Theatre production and technical facilities on offer to students to utilise throughout their drama education at Essex.

  3. Describe and apply basic principles of stage craft and theatre production, using appropriate technical and professional vocabulary

  4. The students will be able to apply the skills learnt to enhance and illuminate their practical work throughout their degree and beyond.

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

Anticipated teaching delivery: Weekly 3-hour seminar in the Lakeside Theatre.


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



External examiner

Dr Christina Papagiannouli
University of South Wales
Research Fellow
Available via Moodle
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1610 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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