Department of Drama UG Module Directory (2022)


Performing Personae

Level 5 (30 credits)

Performing Personae explores a wide spectrum of performing/acting, from the performance of self to the performance of various types of other. It includes investigations into and the creation of personae, alter egos, characters (already existing and newly made), avatars, impersonations, disguises, archetypes, faux celebrities, monikers, for example. We will also look at phenomenas of channelling, possession and mediumship (i.e. being taken over by another). The central questions guiding our investigations are: Who are you when you are performing? and Who are you when you are on stage or in front of an audience? We will work with technical aspects of presence, points of concentration and psychological gesture in order to find practical mechanisms for performing along the identity spectrum.

Preparing for this Module and Approximate Costs

There is no advance preparation for this module.

No additional costs are anticipated for this module.

Why take Performing Personae?

  • If you’re interested in exploring expanded notions of persona, character, identity, inhabiting, being-other, alter ego, performance of the self, acting vs being and on-stage presences, then this is the module for you.
  • In amongst the wig wearing, dressing up and full on transformations, you will develop your own Personae Research project.
  •  We end with a Personae Event in which all of the ‘others’ that have been created over the course of the module are invited to co-exist in a liminal event space for 90 minutes.

Learning Context Practice-based
Semester 2

  1. Portfolio (2700 words), 45%
  2. Performance Project (15 min), 55%

Mode of reassessment Standard
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