Department of Drama UG Module Directory (2022)


Making Contemporary Theatre

Level 5 (30 credits)

This module examines processes, techniques and modes of expression used by contemporary theatre-makers to create a variety of forms. We examine how the performance-making processes of significant practitioners function analytically, creatively, and practically. We consider how practitioners strategically deploy methodologies, conventions and techniques to produce particular outcomes. We consider how process is informed by content, genre, mode of representation, theatrical convention, and ideological and cultural context. We learn methods of workshopping and performing that can create stimulating and engaging theatre. Theatre makers examined change from year to year; please contact the convenor for further details.

Preparing for this Module and Approximate Costs

There is no compulsory advance preparation for this module, though you may wish to begin identifying examples of contemporary performance that you connect with.

Please make sure you have a notebook that you will have access to in class.

Performance tickets and/or research costs of maximum £45

Why take Making Contemporary Theatre?

1/ Through the first half of  Module you will immerse yourself in a range of methods that can create stimulating and engaging contemporary  theatre. We will do this through a series of practical and critical encounters with a selection of theatre companies and performance makers who have complex relationships with theatre.

2/ You will gain insights into different approaches to practice-based research, using performance tasks, experimentation, and play as a mode of discovery and knowledge-building.

3/ In the second half of the module you will work in groups to develop your own relationship with the  techniques and methods explored, and develop performances that demonstrate that relationship.

Learning Context Practice-based
Semester 1
  1. Group Performance Project (15 - 20 minutes), 60%
  2. Essay (2400 words), 40%
Mode of reassessment Standard
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