Department of Drama UG Module Directory (2023)


Performing the Play

Level 5 (30 credits)

In this module you will be introduced to a variety of strategies for approaching a selected play text through performance. The module will include a study of the theatrical and non-theatrical documents relating to the play, the playwright and the cultural context in which the play was produced. Where appropriate, you may study other representations of the play and the playwright in theatre, cinema, radio and television, for example. Towards the end of the module you will develop a performance project based on the play.

Preparing for this Module and Approximate Costs

If you are required to prepare anything for the first class, Michael will notify the class in advance.

Although a limited number of copies will be made available via the QMplus module are or the Library (as appropriate) we will be working with core scripts for extended periods during the semester.  Students may wish to purchase their own personal copies of these (e.g. 1-2 scripts at ca. £10-15 each).  There may be some modest copying or printing costs.  

Why take Performing the Play?
  • You'll have the opportunity to rehearse, research, and perform a play
  • You'll explore, in depth, different ways of interpreting and staging a script
  • You'll examine the context in which a play was originally created and explore strategies for performing it today
Learning Context Practice-based
Semester Two
  1. Portfolio (2400 words), 40%
  2. Group Performance Project (15-20 min), 60%
Mode of reassessment Standard
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