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Unit information: Introduction to Performance Practices in 2020/21

Unit name Introduction to Performance Practices
Unit code THTR10009
Credit points 20
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Dr. Wozniak
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of Theatre
Faculty Faculty of Arts


Working in small groups, students will be introduced to a range of performance practices necessary for creative, effective and safe participation in practical units in the Department’s theatre spaces and elsewhere. These will include devising, performing, directing, stage management, costume design, lighting design, set design and sound design. Students will be introduced to a range of approaches to making performances in a number of workshops which will introduce them to key theatre practitioners. Students will also be introduced to a range of production and design skills and processes. All of these elements will be developed in the units in the second teaching block: Staging the Text and Producing the Performance. Students will receive both peer and tutor feedback on which they can reflect to develop their own practice throughout the Teaching Block.

Intended learning outcomes

Successful students will be able to:

1) implement safe-working practices in the theatre;

2) demonstrate an understanding of key theatre practitioners;

3) demonstrate an understanding of key practical skills and design processes in one or more theatre production areas;

4) demonstrate an understanding of effective collaborate working;

5) evaluate and reflect upon their own strengths and weaknesses, with a view to developing these in subsequent units

Teaching details

This unit will be taught through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous workshops. Students will be introduced to the central aspects of performance practice and to processes of documentation and a reflexive approach to their practice

Assessment Details

Formative assessments - workshop plan and production plans. Summative assessment (100%) Workfile, kept over the course of the unit

The individual workfile documents participation in taught performance and production workshops, and the student's rlearning throughout the unit. It provides an opportunity for reflection on their learning and skills development. It may include workshop and production notes, designs, drawings, photographs, as well as written self-evaluation and reflection. It is assessed through a final summative piece of writing which uses the workfile as a source for evidence of learning.

Reading and References

Pallin, G. (2010) Stage Management: The Essential Handbook, London: Nick Hern Books.

Howard, P. (2009) What is Scenography? 2nd ed. London: Routledge.

Bicat, T. (2001) Making Stage Costumes, Marlborough: The Crowood Press.

Fraser, Neil . (1999) Stage Lighting Design: a practical guide, Marlborough: The Crowood Press.

Brown, R. (2010) Sound: A Reader in Theatre Practice, Basingstoke: Palgrave.

Kaye, D & LeBrecht, J (2009) Sound and Music for the Theatre: The Art and Technique of Design, Abingdon: Focal Press

Brecht, B. (1978) Brecht On Theatre, London: Methuen.

Christopher Innes and Maria Shevtsova (2013) The Cambridge Introduction to Theatre Directing, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Delgado, Maria M. and Dan Rebellato (2010) Contemporary European Theatre Directors, Abingdon: Routledge.

Hodge, Alison (2010) Actor Training, London: Routledge.

Mitchell, Katie (2008) The Director's Craft: A handbook for the theatre, London: Routledge.

Stanislavski, C. (1937, 1988) An Actor Prepares, trans. E. R. Hapgood, London: Methuen.