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Unit information: Production and Design for Performance in 2018/19

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Unit name Production and Design for Performance
Unit code THTR10002
Credit points 20
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Mr. Rod Terry
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of Theatre
Faculty Faculty of Arts


Through a mixture of presentations, demonstrations, hands-on workshops and group exercises, students will be introduced to a range of production skills and processes necessary for creative, effective and safe participation in practical units in the Department’s theatre spaces and elsewhere. The unit will introduce students to one or more of: stage management, costume design, lighting design, set design, sound design. Workshops will teach a selection of technical and design skills, which students will then apply to a small-group production assignment: for instance, designing, producing, stage-managing and cueing a short extract from a play. Within their groups, students will have the opportunity to choose and focus in more depth on a production area that interests them.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this unit students will

(1) be able to implement safe-working practices in the theatre;

(2) be able to demonstrate understanding of key practical skills and design processes in one or more theatre production areas;

(3) be able to apply these technical skills and approaches to stage design practically;

(4) be able to evaluate and reflect upon their own strengths and weaknesses in key production areas, with a view to developing these in subsequent units

Teaching details

10 x 3-hour practical workshops + intensive production period and supervised production and design meetings leading up to group presentations. Workshops in the theatres and design studios will consist of a combination of information-giving presentations or demonstrations, hands-on skills training and practical exercises for individuals and small groups.

Assessment Details

Group Production Presentation (50%) ILO 1-3

Workfile, kept over the course of the unit (50%) ILO 1 & 4

The individual workfile documents participation in taught production workshops, the student’s production role in the group production presentation, and 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.

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.