English and drama

Writing for Theatre

Module code: Q3026
Level 5
30 credits in spring teaching
Teaching method: Workshop, Seminar
Assessment modes: Coursework

In this module, you focus on writing for theatre from critical, creative and performative perspectives.

You explore the work of contemporary playwrights, practitioners and performance companies from a number of critical and practical perspectives, through texts, AV material and interaction with practitioners in the field.

You examine the process and techniques by which writing is generated for theatre, through critical analysis via close readings, workshop experimentation (writing exercises and guided practical workshop activities) and creative writing developed on the page and via performance.

You think critically about the creative process, and apply those skills to your own writing for performance.

You use a range of methods to generate your own performative writing, which you then workshop and present in a final rehearsed reading/performance context.

Module learning outcomes

  • Reflect on the different techniques that contemporary playwrights, practitioners and companies use in generating writing for performance.
  • Analyse critically the different structural, thematic and performative elements of writing for theatre.
  • Apply critically-informed techniques, in both theory and practice for generating text for performance in the production of one's own writing for theatre.