Performing Practices (Q3284)

30 credits, Level 5

Spring teaching

This module considers a range of approaches and tools for the embodied act of performing, focusing on 20th century European and US practices. Combining theoretical perspectives with intensive studio practice, we will examine lineages and expanded approaches to ideas of acting/not acting, the presence of the performer, ensemble and solo training, forms of ‘character’ and performing the self.

Central to this is developing a reflective critical practice as a performer. We will interrogate the ways that practices emerge from cultural, historical and political contexts and how contemporary embodied performance responds to recent scientific and technological advances.


76%: Practical (Workshop)
24%: Seminar


100%: Coursework (Essay, Practical assessment, Report)

Contact hours and workload

This module is 300 hours of work. This breaks down into 50 hours of contact time and 250 hours of independent study.

This module is running in the academic year 2019/20. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.