Approaching Drama, Theatre and Performance (Q3278F)

15 credits, Level 3 (sub-degree)

Spring teaching

The module introduces you to drama, theatre and performance and how these forms converge and contrast. We consider the ways in which watching live performance shapes how we think of ourselves, of others, and of the world. How does an audience experience a performance? In what ways do theatre and performance makers push at the boundaries of the art form? Starting with the underpinning relationship between actor, audience and space we look at how forms of performance have shifted the experience of ‘audiencing’.

We consider a range of plays and performances, from the classic and contemporary to the experimental, looking at the work of practitioners who have developed these art forms. Besides encountering diverse forms of dramatic practice you will also be introduced to a range of critical, contextual and theoretical approaches that will help prepare you for degree-level study in the humanities. You will be taught through lectures, screenings and seminar/workshops and will be expected to participate actively to explore the relationship between theory and practice. In your assessments we expect you to demonstrate engagement with a range of appropriate critical practices and frameworks, from medium-specific analysis to cultural or ideological critique.

Teaching and assessment

We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 33 hours of contact time and about 117 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2021/22. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, we are constantly looking to improve and enhance our courses. There may be changes to modules in response to student demand or feedback, changes to staff expertise or updates to our curriculum. We may also need to make changes in response to COVID-19. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: