Introduction to Performance Theory (Q3256)

15 credits, Level 4

Autumn teaching

This module introduces key concepts and theories of drama, theatre and performance. It explores fundamental debates about what drama, theatre and performance are, what their cultural and social value is, and how they link to politics and communities. Key skills you’ll gain include:

  • essay writing
  • critical analysis
  • academic composition
  • developing scholarship.


100%: Seminar


100%: Coursework (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 22 hours of contact time and about 128 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2023/24. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: