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 (Practical, Workshop)
24%: Seminar


100%: Coursework (Portfolio)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 50 hours of contact time and about 250 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: