Writing for Theatre (Q3026)

30 credits, Level 5

Spring teaching

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.


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 58 hours of contact time and about 242 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 COVID-19, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. 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: