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.

How does an audience experience a performance? In what ways do theatre and performance makers push at the boundaries of the art form? You will consider the ways in which watching live performance shapes how we think of ourselves, others and the world. 

You will look at how forms of performance have shifted the experience of ‘audiencing’, starting with the underpinning relationship between actor, audience and space.

You will explore 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. As well as encountering diverse forms of dramatic practice, you will also be introduced to a range of critical, contextual and theoretical approaches. This will help prepare you for degree-level study in the humanities.


100%: Practical (Workshop)


100%: Coursework (Essay, Presentation)

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.

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 2024/25. 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: