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Unit information: Production Skills for Performance 2 in 2015/16

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Unit name Production Skills for Performance 2
Unit code DRAM10026
Credit points 10
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1B (weeks 7 - 12)
Unit director Mr. Rod Terry
Open unit status Not open

DRAM10028 Production Skills for Performance 1



School/department Department of Theatre
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Description including Unit Aims

This unit will extend the range of skills and depth of students’ understanding of production practices, in preparation for Producing the Performance and practical projects in the second and final years. Building on Production Skills for Performance 1, hands-on workshops will enable students to gain additional skills and develop their knowledge of a particular aspect of theatre production, chosen from; scenography, lighting, costume, sound design, or stage management. A combination of directed exercises and independent work in small groups will be supported by production tutors/teaching fellows. Students will look at the work of influential practitioners to investigate their methods and approaches, and work to create a presentation, which will have a strong focus on production and design. These could take a range of forms, for instance: performerless son et lumière, installations, or short stagings inspired by extracts of plays.

Intended Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit students will:

(1) have practical understanding of the different inter-related production and design processes that are involved in making live performance;

(2) have a more specialised understanding and detailed level of practical skill in a chosen production/design area;

(3) be able to apply the above skills to a practical assignment and reflect critically upon it;

(4) be able to document production processes and their application, and to contextualise their design work historically or in relation to contemporary practitioners;

(5) have a thorough understanding of safe-working practices and be able to take initiative in this.

Teaching Information

5 x 3-hour practical workshops + intensive production period; production workshops and design meetings. Workshops will consist of a combination of information-giving presentations or demonstrations, hands-on learning of skills + practical exercises for individuals and small groups.

Assessment Information

Group practical production presentation, for a group mark (50%) ILO 1-3, 5

Individual Workfile (50%) ILO 3-4.

Summative assessment will be by completion of a practical presentation and the workfile. This workfile will be added to in an ongoing way and will include formative exercises, documentation and critical reflection on process

Reading and References

Pallin, G. (2010) Stage Management: The Essential Handbook, London: Nick Hern Books.

Howard, P. (2009) What is Scenography? 2nd ed. London: Routledge.

Bicat, T. (2001) Making Stage Costumes, Marlborough: The Crowood Press.

Fraser, Neil . (1999) Stage Lighting Design: a practical guide, Marlborough: The Crowood Press.

Brown, R. (2010) Sound: A Reader in Theatre Practice, Basingstoke: Palgrave.

Kaye, D & LeBrecht, J (2009) Sound and Music for the Theatre: The Art and Technique of Design, Abingdon: Focal Press.