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Unit information: Producing the Performance in 2015/16

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Unit name Producing the Performance
Unit code DRAM10027
Credit points 20
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
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 builds on the skills introduced on Production Skills 1 and 2, enabling students to apply their design knowledge and technical skills to making a full-scale theatre production. Through close supervision, Producing the Performance will enable them to take the play studied in Staging the Text through to public performance. Students will develop their expertise by specialising in a production area, choosing a particular role in the process, for instance - costume, lighting, sound or stage design, stage management or marketing. The unit will explore examples of plays in production, exemplary designers and practitioners, and will develop students’ abilities to reflect critically and pragmatically on their creative practices.

Intended Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will have

(1) produced a performance that effectively applies the creative and technical processes involved in making live theatre;

(2) developed their ability to collaborate as part of a production team, to contribute productively to group decision-making, listen to others’ proposals and effectively put design ideas into practice;

(3) a close understanding of a production role, having developed their technical and design skills through a practical theatre project;

(4) developed their ability to reflect critically on their staging and production processes, and to contextualize and evaluate their design decisions.

Teaching Information

1 x 3hr production workshop each week in theatre or design studio.

Production workshops will initially be taught, but will become more self-directed and responsive as students progress through the unit. The unit ends with a two-week intensive production period, in conjunction with Staging the Text, which concludes with a public performance of the play studied. Production tutors will deliver skills tailored to the needs of each group’s interpretation of an act or scene, their chosen approach and aesthetic. Later in the unit they will offer tutorial support and critical feedback to those working in their production area.

Assessment Information

Practical production work (50%) ILO 1-3

Critical Analysis of production and process, 2000 words (50%) ILO 4

Producing the Performance is assessed summatively, through the production work students achieve, as seen in the finished theatre production and their critical reflection on this staging. Both assessments are for an individual mark.

Reading and References

Aronson, Arnold (2005). Looking Into the Abyss: Essays on Scenography, University of Michigan Press.

Cody, Gabrielle H. and Schneider, Rebecca (2002) Re:direction: A Theoretical and Practical Guide, London: Routledge.

Cole, Susan Letzler (1992) Directors in Rehearsal: a Hidden World, New York: Routledge.

Collins, J. & Nisbet, A. (2010) Theatre and Performance Design: a reader in scenography, Routledge.

Hannah, Dorita and Harsløf, Olav, eds. (2008) Performance Design, Copenhagen: Museum Tusculanum Press.

Oddey, A. and White, C. eds. (2006) The Potentials of Spaces: The Theory and Practice of Scenography and Performance. Bristol: Intellect.