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Unit information: Introduction to Performance Practices in 2021/22

Unit name Introduction to Performance Practices
Unit code THTR10011
Credit points 20
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Mr. Peasey
Open unit status Not open



Introduction to Design for Performance

School/department Department of Theatre
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Description including Unit Aims

Working in small groups, students will be introduced to a range of performance practices and approaches necessary for creative, critical, effective and safe participation in practical units in the Department’s theatre spaces and elsewhere. These will include a critical and creative introduction to key performance elements, such as voice, body, text and space. Students will be introduced to a range of approaches to making performances in a number of workshops, which will also introduce them to key theatre practitioners. Students will receive both peer and tutor feedback on which they can reflect to develop their own practice throughout the Teaching Block. All of these elements will be developed in the Performance Project in the second teaching block.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Successful students will be able to:

1) demonstrate awareness of safe, healthy, respectful and responsible working practices in the theatre;

2) demonstrate an understanding of key approaches to performance practice;

3) demonstrate an understanding of key performance skills;

4) demonstrate an understanding of effective collaborative working;

5) evaluate and reflect upon their own strengths and weaknesses, with a view to developing these in subsequent units

Teaching Information

9 x 3 hour workshops

9 x 3 hour unsupervised rehearsal

Group assessed workshop

Assessment Information

Critical reflection (20%)

Planning and delivery of group workshop (20%)

Workfile, kept throughout the unit, and summarised in 1000 word piece of reflective writing (60%)


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How much time the unit requires
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