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2021/22 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

PECI5601M Applied Theatre Practices

30 creditsClass Size: 18

Module manager: Dr Dani Abulhawa

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

Pre-requisite qualifications



PECI5102MResearch Project
PECI5602MCritical Concepts in Applied Theatre and Intervention
PECI5603MResearch Pers (Ap The & Inter)

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

The module explores a range of practice based workshop techniques and practices and will introduce students to a range of established practitioners working in the field of Applied Theatre. The module enables students to develop their practical skills and reflect on their development as facilitators of Applied Theatre in a community setting.


On completion of the Module students will be able:

• To explore and critique a range of applied theatre workshop techniques within a studio setting.
• To develop skills as effective facilitators of applied theatre practice and apply these skills in (a) professional setting/s, with briefs defined by project partners.
• To design, lead and evaluate a series of applied theatre workshops with an appreciation of the relationship between form, content and context (group facilitation).

Learning outcomes
1. Students will explore a range of different workshop techniques and methods used by professional practitioners of applied theatre.
2. Students will be able to investigate practically the form, content and methods of these principles within a studio context.
3. Students will critique each other’s work and offer peer-to-peer support. Students will be required to identify, select and plan appropriate material for a series of applied theatre workshops.
4. They will develop their understanding of workshop facilitation by delivering workshops in an appropriate professional setting.
5. They will develop their capacity for reflection-in-action as well as post-practice evaluation.

Skills outcomes
Facilitation skills, pedagogies, participatory groupwork, reflexive practice.


The module will begin with a series of tutor-led practical workshops where applied theatre methodologies will be explored, critiqued and evaluated. Students will be introduced to the work of key practitioners such as Boal, Rohd, Kuppers, Chris Johnston, etc. Students will have the opportunity to develop their own facilitation skills in a supported environment before beginning to plan their own series of applied theatre workshops that are to be delivered in a professional/ community based setting. Plans will be negotiated and agreed by a supervising tutor. The process and outcome will be evaluated through a written assignment (in the form of a portfolio).

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Group learning162.0032.00
Private study hours223.50
Total Contact hours76.50
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Private study

Private study in this module includes undertaking the readings assigned, engaging with practices both documented and in the field. The preparation element of the module relies on full engagement and participation, including the completion of tasks assigned in advance.

Students need to organise and participate in fieldwork observations/ placements with external practices during private study time.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Formative feedback forms a large part of the class structure, including whole group reflections, peer feedback and self assessment. The tutorials are used to engage with students’ self reflections.
1: week 12 Sem 1 – short 500 word reflection on practices
2. one to one discussion in sem 2.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Portfolio4,000 word equivalent100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 28/07/2021


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