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2021/22 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

PECI1703 Performance Project 1: From Text to Performance

20 creditsClass Size: 110

Module manager: Dr George Rodosthenous

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module provides an opportunity for a realised ‘public’ performance that emerges from staff-led research interest. Students will be allocated to groups to pursue a devising and production process corresponding to the tutor’s brief. Although the emphasis for each group will be different (e.g. working from an existing play text, adaptation, deconstruction, writing own performance text from given stimulus) the module will introduce students to the larger processes necessary for creating work for a public audience and will provide a model of working methods and processes for performance work which will underpin creative work at levels 2 and 3 and beyond.


The module aims to introduce students to:

• Contemporary performance and production practices;
• Creative collaboration (e.g. between performers, designers, technicians, managers) ;
• Discipline-specific research;
• Creative problem solving skills.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students should be able to:
1. Realise a performance for a public audience in response to a creative brief and within the given parameters of time, space and budget defined for the project;
2. Collaborate with others to create performance work from a specified brief, undertaking at least one production role defined for the project, from a list that may include; performer, writer, dramaturg, manager, designer, etc. and coordinate their contribution in response to instruction from project leaders and guidance from technical staff;
3. Draw on the theories and practices of key practitioners to reflect on their own work and that of others;
4. Explore a range of creative solutions using a variety of materials, methods and processes;
5. Demonstrate an understanding of key concepts in contemporary theatre and performance practice including an appreciation of how scenographic, production and event management processes and techniques contribute to the realisation of creative work;
6. Work safely and responsibly with the given resources for the project, including rehearsal spaces, performance venues, equipment.


An introductory lecture outlines the overall brief and establishes key precepts for the module and production process. A combination of weekly tutor-led sessions and structured self-directed sessions allows for a focus on a specific area of practice identified by the supervising tutor. The teaching will be research-led and will involve a brief that requires a specific way of responding to a particular text and will draw upon a clearly defined area of performance practice and research context. Student groups will be expected to develop performance ideas from this brief under the supervision and direction of the tutor and to develop and share ideas and to reflect upon the performance-making process through a group blog. The work will be planned, staged and performed to a public audience allowing each student group an understanding of key performance practices and production processes.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Group learning143.0042.00
Independent online learning hours30.00
Private study hours42.00
Total Contact hours128.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

44 hours reading, preparation for sessions, (e.g. scriptwriting, research, sourcing materials, etc.) reflective writing & preparation for group discussion
30 hours preparation for and contribution to online documentation/blog

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Participation in and contribution to weekly practical sessions.
Monitoring of weekly tasks and exercises – response to self-directed tasks
Monitoring contributions to online blog/vlog
Formative practical assessment with verbal feedback.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
PracticalGroup Performance Presentation supported by structured post performance discussion and contribution to group blog (including reflective writing).100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Alternative assessment is set according to individual circumstances an approved via Exams Tutor and Pro Dean SE.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 29/09/2021


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