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2021/22 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

PECI2703 Performance Project 2: Collaborative Project

20 creditsClass Size: 70

Module manager: Dr Aylwyn Walsh

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This externally-facing module combines practice and theory to explore modes of performance, partnership engagement, and audience development and interaction. Encompassing a variety of performance methodologies and offering the opportunity to work with one or more of several high-profile organizations, the module produces student-led work in collaboration with professional partners in a numerous contexts. Students may, for example, work in partnership with the Prisons and Probation Service, or a museum or art gallery; or, alternatively, they may opt to collaborate with the educational wing of an organization such as Opera North, whose arts engagement with local primary school children is extensive. Delivery features a dynamic mixture of lectures, workshops and tutorials, as well as studio-based self-directed study time and private reading. Assessment is a 100% practice/performative element (which may, for example, take the form of a theatrical performance, an educational workshop or an installation which includes a small group meeting reflecting on aspects of the collaborative process).


On completion of this module, students should be able to ...

Explore and develop a range of approaches to devising work within a group collaborative process for a specific applied context
Create work for a specific audience in negotiation with an external agency and a client brief
Apply creative and organisational skills in a new context
Understand the context(s) and potential impact ( relation to wider socio-economic and political contexts) for applied performance in relation to the specified externally-facing work

Learning outcomes
1.demonstrate an understanding of the processes by which collaborative work is created and realised for specific contexts, with reference to relevant practitioners;
2. develop creative and collaborative applied performance processes in a defined context;
3. understand the context for specific work within applied performance and negotiate a brief to meet the needs of particular audiences, clients, and/or partner organisations;
4. relate conceptual ideas to practical work;
5. realise applied performance work to an appropriate level to meet the needs of specific client groups;
6. evaluate the outcome in the light of stated intentions;

Skills outcomes
Negotiating a collaborative project brief that responds to site, community or ‘issue’;
Developing ‘applied’ theatre skills with a focus on managing partnerships and participation;
Modes and techniques of presentational reflection and documentation;
Subject-specific research (sector-specific: site-based/ museums & galleries/ schools/ institutions);
Performance skills, devising and creative problem-solving;
Cultural and sector awareness and criticality.


The module builds on the collaborative practices developed at level 1 to develop a performance or workshop outcome for a specific context. Students will bring their specialist skills to a collaborative performance project which will emerge through a negotiated brief and specific timescale.
Students will investigate the needs of specific audiences and will undertake research towards a negotiated brief. Students will define and develop appropriate skills through a collaborative performance process culminating in a specific performance event. This might take the form of a community performance and / or workshop activity for the client or partner organisation.
Students will develop evaluation methodologies in order which evidences the project to which they are attached and evaluates the project's effectiveness in relation to its stated aims. A key part of their reflection in this respect will be an appreciation of the socio-economic, cultural and political contexts in which the various organisations function. This will take the form of small group meeting after the performance.
Under the supervision of tutors, small groups of students will work to develop and realise a performance through integrating the skills of individuals within the team. Whether scripted or devised, the process of collaboration and negotiation between individuals is integral to all stages of the development process, and the work should reflect this. The module will culminate in an assessed performance in a specified venue.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Class tests, exams and assessment13.003.00
Group learning113.0033.00
Private study hours128.00
Total Contact hours72.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

56 hrs Research and preparation for devising sessions
6 hrs Meeting with partner organisation
50 hrs Project planning and preparation/rehearsal for final performance(s)
10 hrs Delivery of project
6 hrs Researching/evaluating project.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

• Seminar
• Monitoring of individual and group devising process
• Feedback on self-directed practical sessions
• Student self-analysis via Forum
• Monitoring in conjunction with partnership organisation

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
PracticalProduction role and contribution to performance100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Alternative assessment will take the form of a Lecture Presentation (where possible) or submission of presentation slides with commentary that addresses all of the Learning Outcomes.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 18/09/2021


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