Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Applied Performance 2: Community Project

LEVEL 03 - Years 2, 3, 4 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Theatre Studies

DESCRIPTION This study-unit builds on THS2106 by presenting students with a deeper understanding of the social and educational application of theatre processes. It presents case-studies that will allow students to engage with the specific considerations of diverse social and educational contexts. It will enable students to apply their own understanding and practical skills within a community or educational context.

It will ensure that students have the skills with which to reflect on and apply ethical safeguards to their work, as well as carry out health and safety risk assessments. The study-unit will involve three parts that include (1) lectures within which students will engage with and reflect on theoretical contexts and case-studies; (2) practical class-based workshops to enhance and assess their skills in creative workshop facilitation; and (3) fieldwork sessions to develop and implement a project within a community setting. The fieldwork sessions will be selected, organised, and supervised by the lecturer.

Study-unit Aims:

This study-unit aims to:
- Enhance students' understanding and application of performance processes within a community setting;
- Enable students to make dynamic application links between theory and practice;
- Equip students with skills to develop and manage creative workshops;
- Equip students with skills to safeguard ethical and health and safety risks.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Critically engage with performance processes in a community setting;
- Understand and reflect on theory relating to applied performance;
- Reflect on and understand interpersonal relationships;
- Learn and develop a variety of creative and devising techniques;
- Comprehend and reflect on ethical safeguards and health and safety risks when working in an educational or community setting.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Reflect on and critically appraise their own practice;
- Develop and manage creative workshops within a community or educational setting;
- Pursue independent research;
- Work independently and with others collaboratively;
- Identify ethical issues and implement safe guards.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Note: All essential reading material will be provided for students. The titles below are indicative for further study and specialisation, depending on the project undertaken, which may vary from year to year.

Main Texts:

- A, Jackson and C. Vine, Learning Through Theatre: The Changing Face of Theatre in Education 3rd Ed (Oxon: Routledge: 2013).
- H. Nicholson, Applied Drama (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005).
- S. Pitruzzella, Introduction to Dramatherapy: Person and Threshold (Hove: Brunner-Routledge, 2004).
- T. Prentki and S. Preston eds, The Applied Theatre Reader (London: Routledge, 2009).
- Research in Drama and Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance.
- E. Tselikas, Social Theatre: An Exercise in Trusting the Art, in Dramatherapy and Social Theatre: Necessary Dialogues, ed. by S. Jennings (London: Routledge, 2009) pp. 15-26.

Supplementary Readings:

- A. Boal, The Rainbow of Desire, (London: Routledge, 1999).
- A. Boal, Legislative Theatre: Using Performance to Make Politics, (London: Routledge, 1998).
- S. Jennings,Creative Drama in Groupwork (Oxon; Winslow Press, 1986).
- C. Johnston, House of Games: Making Theatre from Everyday Life (London: Nick Hern Books, 2005).
- K. Johnstone, Impro: Improvisation and the Theatre (London: Methuen Drama, 1981).
- P. Jones, Drama as Therapy: Theatre as Living (Hove: Brunner-Routledge).
- P. Kuppers, Community Performance, An Introduction (London: Routledge, 2007).
- J. Palmer and R. Hayhow, Learning Disability and Contemporary Theatre (Huddersfield: Full Body and the Voice, 2008). (Extracts will be made available to students)


STUDY-UNIT TYPE Fieldwork, Lectures and Practicum

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Essay SEM2 Yes 50%
Fieldwork SEM2 No 50%

LECTURER/S Tyrone Grima

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