TP6007 - Advanced Applied Practice

What will I learn on this module?

In this module you will engage in a research rich exploration of the future of applied theatre and performance practices. In response to a provocation provided by staff, the overall focus will be preparing you to pitch how theatre and performance can be applied in the interests of social transformation with widely different intentions. The precise focus and thematic direction of this exploration will be devised in line with staff expertise and interests. The goal is to be critically reflective on the role of applied theatre and performance and consider the ethical challenges and nuances implicit in many of these culturally diverse contexts. This can include the role of applied theatre techniques for educational outcomes, reduction of behaviours deemed challenging, or improvements in health, along with a focus on ‘affects’ such as intangible feelings and impulses.

How will I learn on this module?

This module is taught via seminars and practical workshops. Activities may include networking support, shadowing current practitioners and development staff, approaches to funding proposals, managing audience feedback and leading workshops with set learning outcomes for a group. The workshops are an opportunity to test our ideas as well as get hands-on experiences with methodologies, techniques, and approaches to making applied-orientated performance practices.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

You will receive informal feedback via the tutor and peers during the task-orientated workshops and seminar discussions. The workshops are designed to allow you to explore theoretical ideas in practice.

Information and resources will be available to you on Blackboard and the 'Reading List' contains links to websites and online video material which can help you develop appropriate knowledge and understanding.

Written assessment feedback will be provided within 20 working days of summative assignment submission. Access to library facilities is available 24-7 all year round.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at:
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team –

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
? Articulate and/or realise a persuasive project proposal addressing a client or interest group that investigates a particular theoretical or conceptual concern of applied performance practice

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
• Evidence an ability to interrogate complex ideas through a selected practice

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
? Become critically reflective about the ethical challenges and nuances implicit in cultural difference

How will I be assessed?

Students will share their argument in response to the set provocation as an oral presentation. Staff and peers will offer feedback in class.

Practice Research project (100%) comprising:
• A demonstration of practice (c. 5 – 10 minutes, as appropriate to form of practice and in discussion with tutor);
• A 1000-words (or equivalent) statement contextualising the practice research demonstration.

In response to a staff provocation or live brief, you will work in small groups to develop, rehearse and realise a practical response (such as performance, workshop, installation or another agreed other format) that investigates the intersection of practice and theory.

The format of the practical demonstration will be agreed in discussion with the module convenor. The 1000 word (or equivalent) research statement will outline the critical and creative references that have informed the project, and how they have done so





Module abstract

This module gives you an opportunity to pursue independent research into your chosen area of applied theatre practice, such as running theatre projects in schools or health care settings or with those seeking asylum. You will be supported by expert academic staff to achieve your goal, to consider the future of applied performance and, if you wish, to collaborate with one of our many regional partners, such as Recoco Recovery College or Disability North. The goal is to be critically reflective on the role of applied performance and to consider the ethical challenges and nuances implicit in many of these diverse contexts. We encourage you to reflect on the sheer diversity of applications that theatre can have effect on: for example, as a way of increasing the quality of educational outcomes or reducing behaviours deemed challenging, as well as the more intangible ‘affects’ performance can have on feelings and impulses.

Course info

UCAS Code W405

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Arts

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2024

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Full time Courses starting in 2023 are primarily delivered via on-campus face to face learning but may include elements of online learning. We continue to monitor government and local authority guidance in relation to Covid-19 and we are ready and able to flex accordingly to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff.

Contact time is subject to increase or decrease in line with additional restrictions imposed by the government or the University in the interest of maintaining the health and safety and wellbeing of students, staff, and visitors, potentially to a full online offer, should further restrictions be deemed necessary in future. Our online activity will be delivered through Blackboard Ultra, enabling collaboration, connection and engagement with materials and people.


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