PA6009 - Applied Theatre Analysis

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What will I learn on this module?

Applied Theatre Analysis is a Third Year 40 Credit module. It is year long and designed to enable you to consolidate your capacity to critically analyse your practice. During Semester One you will identify a community of interest within the applied drama field of study, engage in a collaborative process with a client organisation and embark on an initial planning phase of a drama project situated within a community context of your choice. This process will be captured within a rigorous interrogation of the literature surrounding your study which you will deliver in the form of a 3,000 word literature review at the end of the semester. The literature review will demonstrate not only your knowledge of your chosen client group and the ethical and professional considerations surrounding your work, but also your ability to write cogently on the theoretical context of your practice.
The practice of your drama project is assessed through the sister module (Applied Theatre Practice) which is completed during semester two, however your ability to reflect and evaluate that practice makes up the second assessment point of this year long module. You will be expected to further develop your skills as a reflective practitioner by thoroughly documenting your process, preparing and delivering a 30 - minute seminar centred on the project work generated in this module and Applied Theatre Practice.
You will be expected to work in small groups which will assist you in the analysis, evaluation and dissemination of your practice.

How will I learn on this module?

The pedagogical emphasis of the module is placed strongly on fostering independence in a professional setting by consolidating your artistic, intellectual and ideological abilities within the field of applied theatre. The module links closely to other modules in year three supporting you in deep learning within your chosen area of study. Practical skills are further developed through Performance in Context and the module is designed to allow the student to reflect on their ongoing process in Applied Theatre Practice. All projects must have a central element of research both through practice and appropriate theoretical study.
Theoretical underpinning is supported via Performance Research and by regular tutorials with a specialist tutor. Research methodology is delivered through several seminar sessions which look at issues of research ethics, qualitative data and ongoing evaluation. You are encouraged to engage with your specified tutor on the selection of literatures for your review, and provide a detailed plan of the document with accompanying bibliography a month before submission. The nature and extent of tutor involvement is linked to the individual project but students are encouraged to attend regular weekly appraisal sessions.
In tandem with Applied Theatre Practice, the module provides you with an opportunity to concentrate on a small group project utilising drama workshop and performance approaches in context as appropriate. It is expected that you will draw on the ensemble practices explored in your practice based module throughout the three years to support you in good group work practices.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Although the module aims to encourage independent study, it is heavily supported by small group tutorials with a designated tutor.
The detailed research you are expected to make is explored in collaboration with your tutor and peers through dissemination and debate. Initial contacts with host organisations/client groups are negotiated with tutor support and proposed workshop materials should be agreed before being delivered.
Due to the experiential and discursive nature of the learning in this module there will be plenty of opportunity to get feedback from your tutors on the progress you are making throughout the module. The module is structured around constant show back and critique, supporting you to learn and articulate new critical vocabulary.
The laboratory based work enables a high level of formative assessment from staff.
Small group tutorials will provide you with a supportive structure for peer and individual evaluation of the work in progress, as well as offering an environment for discussing how the work engages with the wider field of applied theatre.

You will be encouraged to use Office Hours to discuss with your tutors your reading and your individual development

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:

1. To synthesise your knowledge and understanding of the Applied Theatre field by exploring the theory and practices surrounding you own practice interests, and produce that knowledge in the form of a literature review

2. To disseminate your work, contextualising your experiences of your Applied Theatre Practice in the delivery of a seminar

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
3. To analyse your work in terms of its artistic, cultural and social significance;

4. To collaborate with and contribute to the cultural and social regional community

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):

5. The ability to engage in reflective practice in relation to their developing abilities as an applied theatre practitioner

How will I be assessed?

Formative Assessment
Formative assessment/ feedback continues throughout the module in the form of regular weekly tutorials and peer generated feedback.
You will also receive invaluable feedback from your client organisations throughout the practical project which you may draw from for analysis and evaluation

The assessment strategy closely follows the modules learning outcomes and its learning and teaching strategy. The assessment strategy is designed towards helping students develop the organisational, methodological and analytical skills of the reflective practitioner.

Summative Assessment
Assessment is split into two parts:

The first assessment is a detailed literature review of the supporting theoretical framework of the project.
(3000 words). (50% of the mark) ( 1,3,5,)

The second assessment (50% of the mark) is a 30 minute seminar articulating the final year project to tutors and peer group and reflecting/defending the project in response to questions. (2,3,4,5)

Summative Feedback
Feedback on both assessment components tasks will be delivered via Blackboard (rubric and written comments) and will be received within 20 working days of the performance/ submission deadline.


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Module abstract

Analysing Practice is a Third Year 40 credit module designed to enhance your skills and understandings of Applied Theatre Practice. In its attempt to consolidate your learning, it offers the opportunity further develop your abilities as a reflective practitioner, ready to perform and communicate within the Applied Theatre field as an informed and accountable artist.
The module provides a theoretical and practical basis allowing you to engage not only in the current debates which surround your work, but also the ethical and professional contexts in which you work. The Literature Review requires you to explore a variety of theories and practices pertinent to your chosen field of study, and the 30 minute Seminar in Semester Two allows you to measure and recognise good practice in a proto professional environment. The yearlong nature of the experience also allows you to develop relationships with significant cultural organisations within the region enhancing your employability within the field of performing arts.

Course info

UCAS Code W400

Credits 40

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 2020

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