Theatre Studies 2B: Thinking Through Theatre Making THEATRE2003

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Culture and Creative Arts
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 2 (SCQF level 8)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course introduces students to the practice of collective theatre and performance making. It seeks to do so both in the context of critical and creative developments in the field in the 20th and 21st century, and by positioning theatre practice as a means to explore ideas creatively and collaboratively


2 x 1 hr lecture per week (Weeks 1-6 Monday & Wednesday at 3pm) as scheduled on Mycampus

1 x 2 hour seminars (Weeks 1-6 Mon 5-7pm; Tues 3-5pm; Wed 5-7pm; Thurs 12-2pm; Thurs 3-5pm);

1 x 2 hr workshops (Weeks 7-10): Mon 5-7pm; Tues 3-5pm; Wed 5-7pm; Thurs 12-2pm; Thurs 3-5pm) as scheduled on MyCampus

1 x 1 hr workshop to be arranged in advance of the critical reflection

Requirements of Entry

Satisfactory completion of both Level 1 TS courses with neither course attaining less than grade D.

Excluded Courses





Critical Reflection (2000 words) - 50%

Performance-Presentation (20 mins) - 50%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ Introduce students to a range of theoretical developments and practical approaches in theatre and performance since the 20th century.

■ Provide students with critical and practical skills through discussion, practical exercises, workshop exploration and reflection.

■ Enable students to develop a performance-presentation that brings together collective enquiry and creation and the understanding of the critical/creative contexts with which their practical work engages.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Explore through collective theatre practice a range of ideas, forms and strategies present in theatre and performance since the 20th century.

■ Use collective creation to explore individual/group interests, knowledge and creative and theoretical concerns.

■ Develop a performance-presentation through collective practical enquiry and an understanding of pertinent critical and creative contexts.

■ Critically evaluate their individual/group practical creative work - both process and outcome - in the context of wider theatre and performance practices and critical scholarship.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.