Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

Level 3: Performance Theory and Analysis THEATRE3001

  • Academic Session: 2020-21
  • School: School of Culture and Creative Arts
  • Credits: 30
  • Level: Level 3 (SCQF level 9)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

Level 3 Performance Theory and Analysis if offered to non-Honours Theatre Studies students as part of their General Humanities degree. It introduces students to a range of theoretical approaches to performance analysis.


8 x 3 hour seminar sessions.

Attendance at 3 performances during the course.

Requirements of Entry

Successful entry to Theatre Studies Level 3 according to specified tariffs advertised, i.e. students require a D3 minimum pass in Theatre Studies Level 2

Excluded Courses






1,500 word critical reflection on one of the performances seen (40%)

2,500 word analytical essay (60%)

Course Aims

The course aims to:

1. examine a variety of different types of performance (both within the theatre and beyond), and their significance within the contemporary cultural context;

2. introduce a range of theoretical and critical perspectives on performance, in order to show a variety of tools available for use in performance analysis, and a range of issues currently being debated by scholars;

3. encourage students to pursue further reading and investigation into the critical areas that interest them most, and actively to adapt the tools available to their own concerns;

  4. provide a forum in which to analyse live performances according to different perspectives

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

1. critique performance events and performance theories in a seminar context and through oral presentations;

2. demonstrate an ability to question/critique the assumptions underlying both the performances they view, and the ways in which they themselves habitually view them.

3. use seminars with confidence as a way of clarifying and evaluating ideas, and as a means to exploring theoretical issues through practical application; and,


4. present ideas critically, clearly and coherently in written essays, developing well-structured arguments, and observing the disciplines of referencing, footnoting and bibliography.

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.