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Reading And Interpreting Performance THEATRE5008

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Culture and Creative Arts
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

Reading and interpreting performance is an investigation of traditional and non-traditional performance texts examined in relation to historical context as well as contemporary forms of performance and adaptation for the theatre.


The course consists of 10 x 3 hour seminars.

Requirements of Entry

Standard entry to Masters at College level 


1 x 3500 word essay (60%) reflecting on performance practice, production history, translation and adaptation or canon formation submitted at the end of the course

1 x 10 minute oral presentation (40%) on a topic to be chosen by the student in consultation with the course tutor)

Course Aims

The course aims to:

■ examine the traditional and historical canons of different national theatres;

■ investigate and identify production histories over multiple geographical and temporal periods; and,

■ expand the textual interpretive process to include a variety of modes of performance including site-specific, dance and non-text based.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ demonstrate critical knowledge and understanding of traditional canons and the critical research skills to locate the information needed to engage with a season of performances;

■ demonstrate an ability to move effectively between practical and theoretical analysis of all forms of performance; and,

■ demonstrate an ability to write critically and analytically about the processes of the evolution, translation and adaptation of repertory.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

For students to complete this course successfully, the following minimum requirements must be met -

■ submission of one formally-assessed summative assignment;

■ delivery of one oral presentation with summative feedback;

■ satisfactory attendance at classes - at least 90% of scheduled activities; and,

■ satisfactory participation in classes - prescribed reading; active participation in workshop sessions.