PERF06049 2013 Devised Theatre

General Details

Full Title
Devised Theatre
Transcript Title
Devised Theatre
N/A %
Subject Area
PERF - Performing Arts
COMP - Computing & Creative Practices
06 - NFQ Level 6
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2013 - Full Academic Year 2013-14
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Rhona Trench, Niall Colleary
Programme Membership
SG_APERF_H08 201300 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Performing Arts SG_APERA_B07 201700 Bachelor of Arts in Performing Arts (Acting) SG_APERF_H08 201900 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Performing Arts

A practical module that explores a range of processes and approaches to devising theatre for the stage and other contexts. Students will develop the skills to initiate, explore, develop and notate a devised show.

They will move from initial ideas to final product through a series of exploratory workshops.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Understand the dramaturgical variables necessary for structuring a devised project.


Develop a new range of critical and communicative competencies


Know how to develop an ensemble capable of dynamically creating safe and active spaces for dialogue.


Know how to produce an imaginative and fully defined characterisation and performance.


Be able to deploy available resource to maximum effect in the production of a piece of devised theatre.

Module Assessment Strategies

Devising project 60%

Classroom contribution 20%

Reflective journal 20%

Indicative Syllabus

A series of workshops designed to guide the student group through the stages of ensemble development leading to an activated group capable of imaginitive responses to a variety of stimuli.

The work takes place in three distinct phases: Warm-ups--Bridge Activities---Activating Materials.

  • Strong emphasis is placed on the aquisition of verbal and physical improvisational skill.
  • The student(s) are encouraged to identify, anticipate and solve unfamiliar problems.
  • The students are equipped with the skills to allow them to develop, notate and perform a devised piece of theatre from a set of initial stimuli (visual /aural or textual).
  • Development of dramatic material from context appropriate games.
  • Translate intellectual comprehension of situation/character into physical realisation.


Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Performance Evaluation Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 20 % OnGoing 2,3,4
2 Written Report (Journal of reflective practice) Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 20 % OnGoing 1,2
3 Group Project Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 60 % End of Term 1,2,3,4,5

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Workshop Black Box Exploratory Workshop 3 Weekly 3.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Johnstone, K. Impro:Improvisation and the Theatre. London: Routledge. 1987.

Oddey, A. Devising Theatre, a practical and theoretical handbook. London: Routledge. 1994.

Graham, S. & Hoggett, S. The Frantic Assembly book of devising theatre.London: Routledge. 2009.

Rohd, M. Theatre for Community Conflict and Dialogue (The hope is vital training manual). Heinemann Drama 1998

Johnstone, K. Impro for Storytellers. London: Faber&Faber. 1999.

Boal,A. Theatre of the Oppressed. Theatre community group 1993.

Boal, A. The Rainbow of desire. London:Routledge 1995.

Boal, A. Games for actors and non-actors. London:Routledge 1995.

Spolin, V. Improvisation for the Theatre. 3rd ed. Northwestern University Press.

Poulter, C. Playing the game. Macmillan 1987.





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