PERF06096 2019 Technical Theatre 2 (Production)

General Details

Full Title
Technical Theatre 2 (Production)
Transcript Title
Technical Theatre 2 (Productio
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Subject Area
PERF - Performing Arts
YADA - Yeats Academy Art Dsgn & Arch
06 - NFQ Level 6
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Rhona Trench, Niall Rea, Niall Colleary
Programme Membership
SG_APERF_H08 201900 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Performing Arts SG_APERA_B07 201900 Bachelor of Arts in Performing Arts (Acting)

A further exploration of the practice of stage management and technical production in the performing arts. The learner explores the roles of production manager, technical manager and stage manager in the production and running of a stage performance. It teaches the practical skills of technical/stage management in collaboration with other students in a fully realised production situation.

Topics include technical script analysis, scheduling, cue markings and prompt scripts, organisational requirements, technical rehearsals, digital theatre technologies, show calling and technical operation. Working collaboratively will be key to this module.

Learning Outcomes

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


Prepare and manage a prompt copy, which defines actors' movements and calls,technical cues, stage elements, props and moving scenery.


Understand the roles of production manager, technician and stage manager in all the various stages of a production process.


Be able to analyse and interpret the script, plans, models and designs for all relevant technical and production information.


Prepare for rehearsal and obtain all necessary resources, such as props, costumes, and settings.


Give cues for lighting, sound, cast entrances, moving scenery and other performance elements.


Demonstrate an understanding of OH& S issues and take appropriate actions where necessary.


Demonstrate a familiarity with the configuration and operation of the lighting , sound & multimedia equipment found in a modern theatre /performance space.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Principles of technique are embodied through theorised praxis. Classroom activity is supported by a range of reading materials.

Teaching takes place in a  weekly workshop setting where the student is guided through a series of group and individual activities designed to impart the skills of effective organisation and forward planning. Students will also be familiarised with the theatre as a particular type of working environment with it's own vernacular, codes of practise and technical processes. Attention will be paid to stage lighting processes and sound design.


Students keep reflective journals of their activities.

Module Assessment Strategies

  1. Final Production and Prompt copy   40%
  2. Contribution and participation    60%

Repeat Assessments

Repeat Project and/or Repeat Attend

Indicative Syllabus

  1. Script analysis
  2. Scheduling
  3. Cue Marking
  4. Developing prompt script.
  5. Pre-rehearsal tasks
  6. Working in the rehearsal room (with acting students engaged in a live production process).
  7. Get in period.
  8. Technical and dress rehearsal.
  9. Operation of computerised lighting and technical control in a fully realised production.
  10. Calling and running the show.
  11. Post show responsibility.
  12. Health and safety issues.


Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Performance Evaluation Continuous Assessment Assessment 60 % OnGoing 2,3,4,5,6
2 Performance Evaluation (Prompt Script) Continuous Assessment Assessment 40 % OnGoing 1,2,4,5,7

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Practical Black Box Rehearsal room 2 Weekly 2.00
Lecture Flat Classroom Lecture 1 Weekly 1.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
Stage management: A gentle art Black.

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Bond, D. Stage management: A gentle art. London: Black. 1991.

Palmer, S. The essential guide to stage management lighting and sound London : Hodder & Stoughton, 2000

Reid, F.. The staging handbook. London: Black. 2001.

Reid, F.. The stage lighting  handbook. A & C Black, 2001, (2004)

Stern, L. Stage Management. Pearson, 2006

Copley, S and Killner, P, Stage Management: A Practical Guide. Crowood Press, 2001


Journal Resources


URL Resources


Other Resources

Moodle online learning resource.

QLab software

Projection mapping software


Additional Information

Moodle online learning resource