PERF07017 2013 Directing 3

General Details

Full Title
Directing 3
Transcript Title
Directing 3
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Subject Area
PERF - Performing Arts
COMP - Computing & Creative Practices
07 - NFQ Level 7
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2013 - Full Academic Year 2013-14
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Rhona Trench
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_APERT_B07 201700 Bachelor of Arts in Performing Arts (Theatre Design)

This module is designed to explore the complex nature involved in creating a work of theatre/performance. Learners are introduced to a critical and theoretical framework for understanding a variety of performance practices. They will explore the process of performance through applying a range of research methods, visual principles and spatial composition.  Learners will develop skills across relevant creative disciplines and interdiscipinary proctices in a highly collaborative environment.  Using visual and cultural research, demonstrations and presentations, learners will reflect on a variety of approaches to the development of theatre by key practitioners and dominant forces, including e.g. Meyerhold, Brecht, Beckett, Artaud, Wilson and others.

Learning Outcomes

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


will have an understanding of the dominant forces of theory and practice in the development of theatre and be able identify contextual relevance to themselves as creative practitioners.


Explore the interchange between performance and e.g. visual art, movement, theatre,  writing, technology etc. in a collaborative environment.


will have an understanding of the dynamics of space and how spacial principles inform all aspects of performance.


will understand the importance of collaboration, challange perceptions of themselves as having a singular set of skills in order to extend their creative boundaries to become performance creators/ instigators.


undertake a range of performance related roles and develop skills as author /creator

Module Assessment Strategies

Workshops, (practical)

Continous Assessment

Presentations, (oral, media, live performance) 

Logbooks: (reflectice record)

Indicative Syllabus

theory: dominant forces in theatre history, theories of directing; Gordon Craig, Adolph Appia, Meyerhold, Bertold Brecht, Grotowski, Brook etc.; philosopical contexts/movements. Looking at relevant  movements and practitioners in 20th century art history

process: collaboration; roles of creative disciplines; traditional/contemporary approaches; vocabulary; exploration; realisation.

text: ways of reading/analysing, different perspectives, researching, reflective practices, what is text?

spacial: visual principles; expressing the narrative/psycological etc. through the dynamics of space; spatial relationship of performers/characters to each other, to the audience.

research: methods, 20th Century European Theatre movements; Art History; film and history of film; what has shaped performance practices.

interdisciplinary: theatre/art; theatre /music; theatre/film, theatre/writing etc. lighting; digital media.

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Project practical workshop Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 60 % Week 15 1,2,3,4,5
2 Continuous Assessment theory and research Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 20 % Week 15 1,2
3 Written Report log book Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 20 % Week 15 1,2,3,4,5

Full Time Mode Workload

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

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Mc Auley.Gay: Space in Performance; Making Meaning in the Theatre (Metheun Press 2000)

Brecht.Stefan: the Bread and Puppet Theatre Vol 1 and 2 (Methuen Press 1987)

Williams. David ; Collaborative Theatre: Le Theatre du Soleil (Making Theatre) (Routledge Press 1999)

Shertsava.Maria: Robert Wilson: Routledge Performance Practitioners (Routledge Press 2007)

Mitter, Shomit, Systems of Rehearsal, Stanislavsky, Brecht, Growtowski and Brook (Rutledge 1992)

Brook. Peter; The Shifting Point: 40 years of theatrical exploration 1946-1987 (Metheun Press 1988)


Mitchell.Katie; The Directors Craft: A Handbook for the Theatre, (Routledge 2003)

Gombrich. Ernst; The Story of Art (Thames and Hudson 1985)

Other Resources