THEORIES OF PERFORMANCE - 2018/9

Module code: TDLM009

Module Overview

This module will engage students in the study of key theories of performance, including, but not restricted to Semiotics, Phenomenology, Reception Theory, Reader Response, Post-Structuralism, Feminism, Gender Theory, Queer Theory, Post Colonialism, Postmodernism and Materialist Theory.

Module provider

Guildford School of Acting

Module Leader

TUNSTALL D Mr (GSA)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

JACs code: W310

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Students will take this module alongside the following modules: The Greeks

Module content

Indicative content includes: 


Online and Distance study arising from the module material and Essential Reading texts, as laid out in the module reading list.Theories to be studied include, but are not restricted to: Semiotics, Phenomenology, Reception Theory, Reader Response, Post-Structuralism, Feminism, Gender Theory, Queer Theory, Post Colonialism, Postmodernism and Materialist Theory 
Seminar sessions amounting to two full days at GSA (also available remotely and online) to include writing skills, personal tutorials and target setting and the study of application of theories to theatre text and performance

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework Essay (2,500 words) 100

Alternative Assessment

N/A

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate the following through their formal written summative submission, in addition to their engagement with the formative assessment, module content and associated activities: 


Demonstrate the ability to retrieve and process information and to communicate clearly in writing (T) 
Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of key theories of performance, theatrical reception and critique (K) 
Apply acquired knowledge and understanding across a broad range of influential theatrical texts and their contexts (K, P) 
Analyse and evaluate the work of others with critical objectivity (T) 
Analyse and evaluate key theories of performance, theatrical reception and critique (C)


Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of: 


2,500 word essay in response to a set question/task


Formative assessment

Formative Assessment consists of an outline plan for the summative assignment in the students own choice of form, which may include, but is not restricted to an essay plan, poster, PowerPoint or equivalent software presentation, podcast (1000 words or equivalent) Feedback Informal formative feedback from tutors will be provided via, but is not restricted to, the virtual learning environment, email exchange, personal tutorials in person or via Skype, or equivalent software.

Ongoing informal formative feedback from the tutor is facilitated by, but not restricted to, structured discussion boards on the virtual learning environment and email exchange. Summative formal written feedback will follow submission of the summative assessment.

Module aims

  • The societal influences upon theatre
  • Critical analysis of theatre
  • The relationship between the actor and audience
  • The construction of stages and performance platforms
  • The construction of theatrical and social meaning

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Demonstrate the ability to retrieve and process information and to communicate clearly in writing T
002 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of key theories of performance, theatrical reception and critique K
003 Apply acquired knowledge and understanding across a broad range of influential theatrical texts and their contexts KP
004 Analyse and evaluate the work of others with critical objectivity T
005 Analyse and evaluate key theories of performance, theatrical reception and critique C

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 143

Seminar Hours: 7

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to: 


Actively engage online and distance learners with core concepts of theories of performance through a range of learning and teaching strategies 
Enable the online and distance learner to access core concepts studied and apply these to selected performance texts 
Allow the online and distance learner to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of the core concepts of theories of performance through the structured exploration of performance possibilities and production history of selected texts


The learning and teaching methods include: 


Study based on module content and associated activities via the virtual learning environment (83 hours). 
Seminar weekend (7 hours). 
Tutor guided distance learning/independent study based on required purchase texts and online Library resources (60 hours).

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list

Reading list for THEORIES OF PERFORMANCE : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/tdlm009

Other information

None

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Theatre MA 1 Core Each unit of assessment must be passed at 50% to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2018/9 academic year.