THEATRE LABORATORY: DEVISING - 2018/9

Module code: THE2027

Module Overview

This module introduces students to contemporary devising practices to prepare them to create devised performance in response to particular stimuli and devising methods. In particular, the module will enable students to understand plural approaches to devised performance and develop a practice ‘toolkit’ from which the the second Laboratory module will draw to create a public performance.  The module will introduce specific techniques, which may be adapted from the work of specific practitioners and/or developed for the module. Students will be encouraged to see devising as a rich field of practices and to locate their own emerging practice within this field. Classes may include workshops, self-directed tasks, presentations on practices, reading/attendance at performance/viewing to support the teaching of practices and concerns in contemporary devising practice. Students will be able to actively experience and reflect on modes of devised performance in a relatively secure ‘laboratory’ before going on to make public performance in the second Laboratory module.

Module provider

Guildford School of Acting

Module Leader

REFSKOU A Dr (GSA)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 5

JACs code: W442

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

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Co-Requisite THE2028 Theatre Laboratory: Performance

Module content

Indicative content includes devising strategies that may draw on work by:


Frantic Assembly
Goat Island
Artists commissioned by Artangel, e.g. Janet Cardiff
Sophie Calle
Lone Twin
Action Hero
Kaleider Bobby Baker

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Oral exam or presentation PROJECT PITCH (SMALL GROUP) 100

Alternative Assessment

For project pitch: Written project pitch (1500 words; individual)  100%

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate


knowledge of devising strategies


- informed, considered approach to one or more strategies in workshop performance


skills of reflecting on individual contribution and keeping learning open for the second Laboratory module.


Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:


A ‘project pitch’ that evidences clear and reflective engagement with the module as well as individuals’ contributions to and learning from it, to be submitted towards the end of the module (2000 words equivalent; work may include presentation material, performance demonstrations, written documentation)


Formative assessment and feedback

Students will work on an outline (300 word equivalent) of their individual devising strategies relating these to the practical workshops and other contemporary devising practices to be discussed with module tutors for feedback in preparation for the 'project pitch'. 

Module aims

  • Introduce students to one or more processes for devising performance
  • Enable informed, creative, practical engagement with one or more devising strategies
  • Enable students to reflect on their contribution to devising processes and begin to identify its relevance to their own emerging devising practice.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
1 Identify one or more processes for devising performance KC
2 Contribute an informed practical creative response to devising strategies KCPT
3 Reflect on their own contribution to devising processes and begin to identify relevance to their own emerging devising practice

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Workshop Hours: 44

Independent Study Hours: 106

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

Prepare students to locate themselves as practitioners within an existing field of contemporary theatre and performance practice. The module will introduce students to devising methods, drawing on professional practices where relevant. In so doing, it will provide a staged process of inviting students to construct their own practice.  This will be led by staff in the second year and open to student-led practice in the final year, specifically in devised work and the dissertation.

The learning and teaching methods include:


11x studio practice sessions (including, for example: workshops, seminar and roundtable discussions, small-group tutorials, performance viewings)

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 THEATRE LABORATORY: DEVISING : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/the2027

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Theatre and Performance BA (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required 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.