Theatrical Interpretation: Practitioners (DRA1007)

StaffDr Adrian Curtin - Convenor
Credit Value30
ECTS Value15.00
NQF Level4
Duration of Module Term 2: 11 weeks;

Module aims

In this module you will develop your ability to read scholarly texts, process information aurally and visually, engage in seminar discussion, make connections between a range of topics, collaborate with other students on a research topic, give an oral presentation, and write an academic essay. Ideally, you will become passionate about one or more of the featured practitioners, and may be inspired by them!

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Identify and explain key aspects of 20th-century theatre practice.
  • 2. Make connections between a range of 20th-century theatre practitioners.
  • 3. Provide a historically informed analysis of at least two theatre practitioners.

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 4. Develop basic library and IT skills (in independent additional research).
  • 5. Develop confidence in the ability to contribute research to small groups in effective presentations and to evaluate visual evidence (and analyse, critique and manipulate complex material).

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 6. Develop basic personal research skills; (using personal initiative; to set personal objectives) to identify and evaluate at a basic level personal learning strategies.
  • 7. Collaborate in various groups and group sizes, develop confidence in (to learn elements of) aspects of teamwork and presentation.
  • 8. Develop group cooperation skills, including the ability to give and receive constructive critical feedback and to develop confidence in (and improve) communication skills and simple analytic abilities in discussions.

Syllabus plan

Unit 1: The Authority of the Director

Unit 2: Reimagining Scenography

Unit 3: Corporeal Manoeuvres

Unit 4: Audience Activation

Examples of practitioners who may feature include: Antoine, Stanislavsky, Craig, Beckett, Littlewood, Appia, Svoboda, Popova, Reinhardt, Wilson, Meyerhold, Duncan, Graham, Marinetti, Tzara, Artaud, Piscator, Brecht.

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities33Lectures & seminars
Guided independent study267Individual and group work

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Essay1,000 words1, 3, 4, 6Tutor verbal and written feedback

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Seminar Presentation20Continuous1, 2, 5, 7, 8Tutor verbal feedback
Group presentation3015 minutes (group of three students) or 20 minutes (group of 4 students) with approximately 10 minutes for questions1-8Tutor written feedback
Essay502000 words1, 2, 3, 4, 6Tutor written feedback

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Seminar participationSeminar participation1, 2, 5, 7, 8
Group presentationIndividual presentation1, 2, 3, 4, 6Referral/deferral period
EssayEssay1, 2, 3, 4, 6Referral/deferral period

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Indicative reading:

D.Bradby and D.Williams (1988) Directors' Theatre, Basingstoke: Macmillan

E.Braun (1982) The Director and the Stage, London: Methuen

D.R.Jones (1985) Great Directors at Work, Berkeley: University of California

S.Leiter (1991) From Stanislavski to Barrault, NY: Greenwood

S.Leiter (1991) From Belasco to Brook, NY: Greenwood

S.Mitter (1992) Systems of Rehearsal, London: Routledge

M.Vanden Heuvel (1991) Performing Drama/Dramatizing Performance, Ann Arbor: University of   

    Michigan Press

Zarrilli, P, McConachie, B., Williams, G.J., Fisher Sorgenfrei, C (2010), 2nd Edition, Theatre

    Histories, London and New York: Routledge

Module has an active ELE page?


Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

ELE – College to provide hyperlink to appropriate pages

Web based and electronic resources: Exeter Digital Archives

Available as distance learning?


Last revision date


Key words search

Modern theatre, theatre practitioners, theatre history