Applied Drama: Interactive Theatre (DRA2026)

StaffDr Erin Walcon - Convenor
Credit Value30
ECTS Value15.00
NQF Level5
Pre-requisitesSuccessful Progression from Level 1:DRA1004, DRA1010, DRA1012, DRA1011
Duration of Module Term 2: 11 weeks;

Module aims

The module aims:

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. To demonstrate theoretical and practical knowledge of certain aspects of interactive theatre as defined within the field of Applied Drama

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 2. The ability to relate to others in theatrical processes and performances; to work effectively with others in small task-orientated groups and to initiate and sustain creative, analytic and interpretative work within strict time limits and basic technical competence
  • 3. The ability to utilise research tools effectively and to translate theory into practice.
  • 4. The ability to apply library and IT skills in independent additional research.
  • 5. The ability to explore theoretical concerns through practice, and vice versa, and to synthesise findings in practical and written tasks. The ability to interpret research into physical practice and vice versa.

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 6. To develop group cooperation skills, including the ability to give and receive constructive critical feedback and to improve communication skills and analytic abilities in discussions.
  • 7. To develop confidence in performance skills and public presentation, both of dramatic practice and researched material.
  • 8. The ability to collaborate in various groups and group sizes, to learn elements of teamwork and presentation

Syllabus plan

The research will be undertaken and developed in the first part of the module; The bulk of the sessions will be devoted to developing an initial scenario, a suitable interactive theatre structure and the development of relevant facilitation skills The group will perform towards the end of the semester and work in appropriate local venues; The final weeks will be used to conduct a full evaluation of the programme in relation to its aims.

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 and teaching activities66Seminars and skills workshops
Guided independent 234Preparation

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Presentation1,3,4,7written 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
Performance workshop60up to 2 hours1,5,7written feedback
Reflective portfolio402,000 words1-7written feedback

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

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Continuous attendance and contribution Continuous attendance and contribution 2,6,8Referral/deferral period
Performance workshopPiece of written work1,5,7Referral/deferral period
Reflective portfolioReflective portfolio1-7Referral/deferral period

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Haedicke, S & Nellhaus, T. (2000) Performing Democracy, Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan Press.

Warren, B. (2002) Creating a Theatre in your classroom and Community, North York: Captus University Publications.

Sefton-Green, J. and Sinker, R. (2000) Evaluating Creativity, London: Routledge.

Jackson, A. (1993) Learning Through Theatre, London, New York: Routledge, 1993

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Origin date


Last revision date

March 2012

Key words search

Drama in Education, Theatre in Education, Applied Theatre