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Dramaturgy, Sound & Screen: Scripting for Theatre, Radio, Film & Television - CED00003M

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  • Department: Centre for Lifelong Learning
  • Module co-ordinator: Information currently unavailable
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2021-22

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Summer Term 2021-22

Module aims

The module aims to:

  • Deepen understanding of performance art, its theories, methodologies and practice
  • Develop awareness of the distinction between scripting for stage, radio and screen
  • Provide instruction on the conventions and disciplines of each of the above
  • Provide exemplary texts, viewings and audio experiences for critical debate
  • Develop communication, comprehension and co-operation alongside analytical, critical thinking
  • Acquaint students with appropriate, scholarly language for critical commentary
  • Acquaint students with precise terminology for novel writing approaches, styles and techniques
  • Explore key elements of dramatic writing; characterisation, setting, dialogue, setting, narrative, for example
  • Provide creative opportunities for the development of script writing skills
  • Inspire the creative process that affords engagement with script writing
  • Encourage methodology in research that feeds the creative process
  • Install a rigorous reflective practice, through the keeping of a Learning Log
  • Develop confidence in the generation of new writing
  • Set up and manage critiquing situations within which students present their work for analytical group comment

Module learning outcomes

By the conclusion of the module the student should be able to:

Subject content

  • Use appropriate scholarly and relevant language to critically discuss scripts read, viewings experienced and radio play listened to
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the specific technical requirements of scriptwriting for stage, screen and radio
  • Demonstrate craftsmanship, originality and imagination in the creation of scripts
  • Show supportive, critical evaluations of draft script extracts presented in the critiquing workshops
  • Demonstrate an ability to hone work through editing and redrafting
  • Use reflective writing to gain insight into the processes of scripting

Academic and graduate skills

  • Critically analyse complex texts and convey findings in academically appropriate language
  • Evidence rigorous reflective practice through the keeping of a Learning Log

Other learning outcomes (if applicable)

  • Act as a supportive, sensitive and active group member who is valued and values others
  • Demonstrate greater confidence and expertise in the presentation of work to the group
  • Exercise initiative, personal autonomy, the ability to work to a deadline, a word limit and within a specific form.


Task Length % of module mark
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
N/A 100

Module feedback

The tutor will give regular individual feedback throughout the module on work submitted.

The assessment feedback is as per the university’s guidelines with regard to timings.

Indicative reading

  • Ayckbourn, A. The Crafty Art of Playmaking (2004) London: Faber and Faber
  • Brook,P. The Empty Space (1990) London: Penguin
  • Davis, R. Writing Dialogue for Scripts (2003) London: A & C Black (Bloomsbury)
  • Macgloughlin, S. Writing For Radio (2008) Bristol: SoundPlay

In addition model texts selected by the tutor will be included


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