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Collaborative Production Project - TFT00061M

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  • Department: Theatre, Film, Television and Interactive Media
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Karen Quigley
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2023-24

Module summary

This module enables you to put the skills developed in other modules into action as you develop a 20-30 minute performance piece. Each year, a brief will be set within which you will work. Across the module, you will explore the multivalent skills and practice required in a collaborative theatre company working towards a shared goal. In the first half of this module you will work alongside MA Playwriting students, to conceive, devise and develop a performance project in a shared rehearsal room setting. In the second half of this module you will rehearse and refine the material generated, working towards high-quality performances for a public audience. The final production will be semi-staged, with technical support to implement simple set, lighting and sound plans.

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Semester 2 2023-24

Module aims

The aims of the module are:

  • to provide you with the opportunity to research, rehearse and stage a play in response to a brief set by the module tutor
  • to apply the skills you have developed on the preceding three modules to this particular performance project
  • to use the storytelling features of theatre to demonstrate the research that you have done (for e.g. into a particular form of theatre, a political story or found material)
  • to allow you to work collaboratively as actors, directors and dramaturges to successfully stage the play in front of an audience
  • to provide you with the opportunity to critically reflect on the process and to contextualise your work within scholarship into contemporary theatre making

Module learning outcomes

By the end of the module you will be expected to:

  • effectively stage a production project which puts the learning of the previous terms into action
  • work effectively as a group to communicate your ideas with clarity and focus, which will involve project team work, compromise, patience and a shared sense of endeavour
  • conduct research into the given area and to translate this research into practice
  • effectively analyse your practice in a critical reflection

Module content

This will be a guided collaborative project, where you will work in response to a range of prompts to develop, refine, and stage material for performance.
Working in small groups, and in collaboration with MA Playwriting students, you will work in response to creative prompts, through stages of research and development, through an enlightened rehearsal process, and into performance. Module teaching will provide structure and guidance, exploring ways of working in relation to a range of creative materials and exploring ways of refining your work for performance. You will rehearse and prepare performance work in independent scheduled rehearsals, and, as the module progresses, taught sessions will respond to that work with feedback and guidance. This is a collaborative project, where you will work in groups determined by your own interests and each member of the group will contribute fully, actively and equally to the performance project.


Task Length % of module mark
Reflective essay
N/A 50
Performance of group production
N/A 50

Special assessment rules


Additional assessment information

Student receive formative feedback on practical work as part of the module teaching.


Task Length % of module mark
Reflective essay
N/A 50
Oral presentation/seminar/exam
Individual presentation
N/A 50

Module feedback

You will receive written feedback in line with standard University turnaround times, with an option of an individual follow-up meeting if any aspect of the feedback is unclear or if more guidance on interpreting the feedback is requested.

On this module, formative feedback will be given in teaching sessions for practical work towards the assessment.

As the brief for the reflective essay will be similar to that of the preceding module, there is no formative assessment.

Indicative reading

This will vary depending on the choice of project, and will be issued well in advance of the module.

The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University is constantly exploring ways to enhance and improve its degree programmes and therefore reserves the right to make variations to the content and method of delivery of modules, and to discontinue modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University. Where appropriate, the University will notify and consult with affected students in advance about any changes that are required in line with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.