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Main Stage Theatre Production: Practice - TFT00078H

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  • Department: Theatre, Film, Television and Interactive Media
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Karen Quigley
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: H
  • Academic year of delivery: 2024-25
    • See module specification for other years: 2023-24

Module summary

This module provides you with the opportunity to stage a production of ambitious scope on the main stage. The play will be performed to the public with students taking on all the roles that comprise a theatre company.

Related modules

This module is closely linked with the Main Stage Theatre Production: Processes module, which permits students to reflect on and document practical work in mutually supportive ways.

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Semester 1 2024-25

Module aims

Module aims:

  • to give you the experience of staging performance work representative of practice in mid-scale professional theatre on a large stage
  • to develop your collaborative skills, working as part of a large team - to support you in developing production and performance skills in a role of your choosing
  • to share your ambitious performance work with a public audience.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of the module, you are expected to be able to:

  • deploy the skills needed to stage a successful production in front of a public audience
  • employ skills of textual and dramaturgical analysis to research the play and bring it to life in performance
  • demonstrate their advanced collaborative skills to work together as a large team to mount the production - work effectively to deadlines and develop project management skills

Module content

The module builds on all the practical work of the previous semesters and develops further the diverse skills acquired in them. Students on the module will be divided into two or three creative teams and each will work, via dramaturgical preparation, close textual work, and workshops/rehearsals, on a play chosen by the module convenor. Lectures and seminar-workshops will explore the selected plays in the light of their immediate writing and production circumstances (theatrical, cultural and political) and elucidate some of their specific challenges in performance, as well as their production history. They will also introduce skills required for the production and management aspects of the project. All the roles required to stage a full production on a large stage will be filled by students, supported in all aspects by staff and guest professionals. This includes the design and technical team, production and stage management team, directors, dramaturgs, and actors. Roles will be pitched or auditioned for as appropriate, and responsibility for the appointment of individuals to roles will lie with the student group.


Task Length % of module mark
Practical : Group Mark - final production
N/A 50
Practical : Individual Mark - final production and individual practice
N/A 50

Special assessment rules


Additional assessment information

Formative feedback on practice embedded in the rehearsal-workshop structure of the taught sessions.

*For summative assessments, students will lose 3 marks per workshop, seminar or practical missed for this module.


Task Length % of module mark
Presentation : Main stage production practice
0.5 hours 100

Module feedback

You will receive written feedback in line with standard University turnaround times. Written and verbal formative feedback is provided on practical work throughout the term. Summative feedback is given on the week 9 performances.

Indicative reading

The reading list will vary from year to year, depending on the project, and will also include technical manuals and specialist reading depending on each student’s role within the production.

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.