Theatre Practices

Learning & Teaching Strategies

Practice and theory meet and permeate each other in an ongoing artistic research. The focus is on advanced knowledge of practices and theories around the body in/of performance and on challenging students to engage physically in the development of the body in/of performance in the 21st century.

Theatre Practices places contemporary performance making and critical thinking at its core with students’ produced work and reflective analysis being instrumental to progress on all modules on the programme. A wide range of subject specific approaches to teaching and learning are used within Theatre Practices which reflect the diversity and expertise within the teaching team.

Reflective practice and critical reflection of theory into practice are the paramount modes of enhancing learning. Teaching and learning of a critical and creative understanding of different forms, methodologies and processes in the field of contemporary performance is achieved by lectures, in-class discussion, the presentation of seminar papers and their staff and student-led feedback, oral and written critical feedback on essays, presentations, artist’s workshops, work-in-progress and completed performances, portfolios, websites and blogs. Guest artists and practitioners will be invited to share their practice with the students, as appropriate throughout the course of the degree. Students will work independently and in groups to develop and examine seminal and personal making and facilitative approaches, analyse texts and produce performances, presentations, documentation and essays. Active participation of all students is encouraged in all teaching and learning contexts. Peer-assessment and formative feedback will be crucial in engaging and supporting the students’ development. Group and individual tutorial support is available at specified times throughout the course, and at the students’ request.

photo. Marije vd Berg, maker and perf. Henry Alles 1
Maker and performance Henry Alles, Photo Marije van den Berg

Student work is supported by formative and summative feedback throughout their study. The evaluation and development of the individual student’s performance production and the ability to define their practice are achieved through tutorials with commentary on works in progress across a variety of media accompanied by oral and written critical feedback. Supporting and connecting these evaluation strands is the creation of a critical community of peers.

Instruction on appropriate methodologies for research through practice is provided by the Research module. Tutorial dialogue, critical, analytical, and self-reflective expression within a group, and peer-group discussion are the foundation of all learning and teaching in the programme.

Students will be encouraged to support each other and maintain conversations and collaboration outside of the module delivery via technology (Skype, blogging, Sharepoint etc.) and face-to-face encounters. Students will be encouraged to consider such interaction vital to their ongoing development, group cohesion and effectively enriching the trail of documentation. Studio time will be allocated to the cohort outside of the taught delivery hours in order to provide a communal or independent working space where collaborative/personal discoveries can take place.