Theatre Making 3 focuses on the acquisition and development of performance making skills and the application of those acquired skills to the creation of a performed event. It represents the culmination of the performance projects you will have worked on during your degree and allows you to take greater responsibility than before for the selection/generation of material to be worked on, the nature of the process, and the delivery of projects through performance.
Theatre Making 3 consists of two modules: Laboratory and Projects. You will choose to specialise in one of the following areas:
- Live Art/Performance Art
- Devised Performance
- Acting and Solo Performance
- Text and Performance
- Site-Specific Performance
Laboratory (15 credits)
This module takes the shape of a highly experimental performance laboratory. You will be encouraged to explore, to take risks, to be self-reflexive and critically engaged. You will engage in depth with your specialist area through a series of workshop/seminars, related self-led, option-based learning exercises (autocours) and critical reading. Running in parallel to these classes you will have a series of Personal and Professional Development workshops with alumni artists working in the different areas.
Projects (30 credits)
You will be encouraged to be experimental to take risks and push the boundaries of contemporary performance making and thinking. This module aims to provide the space for you to build on your previous learning, as well as to broaden your understanding of performance practices and history.
Live Art/Performance Art
By choosing this specialism, you will critically engage with experiencing, making and reflecting upon performance at the boundaries and between genres. You will explore performance that might take unconventional and or radical forms and actions and that plays with liveness, interaction and immediacy. You will gain the abilities to choose and develop your own generating material, to self-direct, self-train, compose and design as appropriate, to programme and manage a Live Art/Performance Art research, development, and rehearsal process with discipline, to document/archive, score, and evaluate your own work, and your peers.
This specialism focuses on critically engaging with, experiencing, making and reflecting upon performance that is born out of devising processes. You will gain the abilities to choose and develop your own generating material, to self-direct, self-train, compose and design as appropriate, and to programme and manage a Devised Performance.
Acting and Solo Performance
Acting and Solo Performance focuses on acting as an independent creative practice and offers you the opportunity to conceive, develop and realise your Theatre Making 3 projects as solo, autonomous performers. You'll be able to choose between performing an already-existing text/score or devising/writing/composing your own work. The module is broad enough to reflect a range of contemporary practices, yet focused enough to provide a space for in-depth development of skills in and understanding of acting.
Text and Performance
This option focuses on the creative interaction between writing, dramaturgy, directing and performance – from generating written text to the live theatrical event. We will examine the different ways that writers, directors, actors and dramaturges can collaborate together to compose a text. We will reference existing texts and use a variety of experiential dramaturgical processes to generate and explore new ones. Texts may include new plays, radical re-workings of existing texts, adaptations from other media and verbatim.
Site-specific Performance focuses on the place of performance as a starting point for your independent projects and considers the role of the performance site (its history, architecture, socio-political context) in shaping those projects. You'll be encouraged to take risks and push the boundaries of contemporary site-specific performance making and thinking whilst engaging critically and creatively with the genre. The option aims to provide the space to build on your previous learning, to broaden your understanding of contemporary performance making, and to develop a critical and practical understanding of site-specific performance practices/histories.