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CREW210: Writing for the stage


Department: English Literature and Creative Writing NCF Level: FHEQ/QCF/NQF4//RQF4
Study Level: Part II (yr 2) Credit Points: 15.0
Start Date: 09-10-2017 End Date: 15-12-2017
Available for Online Enrolment?: Y Enrolment Restriction: Fully available to all students
Module Convenor: Mr TS Hayer

Syllabus Rules and Pre-requisites

  • Prior to CREW210, the student must have successfully completed:

CMod description

  • Course Aims and Objectives:

    The module aims to enable students to write for the theatre and develop their awareness of the processes by which a written script makes its way to performance. Students will be taught through weekly seminars/creative writing workshops in which they will explore the effects that different staging approaches and performance strategies have on their scripts. There will be a performance showcase in which students will be actively involved; the showcase will allow students to reflect upon their work in the light of audience feedback. Over the course of the module, they will develop their own writing styles and gain an awareness of the professional requirements of playwriting.

Curriculum Design: Outline Syllabus

  • Students will be taught through a combination of both workshops and seminars. The early stages of the module will explore key elements of writing for the stage with students writing in response to the weekly subject. Later weeks of the module will be given over to more intensive workshopping of students’ own work as they prepare scripts for a performance event in week nine. At present, this event will consist of a series of script-in-hand performances with student actors and directors. Week 10 will reflect on the performance process.

    Topics covered in the module will typically include: dramatic structure; the anatomy of a scene; character creation; dialogue and monologues – ‘realistic’ and ‘stylized’ language; conflict and status shifts.

Curriculum Design: Single, Combined or Consortial Schemes to which the Module Contributes

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    This module will be available to Creative Writing, English Literature, Theatre single or joint majors.

     

  • 100% Coursework

Assessment: Details of Assessment

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    Students will write a 3500 word play script (approximately 20 pages) and a 1500 word essay reflecting on the writing, rehearsal and performance process.

     

Educational Aims: Subject Specific: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • The module aims to enable students to write for the theatre and develop their awareness of the processes by which a written script makes its way to performance. Students will explore the effects of different staging approaches and performance strategies have on their scripts. Through the final performance event where their work will be shown, they will also reflect upon their work in the light of audience feedback. They will develop their own writing styles and gain an awareness of the professional requirements of playwriting.

Educational Aims: General: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • Student will develop:

    1. Their abilities to work independently and in group settings.
    2. Their editing and redrafting skills.
    3. Their time and project management skills.

Learning Outcomes: Subject Specific: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • On successful completion of this module students will be able to:

    1. Show understanding of dramatic structure, language and staging approaches, and apply this knowledge to their own playwriting.
    2. Show understanding of the transformative processes that occur in the development of written work for performance on stage, and will be able to analyse their own work in this context.
    3. To create their own scripts for performance.

Learning Outcomes: General: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • On successful completion of this module students will be able to:

    1. Critique their own creative work.
    2. Understand approaches to structuring dialogue and narratives, and will apply these in their own creative work.
    3. Redraft their own work in the light of feedback.

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