Unit 1: Critical and creative methods
You will engage with the critical and creative practices of performance research and theatre-making. You will look at transdisciplinary methods of artistic, philosophical and political enquiry.
This will enable you to develop an advanced understanding of contemporary theatre and performance as an expanded field of political and philosophical practice.
You will investigate the performance research and transdisciplinary aesthetic-political methods relevant to your chosen focus. You will form a distinctive practice-based view of the discipline. You will develop your area of critical and creative intervention and enquiry.
These research methods will be introduced through practical workshops, lectures and seminars. They will set out the processes of contemporary artistic intervention and the dynamics of performance research. You will be invited to work with, and through, the compositional practices of making contemporary performance interventions and the methodological practices of conducting performance research.
You will participate in a series of workshops to develop the performance skills and dramaturgical methods required to produce artistic projects and develop concrete artistic interventions.
The project development will be structured to engage with emergent social and political situations. They will identify opportunities for intervention within the field of practice, but also require you to apply and test research questions.
You will develop an interventionist frame for creative practice within the peer group. This will culminate in a group critical reflective activity addressing the viability of the proposed projects and the establishment of productive ways of working.
Opportunities will be provided for you to explore and develop various forms of ideas-generation, problem solving, compositional development, communication and dissemination.
Unit 2: Cultural political practice
The unit will enhance the development of your creative research and compositional methods. This will enable you to focus on the modes of practice required to facilitate your socially and politically engaged theatre and performance practice.
With a politics and philosophy focus, you will be acquiring, developing and refining the critical and practical skills and aesthetic-political competencies required to develop and deliver your intervention. You will be honing the essential dynamics of creative and collaborative practice.
You will bring your developmental project to an appropriate form of realisation. You will reflect upon and analyse relevant case studies. You will also respond to and challenge established modes of practice.
Unit 3: Collaboration
The unit will enable you to extend your collaborative, compositional and research skills through engaging in a cross-, inter- or trans- disciplinary enquiry with other MA Performance courses, MA Theatre and Production Design, or outside your discipline.
This will enable you to look outwards from, and across, the broad spectrum of performance practices. It will allow you to address a key question in the wide range of topics of primary concern to performance as a critical cultural practice.
The unit will enhance your understanding of the collaborative nature of performance research and practice. This will enable you to build ideas, proposals and events with other theatre artists and performance makers as well as other practitioners.
All MA Performance students will engage in cross-course, multi-disciplinary projects with peers from their own and other programmes. Outcomes will be presented in the form of performances, performed lectures, live interventions and visual and written evidence showing the final project whilst evidencing the collaborative nature of the process.
You will be encouraged to engage with a community of practice. This will allow you to explore the graduate attributes needed to negotiate, collaborate and communicate through dialogue at an advanced level.
Periodic critiques, peer review and active discussion will monitor the development of practice and research throughout the unit.
Unit 4: Research and realisation
In the final unit you will complete a self-directed individual, collaborative or collective project. This will be developed out of the critical and creative interventions explored during previous units.
You will refine a research question within your principal area of exploration that motivates the final project. You will then construct appropriate ways to present it. The final project will be shown in, or developed for, a public platform that may also include other work produced throughout the year.
Students will produce an accompanying piece of scholarly work addressing the questions, methods and modes of practice investigated by the performance research project.
Note: 120 Credits must be passed before the final unit is undertaken.