DRAM7007 - Performance Ensemble 3

Title:Performance Ensemble 3
Long Title:Performance Ensemble 3
Module Code:DRAM7007
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Intermediate
Field of Study: Drama
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2017/18 ( September 2017 )
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: Deirdre Collins
Module Author: TRINA SCOTT
Module Description: This module develops the learner's exploration of characterisation and performance approaches, introducing the work of Bertolt Brecht. His approach will be explored both in isolation and in relation to key texts. His influence on contemporary practitioners will also be explored.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 outline the key components of Bertolt Brecht's approach
LO2 demonstrate an informed and creative ability to apply Brechtian theory to practice
LO3 utilise Brecht's rehearsal techniques
LO4 reflect critically on Brecht's work practice and its application in performance
LO5 reflect on the impact of Brecht's work on theatre today
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named MTU module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).

12942 DRAM6006 Performance Ensemble 2
Incompatible Modules
These are modules which have learning outcomes that are too similar to the learning outcomes of this module. You may not earn additional credit for the same learning and therefore you may not enrol in this module if you have successfully completed any modules in the incompatible list.
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Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed. You may not enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section.

No requirements listed

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Bertolt Brecht in Context
Overview of Brecht's approach and his place in theatre history
Brecht's Theatrical Writing
Mother Courage; The Caucasian Chalk Circle; Fear and Misery in the Third Reich; The Threepenny Opera
Critical Reflection
Critically reflect on working practices and modes of rehearsal
Brecht in Rehearsal
Alienation effect, Gestus, epic play, epic actor, epic stage, set and lighting
Script Analysis
A variety of texts will be studied and worked on in the light of Brecht's rehearsal techniques
Brecht's Influence Today
The influence of Brecht on contemporary theatre
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Essay Aspects of Bertolt Brecht's approach 1,4,5 30.0 Week 8
Practical/Skills Evaluation Continuous evaluation of class work 1,2,3 30.0 Every Week
Presentation A showcase of set texts 2,3,4 40.0 Sem End
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
Coursework Only
This module is reassessed solely on the basis of re-submitted coursework. There is no repeat written examination.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lab Twice weekly studio sessions of two hours 4.0 Every Week 4.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Practical and theoretical exploration of course work 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Brecht, Bertolt and Willett, John 1977, Brecht On Theatre: The Development of an Aesthetic, Hill and Wang New York [ISBN: 9780809005420]
  • Unwin, Stephen 2014, The Complete Brecht Toolkit, Nick Hern London [ISBN: 9781854595508]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Barnett, David 2014, Brecht in Practice: Theatre, Theory and Performance, Methuen London [ISBN: 9781408185032]
  • Brecht, Bertolt 2005, The Threepenny Opera, Methuen [ISBN: 9780413774521]
  • Brecht, Bertolt and Bentley, Eric 2013, Fear and Misery in the Third Reich, Samuel French [ISBN: 9780573701597]
  • Brecht, Bertolt and Kushner, Tony 2010, Mother Courage and Her Children, Methuen London [ISBN: 9780713685947]
  • Brecht, Bertolt and McGuiness, Frank 2008, The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Methuen London [ISBN: 9780713685947]
  • Fuegi, John 1987, Bertolt Brecht: Chaos, According to Plan, Cambridge University Press Cambridge [ISBN: 9780521282451]
  • Hodge, Alison 2010, Actor Training, 2nd Ed., Routledge London [ISBN: 9780415471688]
  • Holmberg, Arthur 2005, The Theatre of Robert Wilson (Directors in Perspective), Cambridge University Press Cambridge [ISBN: 9780521367325]
  • Mumford, Meg 2009, Bertolt Brecht, Routledge London and New York [ISBN: 9780415375092]
  • Shyer, Laurence 1990, Robert Wilson and His Collaborators, Theatre Communications Group New York [ISBN: 9780930452971]
  • Thomson, Peter and Sacks, Glendyr 2007, The Cambridge Companion to Brecht, CUP Cambridge [ISBN: 9780521673846]
  • Vorlicky, Robert 1998, Tony Kushner in Conversation, University of Michigan Press Ann Arbor [ISBN: 9780472066612]
  • Wekwerth, Manfred and Braun, Rebecca 2011, Daring to Play: A Brecht Companion, Routledge London and New York [ISBN: 9780415569699]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
This module does not have any other resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_GTHDR_8 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Theatre and Drama Studies 3 Mandatory