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This subject engages with the theoretical, practical and technical aspects of script writing for performance. Through a rigorous examination of the work of key artists and writing from the 1960s onwards, students will devise concepts for radical performance and enhance their scriptwriting practice. Student will produce a critical essay and two scripts for performance: a solo piece or monologue; and a script for a collective; as well as workshopping their ideas in class.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students should have:
- a sophisticated understanding of, and the ability to articulate, the conceptual relationship between historical developments and current approaches to radical scriptwriting for performance;
- engaged with key debates within the area of performance writing and live art to enhance an awareness of the social, cultural and political contexts that underpin their own work;
- the ability to independently devise, draft and develop multiple scriptwriting projects with a rigorous approach to creative writing methods, intellectual honesty and ethical values;
- demonstrated high-level analysis and close reading of a variety of critical and creative material with an emphasis on contemporary performance; and
- developed an understanding of the importance of workshopping as a creative and vocational tool wherein participants from diverse cultural backgrounds and disciplines communicate and collaborate.
At the completion of this subject, student should gain the following generic skills:
- the ability to prepare and present their ideas in both verbal and written mode at an intermediate level and in conformity to conventions of academic presentation;
- the ability to demonstrate teamwork through joint performance preparation and participation in discussion and workshopping;
- the ability to enhance their vocational writing skills and knowledge of communication techniques through the design and development of an original work for performance;
- the ability to give and respond to constructive feedback through workshopping and class discussion;
- research skills through competent use of the library and other information sources, defining areas of enquiry and effective methods of research; and
- the ability to demonstrate time management, independent organisation and planning.
Last updated: 25 January 2023