LIT106 : Making Texts

Convenor(s): Dr Frances Babbage


Please note: This module may or may not run in any given semester. Please check with the tutor.

General Information

This module investigates a range of practical approaches to creating theatre that is not derived from a playscript or other text previously written for performance. Working practically and in studio spaces, you will explore contrasting philosophies, methods and starting points for contemporary devised theatre that will help you to extend your own skills in the making of devised ensemble performance. You will also pursue a programme of secondary reading and analysis of primary performance materials that will assist you in developing an appropriate critical vocabulary with which to examine and evaluate these practices.


The module will be taught through practical sessions in studio spaces, during which you will have the opportunity to explore representative approaches and/or texts. These will be supplemented by seminar discussions of key companies, practitioners, themes and methods, supported by background reading and viewings of recorded and live performance. In the second part of the module you will work in groups to create your own devised performances, to be shown in Week 11. As always with practical theatre modules, you will be expected to commit to rehearsal time outside taught sessions.


For this module you will be assessed:

(i) on 1 x 2000 word essay (40%);

(ii) on your practical work for the group project. The mark you receive will reflect (a) your creative, imaginative and analytical contribution to the process of preparing and presenting the group performance and (b) the achievement of the performance as a whole (60%).

Contact Details

Dr Frances Babbage, Tel: 0114 222 8479

Information last changed: Thursday 07th of April 2016 :: 01:16:39 PM (BST)


The University of Sheffield, Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TN, UK