Core Module Information
Module title: Festival Production Playwriting

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 60.00
ECTS credit value: 30

Module code: CLP11134
Module leader: Ian Dunn
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Screen and Performance


Description of module content:

This module is entirely about potentially presenting a new work at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. As a starting point, each writer will work from their reflective analysis of the Festival Workshop presentation. Meeting with mentor and director in the early stages, writers will outline a plan for refining and developing the work. Directors will ensure that there is adequate workshop time built into pre-festival rehearsal schedule, so that you can have the opportunity to hear and watch the work during the developmental process. Also included in these early plans will be a detailed marketing/media campaign.
In addition to the festival production, you will submit a 2-part thesis (approximately 7000 words), which combines critical reflection on the Festival experience, along with a plan of its future development, plus a professional portfolio of writing samples and a career/business plan.

Learning Outcomes for module:

By the end of the module, students will be able to
LO1: Take a draft script from early performance stage to final, polished working script for performance in a semi-professional context.
LO2: Employ a range of advanced strategies for marketing and networking in a professional capacity, and demonstrate an extensive knowledge of how writers work within a professional context, and how to find opportunities/funding for developing new work.
LO3: Articulate an original artistic vision and communicate effectively in collaborative discussions with directors, designers and funding organisations
LO4: Deal with complex artistic issues and make informed judgements under tight deadline requirements
LO5: Demonstrate a self-critical understanding of a range of principles and concepts in writing for the theatre, and an ability to place work comparatively in a specific context.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 3, Face-to-Face, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Ian Dunn
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
At this point students will be engaged largely in self-directed learning, which will take place in practical rehearsal environments, and in meetings with mentors and directors before and during the rehearsal and performance period. (LOs 1, 3, 4). Final thesis papers will reflect upon festival experience, and also include analysis of the specific context in which the play was performed. The business and career plan will include sustained independent enquiry into the contemporary context for new plays and funding/working opportunities for writers (LOs 2 & 5).

Embedding of employability/PDP/Scholarship Skills
The design of this programme is such that all practical modules simulate professional conditions and all theoretical modules inculcate skills that are valued by employers across a range of industries. Specifically, as the culminating module of the degree, both practical and theoretical components should demonstrate advanced professional skills in: accomplished writing, communication, creative-problem solving, collaborative working, a sophisticated understanding of the professional context of new work, and excellent time-management.

Research / teaching linkages
The module will be supported by tutors who are active in the industry and whose professional work and networks will ensure that student practice is up to date and industry-relevant.

Supporting equality and diversity
In the design of this programme, and in its delivery, we are committed to promoting equality of opportunity for all, and to ensuring that no individual is discriminated against. The nature of creating and producing new performance work is such that we feel staff and students will have the opportunity actively to promote multicultural points of view. Small intake across this course ensures that we will be able to respond to students individually, and to employ a variety of teaching and assessment methods to support a student’s learning experience. We will value the diverse experience that students from a wide variety of backgrounds bring to the work and the structure of this programme is such that it gives voice to that variety of experience.

Given the context of our delivery in Edinburgh, and the student residency for at least one if not two of the summer festivals, we are certain that students will be made aware of the international potential for their work, as well as the presence of international practice that can inspire the same in students’ work. Additionally, we hope to target a number of universities internationally in the hope of building a globally diverse cohort each year.

Formative Assessment:
Formative assessment will occur through continuous monitoring in observed rehearsals and tutorials and through peer response in rehearsals, where both individual mentors as well as overall project supervisors for the BA students will be in attendance at regular points.

Summative Assessment:
Summative assessment will be based on the final project and thesis.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Tutorial 5
Independent Learning Practical classes and workshops 595
Total Study Hours600
Expected Total Study Hours for Module600

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Practical Skills Assessment 40 1,3,4 13 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Report 60 2 & 5 15 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 7000
Component 1 subtotal: 40
Component 2 subtotal: 60
Module subtotal: 100

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