This module explores main traditions across Asia, Americas and Africa as well as continental Europe.

This second-year module will explore concepts and practices of performance and theatre from around the world and how these have influenced the development of the avant-garde in Europe. This module is designed to provide theoretical underpinning and some practical grounding. It will start by looking at ideas of interculturalism, nation/state, cultural identity, specifically at how scholars such as Patrice Pavis, Homi Bhabha and Erika Fischer-Lichte have shaped the study of theatre and forms of cultural encounters. Then, it will move on to look at main traditional forms of theatre in Asia, Africa and Southern America. It will finally go back to modern and contemporary European theatre practices.

This module will foster an interdisciplinary approach: it will make clear links with anthropology, cultural studies, history and film studies and will encourage students to make comparisons between practices and ideas through the employ of a variety of material: archive, video and cinematic material, literary texts and play-texts.

Due to the interdisciplinary nature of this module, this module will be open to all LIFTs students.


The aim is to understand diverse theatrical traditions in terms of their cultural context and from a global transnational perspective, how each tradition is related to one another and cannot be seen in total isolation. This module will be mainly focus on the theory and contexts of Global Theatre and transcultural encounters and will equip students with a specialist knowledge of the notions and traditions explored.

This section will mainly focus on the idea that learning and critical inquiries are based on cross-referencing, cumulative and in-depth acquisition of knowledge. Its structure fosters initiative and independence in research and presentation of work, and collaborative effort in class discussion.
This course is co-taught by tutor-practitioners with extensive experience of working in professional theatre. The Theatre-Making module is the spine of the new MA in Theatre Practice course, and it is divided into two parts (Theatre-Making 1 & 2). Theatre-Making 1 is a 10-week (20 credits) module, which will focus on methodologies in practice-as-research (PaR), examining an array of performance-making techniques, disciplinary approaches and traditions from different critical vantage points – drawing on an eclectic array of case studies/practitioners as exemplars each week, the module will offer intensive practice-led 3-hour workshops to explore artistic approaches in directing, acting, devising, performance art and applied practices.


The aim of this module is to provide a solid grounding in different models and approaches to practice-as-research (PaR), while giving postgraduate students an opportunity to explore PaR methodologies through a variety of theatre-making traditions in Ethnography and Performance, Devising, Performance Art, Performer Training Methods, Directing or Applied Performance.

Theatre-making 1 enables students to creatively explore these diverse fields, while providing the creative freedom to increasingly specialise over the duration of the term in one particular area of research interest. Students will receive formative tutor/peer feedback throughout the term in response to their research proposal and the sharing of practical work-in-progress in a rigorous and energised PaR forum.

Learning Outcomes

1. To prepare students for the rigours or practice-as-research, exploring a range of research strategies, methodologies and approaches to imbricating practice in an original research enquiry.
2. To provide both practical and theoretical insights into Ethnography and Performance, Devising, Performance Art, Performer Training Methods, Directing or Applied Performance in historical and contemporary performance practices.
3. To offer students a chance to engage in experimental exercises to develop the skills necessary for anyone wishing to work as a theatre-maker or practitioner-researcher (and foundations for anyone wishing to progress their research skills to PhD level).
4. To prepare students to undertake independently led practical projects arising from an in-depth process of research and development.