Module Catalogue 2022/23

SEL2226 : Theatre Script Workshop

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Zoe Cooper
  • Owning School: English Lit, Language & Linguistics
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
Pre Requisites
Code Title
SEL1000Introduction to Creative Writing
SEL2215Creative Practice
SEL1031Drama, Theatre & Performance
Pre Requisite Comment

Pre-requisite SEL1000 is for QW38 students only.
All students should have taken SEL2215 OR SEL1031, though students who do not have these pre-requisites may apply to the Module Leader.

Co Requisites
Co Requisite Comment



Exploration of students own individual and unique voices in the context of writing for the contemporary theatrical stage. Specifically:

1. Development of the craft skills of writing for theatre e.g. plot, setting, scene development, dialogue, pace, etc.
2. Development of critical skills in watching, reading and writing about contemporary theatre.
3. Experience in drafting and revising in response to a range of feedback and reading.

Outline Of Syllabus

Students will attend seminars which will focus on the drafting process and may include reading and discussing student work.

Students will have discursive workshop/lectures, contemporary plays will be discussed and craft exercises undertaken.

Students will watch plays (in person or online) and attend a cross-module discussion group, Play Club in order to present on and discuss what they have watched.

There will also be individual and pair tutorials to be scheduled during the semester by teaching staff, during which each student will present a short extract of their own writing for constructive criticism from their tutor, or submission plans may be discussed.

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

1. The students will acquire a familiarity with the basic craft elements of writing for contemporary theatre.
2. The students will also acquire some insight into the landscape of contemporary theatre and be able to situate their own writing within that landscape.
3. The students will understand how a script will change through drafting and feedback.

Intended Skill Outcomes

1. The ability to create and develop script for theatre.
2. The ability to respond as a writer to watching and reading contemporary plays.
3. The ability to assess and reflect upon their own creative work with constructive rigour in workshop, tutorial and in their self reflective writing.
4. The ability to build on and develop work already underway and engage in the process of editing and revision.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture82:0016:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching102:0020:00Small group seminars.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork32:006:003 x plays to watch in person or online through a 3rd party platform.
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity31:003:003 x 1 hour discussion group of the three plays viewed.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision11:001:001 hour joint supervision with students.
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1153:00153:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision20:301:002 x individual tutorials with students.
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The seminar enables the general principles of the course to be applied through craft exercises and reading and responding to viewing of contemporary plays.

Lecture/Workshops and tutorials focus the student’s attention on the revision process of writing for the stage, and specifically on the unique qualities of their own work which they develop through drafting during Guided Independent Study.

Viewing and discussion of plays ensures students understand the performance context of their work.

Professional visiting speakers will be invited, where possible, to enhance learning and diversity of teaching.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Portfolio2A100A short self contained script (2000 words) for the stage, 300 word synopsis of the same and a self-reflective essay of 1500 words.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Students will submit a short self contained script (amounting to no more than 2000 words) for the stage and an accompanying 300 word synopsis of the same.

A critical essay of 1500 words will also be submitted. In this students should discuss their drafting process, and their principles of selection. They should also discuss craft and plays that they have seen and read in this context. They must include a bibliography as part of this module.

The submission of creative work allows students to develop the range of skills and knowledge associated with the course. The accompanying essay enables to student reflect critically upon their own creative processes, and to relate these to contemporary theatre.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


Disclaimer: The information contained within the Module Catalogue relates to the 2022/23 academic year. In accordance with University Terms and Conditions, the University makes all reasonable efforts to deliver the modules as described. Modules may be amended on an annual basis to take account of changing staff expertise, developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback. Module information for the 2023/24 entry will be published here in early-April 2023. Queries about information in the Module Catalogue should in the first instance be addressed to your School Office.