Performance - Theory and Practice


This English-language course combines theoretical study and practical performance of modern plays, focusing on the relationship of an actor and an audience, as well as the unique performance environment of live theatre. Course content includes critical study of several plays, actors training, and the rehearsal of scenes from the plays studied. The course emphasises the students' oral production, merging literary studies and critical thinking with performing arts and creative thinking.

Admission requirements

General entry requiremetns + Civics 1 b / 1a1, English 6


credits 33% final grades 34% national university aptitude test 33%


Syllabus for students autumn 2019

Course Code:
KK161A revision 1.1
Level of specialisation
Main fields of study:
No main fields
Date of ratification:
04 April 2019
Decision-making body:
Faculty of Culture and Society
Enforcement date:
02 September 2019
Replaces Syllabus ratified:
22 February 2018

Entry requirements

General entry requiremetns + Civics 1 b / 1a1, English 6

Specialisation and progression relative to the degree regulations

The course is not part of a main field of study.


The course contains two modules. In Performance Theory, the student will critically study contemporary plays by reading plays, attending seminars and handing in written work for each play studied; in Performance Practice the student will participate in acting seminars, which are practical skills session; students will prepare in groups a scene to perform for each play studied. Due to the nature of the course, i.e. teamwork, students have to attend the acting seminars.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
After finishing the course, the student:

  • can show introductory knowledge of contemporary plays;
  • can show basic knowledge of methods used in literary analysis of dramatic texts, of theatrical terms, and of dramatic literary forms;
  • can demonstrate an understanding of the creative process and theatrical craft and how those inhere in the production of dramatic art and text.
Skills and ability
After finishing the course, the student:
  • can show improved proficiency in English and can speak competently for a variety of purposes, such as public speaking, teaching, and further studies in the performing arts and media.
  • can demonstrate a basic ability to apply methods used in literary analysis of dramatic texts, and can use theatrical terms and dramatic literary forms, in oral and written analysis and in rehearsal;
  • can demonstrate ability to use fundamental acting skills;
Critical skills and approach
After finishing the course, the student:
  • is critically aware of theatre's role as a tool for investigating humanity and society;
  • can demonstrate awareness of the importance of articulation, volume and body language in public speaking;
  • can demonstrate awareness of the importance of self-reflection, and
  • demonstrates awareness and is able to reflect on the role of receiving critique and applying directions.

Learning activities

A combination of resources are available, including lectures, seminars, self-study of course literature, acting seminars, and rehearsals of scene work.
Some learning outcomes can only be met and assessed through attendance to the acting seminars, which are practical skills sessions. Therefore, attendance is mandatory in such seminars.


Performance Theory (7.5 credits) will be examined through
Book Summary (1.5 credits),
Play Analysis I with seminar (3 credits),
Play Analysis II with seminar (3 credits).

Performance Practice (7.5 credits, graded pass/fail) will be examined through
4 Acting seminars with scene work presentations.
1 Method acting seminar (a deepening within one of their 4 scenes)

Due to the nature of the course, i.e. teamwork, students are expected to attend the acting seminars. For re-examination of acting seminars, certain circumstances apply since the examination of these seminars are dependent on student participation during certain periods of time and in specific projects. Re-examination will be given according to the student's rights, but with adjustments to the specific assignment since it cannot be conducted in the same context as the ordinary examination.

Grading system

Excellent (A), Very Good (B), Good (C), Satisfactory (D), Pass (E) or Fail (U).

Course literature and other teaching materials

  • Gunderson, Lauren. (2018). I and You. London: Methuen Drama.
  • Stephens, Simon. (2013) The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. London: Bloomsbury.
  • Albee, Edward. (2004) The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? London: Plume Drama.
  • Albee, Edward. (1994) Three Tall Women. London: Overlook Duckworth.
  • Mayenburg, Marius von. (2007) The Ugly One. London: Methuen Drama.

Course evaluation

The University provides students who participate in or who have completed a course with the opportunity to make known their experiences and viewpoints with regards to
the course by completing a course evaluation administered by the University. The University will compile and summarize the results of course evaluations as well as informing participants of the results and any decisions relating to measures initiated in response to the course evaluations. The results will be made available to the students (HF 1:14).


The education is provided by the Faculty of Culture and Society at the School of Arts and Communication.

Further information

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