PERF06095 2019 Introduction to Technical Theatre

General Details

Full Title
Introduction to Technical Theatre
Transcript Title
Introduction to Technical The
80 %
Subject Area
PERF - Performing Arts
YADA - Yeats Academy Art Dsgn & Arch
06 - NFQ Level 6
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Rhona Trench, Niall Rea, Niall Colleary
Programme Membership
SG_APERF_H08 201900 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Performing Arts SG_APERF_B07 201900 Bachelor of Arts in Art in Performing Arts (Theatre Design) SG_APERA_B07 201900 Bachelor of Arts in Performing Arts (Acting) SG_APERT_B07 201900 Bachelor of Arts in Performing Arts (Theatre Design)

Mounting a  theatrical production is essentially teamwork, teamwork which depends on the creativity of administrators and craftspeople, performers, directing staff and stage crew. This module allow the student to begin to explore this process whilst also focusing on the technical aspects of the theatre environment and  certain aspects of stage management.

An introduction to stage management in the performing arts. The learner explores the roles of stage manager and technician in the production and running of a stage performance, and teaches the practical skills of stage management and technical control.

Topics include script analysis, schedules, cue markings and prompt scripts, organisational requirements, using stage equipment, technical rehearsals and show calling.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


have an understanding of the use of a prompt copy, which defines actors' movements and calls, technical cues, scenic elements, and props 


be familiar with the role of the stage manager in the various stages of a production process.


develop the skill of script analysis for technical/production information


understand the production needs of the rehearsal process


develop an understanding of the cue system inherent in staging a script


demonstrate an understanding of OH&S issues and take appropriate actions where necessary.


demonstrate a familiarity with the configuration and operation of the lighting , sound & multimedia equipment found in a modern theatre /performance space.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Principles of technique are embodied through theorised praxis. Classroom activity is supported by a range of reading materials.

Teaching takes place in a  weekly workshop setting where the student is guided through a series of group and individual activities designed to introduce the learner to production processes.  Students will also be familiarised with the theatre as a particular type of working environment with it's own vernacular,codes of practise and technical processes.Attention will be paid to stage lighting processes and sound effects.


Students keep reflective journals of their activities.

Module Assessment Strategies

  1. Prompt copy                            30%
  2. Contribution and participation    30%
  3. Written examination                 40%

Repeat Assessments

Repeat Exam and Assignment/Project

Indicative Syllabus


Stage Management (DSM)

  1. Script analysis
  2. Cue Marking
  3. Developing prompt script.
  4. Pre-rehearsal tasks
  5. Get in period
  6. Calling and running the show.
  7. Post show responsibility.
  8. Health and safety issues.

Lighting & Sound

  1. Lighting terminology.
  2. Lighting equipment
  3. Rigging/focusing & plotting
  4. The lighting board
  5. The sound desk
  6. Marking a script for Lx & Sx cues.

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
60 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
40 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Performance Evaluation Coursework Assessment UNKNOWN 30 % OnGoing 2,4,5,6
2 Performance Evaluation (Prompt Script) Coursework Assessment UNKNOWN 30 % OnGoing 1,2,4,5,7

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final Exam Final Exam UNKNOWN 40 % End of Term 2,3,6,7

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Supervision Performance Space Rehearsal room 3 Weekly 3.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Bond, D. Stage management: A gentle art. London: Black. 1991.

Palmer, S. The essential guide to stage management lighting and sound London : Hodder & Stoughton, 2000

Reid, F.. The staging handbook. London: Black. 2001.

Reid, F.. The stage lighting  handbook. A & C Black, 2001, (2004)


Journal Resources


URL Resources

Moodle page

Other Resources

Moodle online learning resource.

QLab software

Additional Information