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Schedule - Independent Research Option - 2013-14


The IRO module is premised to some degree on the assumption that all students are essentially engaged in related theatre and performance research activities. The module has a weekly timetabled slot, which is Tuesday 9-10.30 in G53 (Millburn), though meetings are occasional rather than weekly. Written dissertation and practice-based option convenors may introduce separate meetings not indicated here. Some meetings in the Autumn and Spring Terms involve all IRO students. However, an essential aspect of the IRO module is that students demonstrate their supportiveness of their peers and so anyone taking this module is expected to attend all other developmental presentations in both Autumn and Spring Terms, as well as all festival events in the Summer Term (ie. both practice-based and written dissertation students) The prime point of contact for all module takers is, in all cases, the allocated supervisor and students should ensure they set up regular consultations with their supervisors as appropriate.

Autumn Term 2013

Week 1

Tue 9-10.30am, G53, all IRO students.

Introduction to the Independent Research Option module

(Jim Davis and Nicolas Whybrow)

Week 2

Tue 9-10.30am, Library seminar room (Floor 2), all IRO students.

Research Tools and References

(Richard Perkins)

Week 4

Deadline for any solo practice-based students contemplating a switch to a written dissertation (in consultation with supervisors and module convenors). Any switch will entail a change of registration.

Week 5

Tue 9-10.30am, G53, written dissertation students.

Research Methodologies

(Jim Davis and Margaret Shewring)

Week 7

Wed 1-10pm, practice-based students

Presentation of research

Week 8

Tue 9-10.30am, G53, written dissertation students.

tba (Jim Davis)

Wed 6-10pm, practice-based students

Presentation of research tba

Spring Term 2014

Week 1

Tue 9-10.30am, G53, written dissertation students.

Work-in-progress presentations of research by written dissertation students.

Week 2

Tue 9-10.30am, G53, written dissertation students.

Work-in-progress presentations of research by written dissertation students.

NB. If necessary, the presentation sessions in Weeks 1 and 2 may be extended slightly in order to accommodate all students.

Week 3

Tue 9-10.30am, G53, practice-based students.

Meeting to plan space and technical needs for work-in-progress rehearsals and presentations in Reading Week.

(Ian O’Donoghue and Nicolas Whybrow)

Week 6 (Reading Week)

Practice-based students to spend week preparing for work-in-progress performances at the end of the week.

Week 7

Tue 9-10.30am, G53, all IRO students.

Presenting Research in Writing (dissertations and critical reviews)

(Margaret Shewring and Nicolas Whybrow)

Week 8

Tue 9-10.30am, G53, practice-based students.

Meeting to plan space and technical needs for Festival preparation and performances in Weeks 1 and 2 of Summer Term.

(Ian O’Donoghue and Nicolas Whybrow)

Week 10

Tue 9-10.30am, G53, written dissertation students.

Meeting to plan panels and scheduling for Festival event in Week 1 of Summer Term

(Margaret Shewring)

Summer Term 2014

Week 1

All IRO students to prepare during week and weekend for Festival taking place in Week 2.

Week 2

Mon/Tue Festival performances and panels.

All IRO students and staff to attend the whole Festival.

Monday Week 5, all IRO students:

Submission of written dissertations and critical reviews