General information

Course type AMUPIE
Module title Stage and Screen: Performance and Film Interrelated
Language English
Module lecturer prof. dr hab. Grzegorz Ziółkowski
Lecturer's email
Lecturer position Professor
Faculty Faculty of Polish and Classical Philology
Semester 2024/2025 (summer)
Duration 30
USOS code 03-AP-SS


  1. The course begins on 7 March 2025
  2. Classes: Fridays, 9:45 am – 11:15 am
  3. Office hours: Mondays, 8:30–9:30 am
  4. Place: The Theatre Studio in Collegium Maius, 10 Fredry str. (entrance from the library hall, from Kowalczyka lane)


Students are assessed on the base of their:

  1. active participation in the classes (40% of the grade)
  2. a 1,000-word essay written individually (10% of the grade)
  3. a pair theatre scene (20% of the grade)
  4. a 2,000-word essay written with a partner (30% of the grade).


  1. 90–100% = 5 / A
  2. 85–89% = 4,5 / B
  3. 75–84% = 4 / C
  4. 70–74% = 3,5 / D
  5. 60–69% = 3 / E
  6. 0–59% = 2 / F (Failed)

Assessment criteria

  1. meeting deadlines
  2. level of preparation for the classes
  3. quality of pair theatre scenes, including distribution of workload and collaboration between partners
  4. quality of essays written individually and in pairs, including approach to the subject matter, academic references, language precision, editorial high-standard, distribution of workload and collaboration between partners.

Module aim (aims)

The course aims to teach how to:

  1. employ practice-as-research approach at the intersection of page, stage, and screen
  2. conduct analyses of dramas and films
  3. interpret contemporary dramas and films
  4. share the results of analytic and interpretative efforts in essay form.

Pre-requisites in terms of knowledge, skills and social competences (where relevant)

  1. English at B2 level (upper intermediate)
  2. genuine interest in drama, film, and theatre.


Class 1

Introduction and guidelines

The course’s aims, work plan, work materials, assessment and its criteria. Guidelines for students’ individual and pair interpretative essays.



Class 2

Interrelations of contemporary stage and screen

Problematics overview with audiovisual examples.

Lecture with Q&A


Class 3

Acting work session

Acting work session focused on partner work and group collaboration.

Work session


Classes 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8

From page and stage to screen (1)

Contemporary medicalization of life and the art of dying in Margaret Edson’s drama W;t (1993) and Mike Nichols’ television movie Wit (2001).

Lecture with Q&A, performative readings, seminars, and workshops


Classes 9, 10, 11, 12, and 13

From page and stage to screen (2)

The destructive impact of war on individual human lives in Wajdi Mouawad’s play Scorched (2003, Eng. trans. by Linda Gaboriau 2009) and Denis Villeneuve’s film Incendies (2010).

Lecture with Q&A, performative readings, seminars, and workshops


Class 14

Theatre scenes

Presentations of pair scenes from Scorched.


Class 15

Essays and conclusion

Discussion on the students’ pair essays on Scorched / Incendies.

Summary, feedback, and grades.

Reading list


  1. Edson, Margaret. W;t. Faber and Faber, 1999, pp. 85.
  2. Rimmon-Kenan, Shlomith. “Margaret Edson’s ‘Wit’ and the Art of Analogy.” Style, vol. 40, no. 4, 2006, pp. 346–356.
  3. Ziółkowski, Grzegorz. “Cultivating the Art of Dying: Margaret Edson’s ‘W;t’ Between Page and Screen.” Przestrzenie Teorii, vol. 36, 2021, pp. 175–195.
  4. Dahab, Elizabeth. “Of Broken Promises and Mended Lives: The War-Ravaged World of Wajdi Mouawad.” Dahab, Elizabeth. Voices of Exile in Contemporary Canadian Francophone Literature, Lexington Books, 2011, pp. 135–139, 143–153, 166–169.
  5. Mouawad, Wajdi. Scorched. Translated by Linda Gaboriau. Playwrights Canada Press, 2009, pp. 135.
  6. Ziółkowski, Grzegorz. “About ‘Scorched’.” Ziółkowski, Grzegorz. Texts From the Heart. [Private publishing], 2021, pp. 59–63.


  1. Wit. Directed by Mike Nichols, performances by Eileen Atkins, Christopher Lloyd, Audra McDonald, Emma Thompson, and Jonathan M. Woodward, produced by Simon Bosanquet, 2001 [98’].
  2. Incendies. Directed by Denis Villeneuve, performances by Lubna Azabal, Mélissa Désormeaux-Poulin, Maxim Gaudette, and Rémy Girard, produced by Luc Déry and Kim McCraw, 2010 [130’].