In addition the activities in the text book, the additional activities per week, AND the 'writing gym', my tutor has also added this as a tutorial:
1) I want you to stage ROMEO & JULIET in the round, on a proscemium stage, on a thrust stage as a promenade. How do you think it changes the play.
2) NOW, take a favourite film of yours and select a dramatic scene in which something important is revealed. Use a split stage technique in the round or promenade. How does it change the script? How does it effect the dialogue?
Is it me or do both of those sound far more complicated and time consuming than can be justified by the possible learning? Plus, this is a writing course, not a theatre course. (Bearing in mind this is the tutor who told me that drama is not a "genre". Plato would disagree).
Anyway, goodness knows how much time this man thinks people have. I HAVE plenty of time generally but there's no way I have enough to keep up with the tidal wave of activities, even the ones I can see the point of.