Verbatim Theatre and Contemporary Scene Study

The details
East 15 Acting School
East15 (Loughton) Campus
Undergraduate: Level 4
Monday 13 January 2020
Friday 20 March 2020
02 April 2019


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BA W411 Acting,
BA W83A Acting (International),
BA W441 Acting and Contemporary Theatre

Module description

Students will work in groups to study scenes from a contemporary play, learning how to divide a scene into units
of action, how to discover objectives for a character and use the text to discover information – about the play, its
themes and characters. You will workshop scenes in your groups, practising your learning from the early part of
the course. By the end of this block of work you will be able to find a character's through line and recreate work
achieved during the rehearsal process

Module aims

To provide students with opportunities to:
- Work on material that demands truthful and in-depth investigation
- Apply detailed and accurate research methods
- Put acting methods and theory to use in acting a piece of text

Module learning outcomes

By the end of this module you will be able to demonstrate:
- Professional potential: range, focus, presence in verbatim theatre and contemporary scenes
- Commitment: energy, positive attitude, personal contribution to the group
- Creative inventiveness: fresh responses, spontaneity in a range of experiences taken from real life and from
- Flexibility & sensitivity to change: responsiveness to others and to direction in verbatim theatre and
contemporary scenes
- Ensemble acting: adaptability, generosity, awareness of relationships
- Objective self-assessment: awareness of own strengths and weaknesses as an actor, ability to accept
criticism and act upon it
- Research skills: in-depth interviews, objective observation, selection of appropriate material, accurate

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

- Students work with tutors in group practical classes, workshops, rehearsals, improvisation and discussion. - Oral formative assessment and tutor feedback. Written formative assessment and feedback in written reports


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Practical   Contemporary Scene Study     

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%


Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Ms Gerry McAlpine, email: gmcalp@essex.ac.uk.
Mr Zois Pigadas, email: zpigadas@essex.ac.uk.
Mr Uri Roodner, email: uroodn@essex.ac.uk.
Mr Philip Weaver, email: prweaver@essex.ac.uk.
Gerry McAlpine
East 15 Acting School Hatfields Campus Rectory Lane Loughton, IG10 3RY



External examiner

Dr Kerrie Vanessa Schaefer
The University of Exeter
Senior Lecturer
Ms Joyce Henderson
Joyce Henderson
Freelance Theatre Maker
Available via Moodle
No lecture recording information available for this module.


Further information
East 15 Acting School

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