Improvised Living History

The details
East 15 Acting School
East15 (Loughton) Campus
Undergraduate: Level 4
Sunday 25 April 2021
Friday 02 July 2021
02 April 2019


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BA W411 Acting,
BA W83A Acting (International)

Module description

This first year acting module takes place in Term Three and is a unique and defining element of the East 15 training. It provides students with opportunities to play out the life of a character under simulated rather than 'staged' conditions in order to understand more fully the true meaning of the character's experience and emotional depths.

Module aims

- To consolidate research methods and their importance in improvisation and character relationships
- To deepen students’ understanding of human behaviour and roles in life
- To reinforce students’ ability to work creatively as part of an ensemble
- To provide opportunities for characters to live in the moment
- To allow characters to adapt promptly and spontaneously without pre-empting outcomes

Module learning outcomes

By the end of this module you will be able to demonstrate:
- Professional potential: range, focus and presence in improvised work
- Commitment: energy, positive attitude, personal contribution in the recreation of a living history project
- Creative Inventiveness: fresh responses, spontaneity in a range of experiences
- Flexibility & Sensitivity to Change: responsiveness to others and to direction
- 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 documentation
- Application of research to practice
- Textual Comprehension: understanding and interpreting language and plot
- Creative Repetition: concentration, synthesis of technique, individuality, appropriate connection, consistency

Module information

First year students of BA Acting and Contemporary Theatre do not participate in this module.

Learning and teaching methods

- Students work with tutors in small group practical classes. - Learning also takes place in lectures, workshops and presentations. - Independent research - At the end of the project students will receive verbal tutor feedback in a group session. - Students will also be given individual report cards at the end of Term Three containing formative feedback and tutors' written comments


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Practical   Continuous Assessment     

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 Philip Weaver, email: prweaver@essex.ac.uk.
Gerry McAlpine and staff
East 15 Acting School Hatfields Campus Rectory Lane Loughton, IG10 3RY



External examiner

Mr Anthony Richard Clark
Prof Robert Gordon
Goldsmiths University
Available via Moodle
No lecture recording information available for this module.


Further information
East 15 Acting School

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