Contextual Studies I

The details
East 15 Acting School
East15 (Loughton) Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 4
Thursday 03 October 2024
Friday 27 June 2025
31 March 2021


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BA W411 Acting,
BA W411MV Acting,
BA W83A Acting (International),
BA W441 Acting and Contemporary Theatre

Module description

Actors spend their entire careers speaking other people's words and trying to imagine how other people think. Contextual Studies is intended to help students to observe, to make rational sense of their observations and to put their own ideas into their own words as part of seminar discussion and in writing.

Module aims

To encourage students to:
- Develop an understanding of theatre history and of how theatre reflects its times
- Understand texts of ensemble theatre and theatre in the community
- Express themselves objectively in oral and written form
- See, read and discuss plays
- Formulate their own objective and personal theatre criticism

Module learning outcomes

By the end of this module you will be able to:
- prepare a creative scene presentation to an original story or assignment brief
- work as part of an ensemble/ team-work
- present a structured argument and express ideas in class and in writing
- demonstrate critical evaluation orally and in written form
- use appropriate research effectively to prepare written and practical assignments

Module information

* All students must comply with the East 15 Professional Code of Conduct

Learning and teaching methods

- Students are expected to use independent study for research, class preparation and for producing/preparing assignments - Learning also takes place in seminars, workshops, presentations and performances - Formative feedback and tutor comments on essay and presentation evaluation report


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   Written Assignment    30% 
Coursework   RED BOOK PART 1    40% 
Practical   Scene Presentation    30% 

Additional coursework information

Term 1: 5-10 minute scene presentation to a specific theatre history/story brief. Assessment will be based on preparation, creativity of scene or text, relevance to the original story or assignment brief, overall Performance and ensemble or team-work Term 2: 1,000-word Written Assignment to be submitted in Week 1 of Term Three Term 3: Assessment of Personal Record of Analysis and Reflection, ‘The Red Book' Scene Presentation 30% Written Assignment 30% Personal Record 40%

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
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Coursework Exam
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Module supervisor and teaching staff
Mr Zois Pigadas, email: zpigadas@essex.ac.uk.
Zois PIgadas and staff
East 15 Acting School Hatfields Campus Rectory Lane Loughton, IG10 3RY



External examiner

Ms Lucy Skilbeck
Available via Moodle
No lecture recording information available for this module.


Further information
East 15 Acting School

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