Actor and Text

The details
East 15 Acting School
Southend Campus
Undergraduate: Level 4
Tuesday 22 April 2025
Friday 27 June 2025
21 April 2023


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BA W496 Acting and Community Engagement

Module description

This first year acting module provides opportunities for students to apply the introductory learning of EA131 and EA132 to more demanding textual and acting challenges. You will continue to advance your actor training through a focused approach to the theatre of a particular period.

The work of this module will progress into second year when it will inform and support the devising of text.

Module aims

To provide students with opportunities to:

  • work on texts in heightened language that demands bold choices in character, and depth and breadth of emotional response

  • relate form and style with the content of a play

  • apply detailed and accurate research methods

Module learning outcomes

By the end of this module you will be able to demonstrate application of:

  1. Professional potential: range, focus, presence

  2. Commitment: energy, positive attitude, personal contribution

  3. Creative Inventiveness: fresh responses, spontaneity in a range of experiences

  4. Flexibility & Sensitivity to Change: responsiveness to others and to direction

  5. Ensemble Acting: adaptability, generosity, awareness of relationships

  6. Objective self-assessment: awareness of own strengths and weaknesses as an actor, ability to accept criticism and act upon it

  7. Research Skills: e.g. character choices, accurate period identification

  8. Textual Comprehension: understanding and interpreting language and plot

  9. Creative Repetition: concentration, synthesis of technique, individuality, appropriate connection, consistency

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

Students work with tutors in group practical classes. Learning also takes place in workshops, supervised and unsupervised rehearsals and performances. Key improvisation exercises are set throughout the course with feedback from tutors and peers. Students will show scenes to staff and peers. Formative feedback is given by the tutor.



Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting

Additional coursework information

Continuous assessment through observation of contribution to class work and showings.

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

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Coursework Exam
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Module supervisor and teaching staff



External examiner

No external examiner information available for this module.
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No lecture recording information available for this module.


Further information
East 15 Acting School

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