Improvised Living History

The details
East 15 Acting School
Southend Campus
Undergraduate: Level 4
Tuesday 22 April 2025
Friday 27 June 2025
31 March 2021


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BA W496 Acting and Community Engagement

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

Module Aims
1. To consolidate research methods and their importance in improvisation and character relationships
2. To deepen students’ understanding of human behavior and roles in life
3. To reinforce students’ ability to work creatively as part of an ensemble
4. To provide opportunities for characters to respond in the moment
5. To allow characters to adapt promptly and spontaneously without pre-empting outcomes.
6. To sustain character for lengthy periods

Module learning outcomes

By the end of this module you will be able to demonstrate sustained application of:
1. Professional potential: range, focus and presence in improvised work
2. Commitment: energy, positive attitude, personal contribution in the recreation of a living history project
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: in-depth interviews, objective observation, selection of appropriate material, accurate documentation
8. Application of research to practice
9. Textual Comprehension: understanding and interpreting language and plot
10. 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 lectures, workshops and presentations. Independent research. During and at the end of the project students will receive verbal tutor feedback.


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography for this year.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Practical   Continuous Assesssment     

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



External examiner

No external examiner information available for this module.
Available via Moodle
No lecture recording information available for this module.


Further information
East 15 Acting School

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