Extension of Acting Methodology

The details
East 15 Acting School
East15 (Loughton) Campus
Undergraduate: Level 5
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)

Module description

This second year module takes place in Term Two. Students will extend the work of EA211 to develop their performance technique and heighten awareness of the importance of relationships between characters. Texts chosen for this module will be based on the repertoire of Classic Naturalism and will include the work of Chekhov, Gorky, Gogal and other great dramatic studies of human behaviour such as Ibsen or Strindberg. An important theme of the module is the conflict of old ideologies with the emerging new world.

Module Content
In this module you will deepen your absorption in the world of the character, examining the minutiae of human behaviour, which leads towards specificity and transformation. Working on longer scenes or full length plays you will experience the importance of charting the 'through line of action' for your characters, and on communicating increasingly complex emotional life through integration of technique. You will begin to demonstrate development of subtlety in your character creation through working on naturalistic texts, in which so much of a play's content is unspoken or left unsaid. Relationships will be explored in detail to further develop your insight and analytical skills, and to enlarge the possibilities on which you can draw, outside your own experience. Technical terminology is introduced, as is the beginning of awareness of communication with an audience.

Module aims

To encourage students to:
- Create fully the world of the play
- Become more subtle in their character creation
- Develop their ability to communicate with an audience
- Apply acting methodology in more challenging situations.
- Expand their understanding of human nature and relationships

Module learning outcomes

By the end of the module you will be able to demonstrate ability to:
- Find and communicate connection between text, character & situation.
- Sustain creativity through fresh responses to material & fellow actors.
- Transform into character through rehearsal choices.
- Take and build on Director’s notes.
- Exercise flexibility & sensitivity to change within the process.
- Show commitment, positive attitude, discipline and focus.
- Communicate character through voice, speech, physicality & movement.
- Be aware of strengths/weaknesses, as an actor & within the project.
- Accept, understand & act on criticism.
- Show breadth & relevance of research material from a variety of sources.
- Integrate research into the work.
- Accomplish individual & personal goals.
- Extend range, confidence & realisation of potentia

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

- Students work with tutors in group practical classes. - Learning also takes place in presentations, workshops and supervised and unsupervised rehearsals - Independent study and research - Verbal and written formative assessment and tutor feedback in group sessio


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
Mr Zois Pigadas, email: zpigadas@essex.ac.uk.
Mr Philip Weaver, email: prweaver@essex.ac.uk.
East 15 Acting School



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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