Shakespeare and Elizabethan Verse Drama

The details
East 15 Acting School
East15 (Loughton) Campus
Undergraduate: Level 5
Sunday 25 April 2021
Friday 02 July 2021
10 January 2020


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BA W411 Acting,
BA W83A Acting (International)

Module description

The work of this module tests the progress of students' acting methodology, technique and ability to the full. Exploration is undertaken on the breadth and variety of writing during this expansive period in history, to appreciate why Shakespeare towers over his contemporaries.

Working on a full play, students will experience the demands of speaking verse and prose with equal ease, dexterity and clarity. You will be encouraged to make strong character decisions and integrate technical skills fully into the life of a character. Practical project work will enable you to gain an understanding of the requirements of a technical team in preparation for the professional training of the final year.

Module aims

The module aims to encourage students to:

1. Make bold character choices and execute them with freedom and specificity.

2. Communicate a complex and demanding text with ease, confidence and sophistication.

3. Take creative responsibility for their own work.

4. Contribute fully to the work of the company.

5. Integrate technical skills into the life of the character in a sustained way

Module learning outcomes

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

1. Find and communicate connection between text, character & situation.
2. Sustain creativity through fresh responses to material & fellow actors.
3. Transform into character through rehearsal choices.
4. Take and build on Director’s notes.
5. Exercise flexibility & sensitivity to change within the process.
6. Show commitment, positive attitude, discipline and focus.
7. Communicate character through voice, speech, physicality & movement.
8. Be aware of strengths/weaknesses, as an actor & within the project.
9. Accept, understand & act on criticism.
10. Show breadth & relevance of research material from a variety of sources.
11. Integrate research into the work.
12. Accomplish individual & personal goals.
13. Extend range, confidence & realisation of potential

Module information

In this module you will be encouraged to sustain in a consistent way elements explored in previous modules, as well as integrating the technical aspects required by these physically and vocally demanding texts. You will be asked to show courage in taking risks within your character creation, and marry bold strokes with intricate detail.

You will work to demonstrate well developed and truthfully expressed relationships, connecting in an organic way the emotional inner life of a character, with the external communication of that life to an audience. You will be expected to be in charge of your creative choices bringing ideas of your own to the director of the project, and to contribute fully to the company as a whole.

You will gain a deeper understanding of verse, phrasing, colour and the breathing demands of extended thoughts and ideas within a complex structure, and learn to incorporate the heightened language, into your personal thought process.

Learning and teaching methods

Students work with tutors in small group practical classes. Learning also takes place in presentations, workshops, supervised and unsupervised rehearsals and performance. Independent study and research Oral formative assessment and tutor feedback is given in group session


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   Continuous Assessment     

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%


Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
For further information email jcolby@essex.ac.uk



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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