Expressionism in Visual Theatre, Physical Theatre and in Text

The details
East 15 Acting School
East15 (Loughton) Campus
Undergraduate: Level 5
Thursday 03 October 2024
Friday 13 December 2024
09 March 2023


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BA W441 Acting and Contemporary Theatre

Module description

This module constitutes Part I of the two-part actor training in the second year in which the emphasis progresses from the foundation training of first year to examine a range of contemporary theatre styles and forms. You will continue to develop your performance skills through the practice of acting, devising, writing and script analysis.

Opportunities will be provided to experiment with expressionism in text, music and visual art, European contemporary physical theatre, commedia dell'arte, the theatrical clown, post-modern and non-traditional text structure, tragedy, objects and puppetry.

Students are assessed on their contribution and participation during the rehearsal process and performance of projects. Projects in the first part of the module are shown in studio-based performance to audiences drawn mainly to invited audiences of staff and students, progressing to a theatre-based Music and Theatre showing at the end of the module. Self-created work, rather than scripted or directed work, is introduced as the module progresses.

Module aims

The aims of this module are to encourage students to:

  • Experiment with different approaches to performance

  • Work in alternative styles than previously addressed 

  • Begin to find and develop a personal artistic vision

  • Further develop performance and ensemble skills

  • Learn how to work independently and as a group

  • Adopt safe production practices.

  • Experiment across art forms such as visual art, music and dance

Module learning outcomes

By the end of this module, students will be expected to be able to demonstrate:

  1. Textual comprehension (understanding and interpreting language, plot and characters) specifically of unconventionally-structured texts.

  2. Skills integration (ability to utilize all disciplines within the context of the play/project) focusing on specific and highly stylised performance

  3. Commitment in preparation and performance of devised and actor-lead work

  4. Ensemble participation as required

  5. Flexibility and sensitivity to change (ability to share, initiate and accept ideas and directions)

  6. Objective self-assessment (as an actor and within the project)

  7. Creativity (inventive responses to demands and opportunities)

  8. Achievement of the aims of the projects

  9. Professional potential (creative realisation, discipline, extending range, application, focus, presence and personal confidence)

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

Students work in small group practical classes Learning also takes place in presentations, workshops and supervised and unsupervised rehearsals and studio-based performances Independent study and research Oral formative assessment and tutor feedback is given in a group session.


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

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   Continuous assessment     

Additional coursework information

Students receive a written report of formative assessment and tutor comments at the end of term A summative mark is given as the result of continuous assessment through observation of contribution to rehearsal and performance

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 Uri Roodner, email: uroodn@essex.ac.uk.
Uri Roodner and guest tutors



External examiner

Ms Isobel Beatrice Pemberton
Available via Moodle
No lecture recording information available for this module.


Further information
East 15 Acting School

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