Theatre Meets Film

The details
East 15 Acting School
East15 (Loughton) Campus
Undergraduate: Level 6
Thursday 03 October 2019
Saturday 14 December 2019
22 January 2020


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BA W441 Acting and Contemporary Theatre

Module description

In this module students apply advanced devising and improvising techniques to explore and experiment with a range of increasingly complex performance forms, demands and styles. Students work with a range of practitioners, both from within the School and with a visiting director, to encourage them to put their performance skills into practice under a variety of different styles and approaches.

Students are assessed on their contribution and participation during the rehearsal process and performance. Assessment focus less on processes and preparation and more on students' creative achievement and professionalism in performance.

Module aims

The module aims to encourage students to:

1. Write, devise and perform a range of original work
2. Develop the ability to communicate with a range of audiences
3. Apply advanced devising and interpretation techniques to create performance
4. Experiment with a range of performance styles and forms
5. Work creatively in a range of demands and opportunities

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of this modules, students will understand:

1. Textual comprehension (understanding and interpreting language, plot and characters).
2. Skills integration (ability to utilise all disciplines within the context of the play/project)
3. Commitment (energy, positive attitude) in the use of a variety of theatrical styles
4. Ensemble acting (generous participation in and contribution to all stages of work and an awareness of the relationship between them)
5. Flexibility and sensitivity to change
6. Objective self-assessment (as an actor and within the project; strengths/weaknesses) in relation to advanced performance techniques
7. Creativity (inventive responses and sustained creativity, using a range of experiences)
8. Achievement of the aims of the projects
9. Professional potential (creative realisation, discipline, extending range, application, focus, presence and personal confidence)

Module information

You will begin the work of this module by undertaking short blocks of work in:

1. Commedia dell'arte mask
2. Modern character mask
3. Parody
4. Object manipulation
5. Teachings of Grotowski and Lecoq

As part of this work you will expand your familiarity with non-naturalistic working methods and performer-led theatre. Students will further develop advanced acting and improvisation skills, including the ability to perform in 'larger than life' characterisations, advanced story-telling skills using a range of imaginative techniques and complex ensemble working.

You will gain an understanding of the history of commedia dell'arte and its influence on contemporary theatre. This block of work will culminate in the creation of a fully coherent production from a pure improvisation starting point, performed at the end of the Spring Term to a School audience in the Corbett Theatre.

Forum Theatre Techniques: At the end of Terms One and Two students will undertake a one week intensive workshop to prepare for the Forum Theatre section of this module. They will decide on a topic - political or social - currently in the news, and learn how to research and address the issues to find the appropriate form in which to present this to an audience using satire, metaphor and reasoned argument.

For two weeks at the start of Term Three students will work intensively on devising from current issues using Forum Theatre techniques, experimenting with ways of involving the audience in structured debate so that its members become 'spectators'.

You will explore the role of theatre as a tool for social change, developing your awareness of the world around you and of your place, as an artist, in your community. This block of work evolves from complementary work in EA225-2-FY Contextual Studies and is led by the Contextual Studies tutor.

Consisting of four weeks' intensive work in total, the unit will culminate in an assessed Forum Theatre project in Week 2 of Term Three which will be studio-based for two performances and will also be given a showing in an external theatre venue, the Redbridge Theatre.

Multi-Media - Theatre Meets Film: In this part of the module students are introduced to the technical and artistic demands of multi-media performance methods. Working with outside multi-media specialists, students will investigate film styles and structures and their cross-fertilisation with theatre.

You will learn the uses of film equipment in live performance and experiment with multi-media to test the strengths and weaknesses of its application to the creation of atmosphere and the development of metaphor and story-telling. Students will devise a studio-based presentation using multi-media techniques and equipment which they will perform to an invited audience of staff and students in the Chigwell School Theatre in Week 7 of the Summer Term.

Site-Specific Classic Theatre: The final block of work will bring the whole year group together to create a piece of theatre on a large-scale in a non-theatre venue. Students will work with a professional Visiting Director to stage and present a classic text (for example Shakespeare, Greek tragedy) to a public audience. Sites chosen for the presentation could, for example, be historic buildings, warehouses or naturally-occurring landscape features such as caves.

You will be presented with the challenges of
1. working on a larger scale
2. a public venue that is not a purpose-built performance space
3. site-specific interpretation working from a classical text.

Technical Studies: As an integral part of this module students will explore the relationship between the essence and style of a piece of theatre and the practicalities of realising this in performance, related to their practical projects through the year.

Working with tutors from the Technical Department, students will explore their own design projects, working within resource limitations, both financial and physical, and assessing and applying health and safety guidelines. Assessment of Technical Studies is continuous through observation of class work and its realisation in projects.

Learning and teaching methods

Students work with tutors in small group practical classes. Learning also takes place in presentations, workshops and supervised and unsupervised rehearsals, studio-based and large-scale performances and 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
Practical   Continuous Assessment     

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%


Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Mr Uri Roodner, email: uroodn@essex.ac.uk.
Uri Roodner and visiting Directors
For further information please email Uroodn@essex.ac.uk



External examiner

Ms Joyce Henderson
Joyce Henderson
Freelance Theatre Maker
Available via Moodle
No lecture recording information available for this module.


Further information
East 15 Acting School

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