Physical Comedy

The details
East 15 Acting School
East15 (Loughton) Campus
Undergraduate: Level 5
Monday 13 January 2025
Friday 21 March 2025
23 April 2021


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BA W441 Acting and Contemporary Theatre

Module description

This module constitutes a range of influences that have evolved from European physical theatre. Students will continue to develop performance skills through the practice of acting, devising, writing, movement, voice and singing. Student will have the opportunity to experiment with the theatrical clown, non-traditional text structure, mask and puppetry. The concept of 'actor-led work' is developed further.

Students are assessed on their contribution and participation during the rehearsal process and performance of the project. A full length staging of a devised physical comedy will be presented to an audience of students and staff.

Module aims

To encourage students to:

1. Experiment with different approaches to performance
2. Work in styles which are non-naturalistic yet linear
3. Work in styles which are larger than life
4. Begin to find and develop a personal artistic vision
5. Further develop performance and ensemble skills
6. Learn how to work independently and as a group
7. Adopt safe production practices

Module learning outcomes

1. Textual comprehension (understanding and interpreting language, plot and characters) specifically of expressionism in text, 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 forms
3. Commitment in preparation and performance of devised and actor-lead work
4. Ensemble acting (generous participation in and contribution to all stages of work and an awareness of the relationship between them) 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



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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