Applied Theatre Skills I: Consulting the Community
East 15 Acting School
Autumn & Spring
Undergraduate: Level 5
Thursday 05 October 2023
Friday 22 March 2024
06 March 2023
Requisites for this module
BA W496 Acting and Community Engagement
In this second year module for Acting and Community Theatre the students will begin to develop relationships with local organisations and to explore the different influences and contexts that form the cultural landscape of communities.
The module involves applying acting skills developed in the first year to performance projects devised from participants’ experiences. Students will consult with participants in their local communities. They will gain experience of working with and for a range of people from 4 years to 90 years, to develop and present community theatre performances and/or workshops.
Projects will draw on observation and narrative, exploring and referring to local stories, issues and identities. Performances may take place in a range of environments such as on campus, in studios, at youth centres, schools, libraries, outdoors or online.
The module may be delivered on a cyclic basis so that student groups may undertake units at different times.
To consolidate students’ use of consultative research to support performance and workshop based elements of theatre.
To provide opportunities for students to extend their training in acting through applying techniques and methodology to creation of interactive community theatre.
To introduce students to a range of performance forms and styles relevant to community theatre.
Students will be able to demonstrate ability to:
- Engage with the community, demonstrating knowledge of the audience, use of suitable communication strategies and choice of material
- Develop a working relationship with participants
- Work with discipline, commitment, spontaneity and preparation
- Apply creative inventiveness to devising and performance and workshops
- Apply consultative primary and secondary research to performance and workshops
- understand the processes of ensemble acting and group dynamics
- apply the principles of participatory theatre in workshops and performances
- apply voice, movement, acting and music skills in performance and workshops
- document process and workshop plans including rationale and reflection
No additional information available.
Small group practical classes, workshops, seminars, supervised rehearsals and performances.
The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course.
The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students.
Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list
Assessment items, weightings and deadlines
|Coursework / exam
|Theatre in Education
Additional coursework information
- Tutor assessment of contribution to process and to final performance - 90%
- Student's working notebook and portfolio - 10%
- Tutor assessment of contribution to development and delivery - 75% - Student's portfolio of workshop plans, critique and reflection - 25%
Theatre in Education
- Tutor assessment of contribution to process, performance and workshop- 85%
- Students written presentation of their associated workshop - 15%
The final year mark for the module will be the average of the individual project marks.
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.
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Ms Ainslie Masterton, email: email@example.com.
For further details please email amast
Travel costs for UK - based unpaid, approved work placements and live projects which are an integral part of a module may be covered by your department. (NB this will usually exclude field trips and site visits). Please check with your module supervisor to ensure that the activity is eligible.
Dr Katie Beswick
University of Exeter
Senior Lecturer in Drama
Available via Moodle
No lecture recording information available for this module.
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