Applied Theatre Skills I: Consulting the Community

The details
East 15 Acting School
Southend Campus
Autumn & Spring
Undergraduate: Level 5
Thursday 03 October 2024
Friday 21 March 2025
06 March 2023


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BA W496 Acting and Community Engagement

Module description

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.

Module aims

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.

Module learning outcomes

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

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

Small group practical classes, workshops, seminars, supervised rehearsals and performances.


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Practical   Reminiscence    33.3% 
Practical   Workshop Facilitation    33.3% 
Practical   Theatre in Education    33.4% 

Additional coursework information

Reminiscence - Tutor assessment of contribution to process and to final performance - 90% - Student's working notebook and portfolio - 10% Workshop Facilitation - 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.

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%


Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Ms Ainslie Masterton, email: amast@essex.ac.uk.
Ainslie Masterton
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.

External examiner

No external examiner information available for this module.
Available via Moodle
No lecture recording information available for this module.


Further information
East 15 Acting School

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