Applied Theatre Skills II: Developing the Community

The details
East 15 Acting School
Southend Campus
Spring & Summer
Undergraduate: Level 5
Monday 13 January 2020
Friday 26 June 2020
29 August 2019


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BA W496 Acting and Community Theatre

Module description

This second year module for Acting and Community Theatre has a focus on community development through access to theatre and celebratory theatre.Students will extend their acting experience through creating theatre in a range of forms, styles and performance environments. They will explore a variety of approaches to physical theatre, object manipulation and outdoor performance, extending their technical and acting skills to apply to the demanding environment of street theatre. The work of this module culminates in the creation of Pandemonium –a street theatre festival for the people of Southend and its visitors.

Term Two -Object TheatreThis project develops students acting and devising skill in non-verbal performance, emphasising skills such as physical theatre, mime, puppetry and object manipulation. Students will also explore soundscape and sound design indeveloping a performance for a suitable audience such as work for Early Years.
- Story theatre
- Physical theatre
- Theatre for children
- Theatre for early years
- Puppet making and puppet and object manipulation
- Devising physical theatre
- Rehearsal and performance

Term Three -Commedia and Street Theatre
This project investigates celebratory theatre through carnival, commedia and street theatre. Students will have the opportunity to develop and perform in a street theatre festival.
- Commedia dell' arte
- Clowning
- Circus
- Techniques of carnival and procession
- Invisible theatre
- Street theatre audiences
- Rehearsal and development of a festival of performance

Module aims

- To provide opportunities for students to extend physical and vocal acting techniques
- To increase students' imaginative flexibility
- To challenge students' physical and vocal power and dexterity
- To develop students' appreciation of the strength of the audience relationship

Module learning outcomes

Learning Outcomes -Students will be able to demonstrate ability to:
- apply the principles of community theatre to devising and performance
- apply understanding of a range of techniques to performance
- create and sustain processes of devising with discipline and spontaneity
- devise and perform effectively in a substantial community festival
- apply physical and vocal skills with confidence in demanding environments
- deliver a committed contribution to a large-scale ensemble work

Learning &Teaching
Small group practical classes, workshops, seminars, supervised rehearsals and performances

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 Weighting
Practical   Object Theatre     
Practical   Commedia     
Practical   Street Theatre     

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



External examiner

Dr Kerrie Vanessa Schaefer
The University of Exeter
Senior Lecturer
Available via Moodle
No lecture recording information available for this module.


Further information
East 15 Acting School

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