Special Performance Skills

The details
East 15 Acting School
Southend Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 5
Thursday 03 October 2024
Friday 27 June 2025
06 March 2023


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BA W496 Acting and Community Engagement

Module description

The work of this second year Acting and Community Theatre module provides a training in voice, music movement and appropriate circus skills required for performance in community settings. Students will explore techniques of physical theatre and extended vocal work.

The work of this module provides students with an overview of the music appropriate to contemporary and historical contexts of their acting projects. Students will be able to apply standard body and vocal warm-ups and take active responsibility for identifying and remedying areas of personal weakness in performance. Contemporary theatre practices to extend students’ understanding of physicality, voice, movement and characterisation in relation to community theatre.

Students will learn how to perform percussion improvisations and to create outdoor processional performance. They will explore a range of carnival traditions and learn to make appropriate choices for their use in practical projects.

Module aims

To provide opportunities for students to apply:

  • vocal, musical and movement/dance skills to the development of performance work

  • practical techniques to resolve performance problems and issues uncovered in community settings

  • awareness of posture, breath and body safety in a range of performance environments

Module learning outcomes

Students will be able to demonstrate:

  1. An extension in singing dynamic and vocal range

  2. Improved audience communication

  3. Sustained characterisation using accent, sound, music and lyrics

  4. Effective ensemble work in music, movement and circus

  5. Circus technique to performance standard

  6. Ability to make appropriate performance choices in a range of settings

Module information

Students build on the skills developed in the first year to extend their technique in movement, voice and music. They are offered challenges and opportunities which can develop their competency to industry entry level. As well as developing the skills required of performers in community theatre, students will develop specific skills related to their projects such as period dance or song, song writing and playing samba instruments.

New skills are introduced in circus skills, with students developing at least one circus skill to performance level competence.

Learning and teaching methods

Group studio classes, independent study, continuous formative verbal feedback and written reports where appropriate.


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Practical   Voice    25% 
Practical   Movement    25% 
Practical   Music    25% 
Practical   Circus    25% 

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

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Module supervisor and teaching staff
Ms Ainslie Masterton, email: amast@essex.ac.uk.
Ainslie Masterton, voice, movement and music tutors, visiting practitioners
For further onformation please email amast



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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