Performance Skills II

The details
East 15 Acting School
Southend Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 5
Thursday 03 October 2019
Friday 26 June 2020
04 July 2019


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BA W412 Acting and Stage Combat

Module description

The second year will begin to utilize the training that was established in Year One, by looking at acting theory into practice; direct application of singing and rhythm; strengthen vocal production and articulation in practice - possibly moving into accents. You will explore different methods of rehearsal and further exploration into the scenic unit. This term will have a greater focus on scripts and play-texts - directly applying your skills in practice.

Term One, Two and Three - Acting
This unit is designed to engage your acting skills in a performance-orientated situation. Building on the training from previous performance units, you will spend time in class exploring a number of scenes. This will involve the exploration of character, textual analysis, methods of staging, and methods of rehearsals. As opposed to the acting classes and training that took place in Year One, most of the work here will de done through workshops and rehearsals - where you gain knowledge by taking part and watching the development of your peers. By the end of the unit, you will have approached a number of scenes from a range of time periods and genres. This concentrated study on scenic units will require a great deal of independent research and rehearsal time.

Term One, Two and Three - Voice
This unit ensures that you continue to use your voice effectively - whether speaking a text or performing a stage fight. In the second year the rigorous work of the first year is developed and applied to demanding dramatic texts in collaboration with the work in acting and stage combat. You will continue learning ways and exercises to root and support the sounds that you make. While this training will assist you with any speaking part, one focus of Year Two voice work will be the promotion of vocal variety - so that you can creatively use vocals to speak a text and punctuate fight scenes. This will complete your independent voice training for the programme. Some of the work done in the second and third terms will involve performances of scenes and monologues.

Term One and Term Two - Musical Appreciation
This course is designed to introduce you to the fundamentals of musical rhythm and tempo. The focus is not solely on singing, but on helping you to develop a better sense and understanding of tempo, rhythm and time. These are transferable skills that will be applicable to all levels of performance - whether acting a scene or fight. We expect that you will explore various methods and styles of performance as you continue your studies - and this course will help prepare you for future study and/or professional work. You will be encouraged to: recognise how music can be a powerful tool in performance how the underlying rhythms of pace and tempo apply to music and speech; develop a trained ear to appreciate and employ rhythmic sequences; appreciate how basic skills will relate to a performance situation.

Module aims

- To familiarise students with a number of plays from differing time periods and genres
- To build confidence and self-analysis in performance situations
- To develop ability to give life to complex texts
- To apply a range of rehearsal techniques
- To develop understanding of the connection between music, movement and acting

Module learning outcomes

Learning Outcomes
On completion of this unit you will be able to:
- Commit truthfully to a character from a given script
- Sustain a believable, on-stage relationship with a fellow performer
- Analyse a text for clues to character, relationships, pace and timing
- Recognise the rhythm and acting beats in a dramatic text

On completion of this unit you will be able to:
- Increase your ways and styles of warming-up the voice and other forms of vocal preparation
- Demonstrate the ability to explore the voice freely and creatively
- Carry intimate speech into the performance space
- Use a variety of vocal expressions in performance
- Explore the application of different kinds of muscular support to the production of sound and speech

On completion of this unit you will be able to:
- Connect breath – movement - thought – and language
- Understand how rhythm and tempo influences movement
- Incorporate music appreciation in the recitation of text

Module information

On completion of this unit you will be able to:
- To incorporate the skills developed in class to specific scenes and dramatic speeches
- Effectively rehearse scenes and speeches
- Identify, and work to overcome, personal stumbling blocks
- Objectively analyse your own work
- Make effective use of constructive criticism from a director

Learning and teaching methods

Practical Classes, Workshops, Lectures, Independent Study, Rehearsals.


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Practical   Acting    30% 
Practical   Voice    40% 
Practical   Music    30% 

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%


Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Mr Nick Hall, email: halln@essex.ac.uk.
Nick Hall, Acting, Voice and Music tutors
for further information please contact halln@essex.ac.uk



External examiner

Mr Philip D'Orleans
British Academy of Stage and Screen Combat
Physical Skills Instructor
Available via Moodle
No lecture recording information available for this module.


Further information
East 15 Acting School

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