Performance Skills II

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


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BA W412 Acting and Fight Performance

Module description

The second year will begin to utilise 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.

Module aims

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

Module learning outcomes

On completion of this module, students will be able to:

1. Commit truthfully to a character from a given script
2. Sustain a believable relationship with a fellow performer
3. Analyse a text for clues to character, relationships, pace and timing
4. Recognise the rhythm and acting beats in a dramatic text

1. Increase your ways and styles of warming-up the voice and other forms of vocal preparation
2. Demonstrate the ability to explore the voice freely and creatively
3. Carry intimate speech into the performance space
4. Use a variety of vocal expressions in performance
5. Explore the application of different kinds of muscular support to the production of sound and speech

1. Connect breath – movement - thought – and language
2. Understand how rhythm and tempo influences movement
3. Incorporate music appreciation in the recitation of text

Module information

On completion of this unit you will also be able to:

1. To incorporate the skills developed in class to specific scenes and dramatic speeches
2. Effectively rehearse scenes and speeches
3. Identify, and work to overcome, personal stumbling blocks
4. Objectively analyse your own work
5. 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 for this year.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

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

Additional coursework information

Written assessment, performance, continuous assessment.

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
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Coursework Exam
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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

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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