Performance Projects

The details
East 15 Acting School
Southend Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 5
Thursday 03 October 2024
Friday 27 June 2025
15 April 2021


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BA W412 Acting and Fight Performance

Module description

These projects concentrate on particular styles and apply the skills that you are gaining in a performance environment. You will explore different forms of character development and expression, methods of rehearsal and tackle the difficulties that arise when working on specialised projects.

As in Year One, you will continue to gain a new mix of skills and modes of character and story interpretation –and now will be applying them into projects. This will build up the experience of performance and introduce you to the demands that will be made in the final year.

Module aims

The module aims to:

Term 1 - Acting for Camera
1, Introduce students to the demands and requirements of working in this medium.
2. Equip students with the skills required to prepare and perform confidently in this medium.
3. Learn to take direction and constructive criticism from a director.
4. Further develop the ability to work as part of a collaborative team.

Term 2 - Devised Performance Project
1. Create a unique, engaging drama that represents the skills and knowledge that have been accumulated to date
2. Introduce students experience of performing to a wider audience
3. Provide experience in varied aspects of the production process
4. Encourage individuality, creativity and structured thought through a devising process
5. Identify, extend and consolidate students’ strengths under the pressure of a production
6. Prepare students for the level of independent work that will be required in Year 3

Terms 1 and 2 - Elizabethan/Jacobean Project
1. Introduce the historical and cultural elements of the theatre of Elizabethan England
2. Explore a range of classical texts
3. Explore a historical acting style
4. Introduce methods and techniques to truthfully play a classical script
5. Identify the acting tools required to play an Elizabethan/Jacobean text.

Term 3 - Performance Project
1. To learn how to take direction and constructive criticism from a director
2. Learn how to handle yourself in a professional and respectful manner
3. Understand how health and safety relate to a specific project
4. Apply all previous learning in a performance project
5. Provide students with the opportunity for full-scale ensemble work in performance
6. Further develop the ability to work as part of a collaborative team

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, students will be able to:

Acting for Camera
1. Create and sustain character within the demands of a technical production
2. Confidently communicate and respond in an on screen setting
3. Work professionally, both as an individual and as part of a team

Devised Performance Project
1. Confidently create a show, devised by a small company
2. Confidently communicate and respond to an audience
3. Combine acquired skills in performance
4. Sustain character within the demands of a technical production
5. Demonstrate an ability to identify problems and produce practical solutions within a given frame of reference
6. Identify the safety issues connected to a specific project

1. Demonstrate understanding of the style of plays and acting style in the period studied
2. Utilise skills in rehearsal and performance
3. Demonstrate a working understanding of iambic pentameter
4. Demonstrate competence and confidence in application of research to performance.

Performance Project
1. Demonstrate professionalism in all aspects of rehearsal and production
2. Write a Risk Analysis for a specific production project
3. Perform to a professional standard
4. Evaluate and assess your own growth as a performe
5. Demonstrate proficiency in using research to inform a performance

Module information

Included in this module is your Professional Placement Project, in which you will acquire skills under close guidance and be given the opportunity to take responsibility and act as a professional.

Learning and teaching methods

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


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 For Camera     
Practical   Devised Performance Project    20% 
Practical   Elizabethan and Jacobean    20% 
Practical   Performance Project    40% 

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, Chris Main, Visiting Directors
For further information please email 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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