Contextual Studies II

The details
East 15 Acting School
Southend Campus
Autumn & Spring
Undergraduate: Level 5
Thursday 03 October 2024
Friday 21 March 2025
24 March 2023


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BA W494 Acting and Physical Theatre

Module description

The work of this compulsory BA Physical Theatre module is to provide students with opportunities to examine, contextualise and interpret texts. The choice of texts will normally be guided by what is deemed suitable for the specific needs of the year cohort as a whole, thus helping to develop areas of work and professional growth which need to be addressed and consolidated specifically within the company of actors.

Students will use music and visual art as well as text as context and source material for physical interpretation.

Module aims

The module aims:
To examine and develop analysis and performance techniques required for texts
To develop the ability to create imaginative visual interpretations of texts.
To develop the ability to create visual performance work for public audiences.

Module learning outcomes

On completion of this module the student should be able to:
- Undertake text and context analysis and research for performance preparation
- Demonstrate application of performance research to the process
- Successfully interpret text into a physical performance
- Discuss in detail the conceptual framework of physical theatre
- Use critical vocabulary and subject specific terminology appropriately

Module information

15 – 30 minute Group Presentation: Students work in small groups to prepare the presentation on a topic or brief selected from a list provided by and at times set by the tutor. Students are individually assessed on their contribution to the group presentation.
Written assignment (1,500 words): On a topic selected from a list provided by the tutor at the end of Term Two. Assignments are submitted at the beginning of Term Three.
Personal Record of Analysis and Reflection

Learning and teaching methods

Seminars, screenings, independent study. Formative feedback and tutor comments on essay and presentation evaluation reports


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography for this year.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting

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
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Mr Simon Hunt, email: huntsj@essex.ac.uk.
Zois Pigadis



External examiner

Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama
Available via Moodle
No lecture recording information available for this module.


Further information
East 15 Acting School

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