Issue-Led Theatre

The details
East 15 Acting School
East15 (Loughton) Campus
Undergraduate: Level 6
Thursday 03 October 2024
Friday 13 December 2024
21 April 2023


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BA W441 Acting and Contemporary Theatre

Module description

In this module you will research and create a project attempting to explore a contemporary issue.  You will learn to use theatre to contemplate and express ideas and emotional engagement with the chosen issue and further develop the skills of communicating with your audience.

The final output can occur in a variety of forms (such as scripted or devised, existing work or new writing).  The performance project will lead to a production at the school theatre for public audience. You will learn to engage as part of a larger company that will include designer and technicians.

Module aims

To provide opportunities for students to use theatre to articulate an opinion
- To further develop students’ writing, devising and performing skills
- To provide opportunities for students to experiment with the uses of performance

Module learning outcomes

  1. Expansion of acting skill (stretching and widening your acting abilities)

  2. Textual comprehension of political and polemic texts (understanding and interpretation of language, plot & characters).

  3. Skills integration (ability to utilise varied disciplines within the context of the project) in the staging of a project based on a contemporary issue 

  4. Creativity (Innovative responses to task, to opportunity, to playing partners and to direction): expression of own original views and ideas.

  5. Ensemble contribution in the creation of issue-led theatre (participation in and contribution to all elements of work).

  6. Flexibility & response to change (willingness to play, take risks, change habits and break boundaries) in issue- led theatre projects. 

  7. Commitment (involvement and consistency): emotional engagement with the chosen issue.

  8. Self-assessment of performance in issue-led theatre (awareness of own strengths and weaknesses and ability to respond creatively to demand, opportunity & criticism).

  9. Achievement of the aims of the issue-led theatre project (accomplishment of ensemble and personal goals).

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

- Students work with tutors in group classes, workshops and rehearsals - Learning also takes place in feedback and group discussion on performances - Independent study and research - Verbal formative assessment and tutor feedback is given in group session - Students receive written summative assessment and tutor comments at the end of the module.


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   Continuous Assessment     

Additional coursework information

- Holistic continuous assessment through observation of contribution to class work, rehearsals and performance. - The assessment criteria for this module are the extent to which students can demonstrate advanced understanding of the module Learning Outcomes.

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 Uri Roodner, email: uroodn@essex.ac.uk.
Uri Roodner, Guest tutors



External examiner

Ms Isobel Beatrice Pemberton
Available via Moodle
No lecture recording information available for this module.


Further information
East 15 Acting School

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