New Plays Project

The details
East 15 Acting School
East15 (Loughton) Campus
Undergraduate: Level 6
Thursday 03 October 2024
Friday 13 December 2024
23 April 2021


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BA W83A Acting (International)

Module description

This third year core module is for students on the BA Acting (International) course. You will create your own work through either writing original scripts within a group or working towards the development of a script through a
devising process.

The process of staging the New Plays will give you opportunities to take on a range of roles and responsibilities, such as writer, actor and director, experiencing and learning the flexibility and versatility that characterises the professional contemporary theatre arena.

All productions in the module will be original works, and they will be led by students as directors, guided by a professional director, an established playwright and the Head of Course. You will also be expected here to work
within a strict production schedule; the process of staging the productions will provide students with experience of collaboration between actors, writers and directors.

Finally, as part of the process, you will put into practice the taught acting skills you have developed during Years One and Two and test the boundaries of your own creativity by applying your skills to the interpretation of untried texts. By the end of the module you will have participated fully in creating and staging a piece of original, text-led work

By the end of the module you will have participated fully in creating and staging a piece of original, text-led work.

Module aims

1. To put into practice taught acting and technical skills
2. To apply skills to an original, text-based work
3. To inspire students’ own creativity and initiative

Module learning outcomes

1. Expansion of acting skill (stretching and widening your acting abilities)
2. Textual comprehension of new and untried texts. (understanding and interpretation of language plot and characters).
3. Skills integration in original, text-based work (ability to utilise varied disciplines within the context of the project).
4. Creativity & innovation (creative responses to task, to opportunity, to playing partners and to direction) in the staging of a piece of text-based work.
5. Ensemble contribution in a range of production roles and responsibilities (participation in and contribution to all elements of work).
6. Flexibility & response to change (willingness to play, take risks, change habits and break boundaries): collaborating between actors, writers and directors.
7. Commitment (involvement and consistency) in the creation of original, self-created work.
8. Self-assessment of performance in new plays (awareness of own strengths and weaknesses and ability to respond creatively to criticism)
9. Achievement of the aims of the project (accomplishment of ensemble and personal goals) in new and untried plays.

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
Coursework   Continuous assessment     

Additional coursework information

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 modules 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
100% 0%


Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff



External examiner

Mr Michael Andrew Hayden
Available via Moodle
No lecture recording information available for this module.


Further information
East 15 Acting School

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