Applied Theatre Skills III: Wellbeing, Social Care and Criminal Justice

The details
East 15 Acting School
Southend Campus
Autumn & Spring
Undergraduate: Level 6
Thursday 03 October 2024
Friday 21 March 2025
28 March 2023


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BA W496 Acting and Community Engagement

Module description

The work of this BA Hons Acting and Community Theatre Year 3 module begins with a series of workshops to introduce students to the ethical and practical issues of working with vulnerable groups involved with the health, social services or criminal justice system. Students are encouraged to develop a working knowledge of the processes of exclusion and inclusion, and of contemporary practice of theatre arts projects with these participants.

The module further explores the role of theatre and workshop facilitation with participants who may have a disability or poor mental health, or are socially excluded, are at risk of offending or are in the criminal justice system. This will include:-

  • The work of practitioners such as Augusto Boal.

  • Case studies of contemporary theatre companies working in this sector.

  • Disability equality training.

  • Small group work to design theatre projects for relevant groups of participants such as those with a disability, attending a pupil referral unit or in danger of offending.

Module aims

- To consider the needs and interests of a range of non-traditional audiences and theatre participants
- To experience specialised workshop facilitation through a practice opportunity in the community
- To develop a ‘toolkit’ of techniques to encourage participation and facilitation in theatre-making
- To develop leadership skills in working with challenging groups.

Module learning outcomes

- Assess the needs of participants and adapt their work accordingly
- Create suitable long term plans in addition to workshops planning
- Consider issues of learning, mental health and physical disability
- Adapt work to suit language, culture and abilities of participants
- Design and deliver a series of workshops in an appropriately challenging setting
- Apply knowledge of performance skills (voice, movement, music) and technical skills (production and media)
- Evaluate the series of workshops

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

- Lecture/ seminar - Practical workshop - Tutorial support from internal and/or placement supervisors - Community based specialised workshop facilitation practice with partners - Independent study


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   Portfolio    40% 
Practical   Continuous Practical Assessment    60% 

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


Travel costs for UK - based unpaid, approved work placements and live projects which are an integral part of a module may be covered by your department. (NB this will usually exclude field trips and site visits). Please check with your module supervisor to ensure that the activity is eligible.

External examiner

No external examiner information available for this module.
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Further information
East 15 Acting School

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