Applied Theatre Skills IV: Site-Specific and Web-Based Historical/Political Projects

The details
East 15 Acting School
Southend Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 6
Thursday 03 October 2019
Friday 26 June 2020
04 October 2018


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BA W496 Acting and Community Theatre

Module description

The work of this compulsory BA Hons Acting and Community Theatre Year Three module complements the simultaneous work of EA341 Applied Skills III module. This module explores site-specific, issue-based and socio-political theatre. It explores citizenship, the inter-relationship of performance environment, form and content, the notion of community-based media and theatre for development.

Students will develop a performance in an identified community setting with local historical or social significance. The performance will draw on advanced technical resources in performance and production.

Students will explore theatre as propaganda, consultation and persuasion. Provocative texts designed to stimulate debate and interactive techniques designed to promote participation and enquiry, may be be used to illustrate this theatrical form. The role of theatre in development, regeneration and conflict resolution will be examined. Students will apply these approaches to research and development of a theatre performance.

Advanced techniques in recording and editing of video and audio documentary and performance will be applied to develop a project of contemporary community media. Technical skill in web design will be developed.

Module aims

The aims of the module are:
To explore the range of theatre as a tool for persuasion or conflict resolution
To analyse critically the political and social roles of theatre practice
To further develop skills in recorded media and apply to in community media
To investigate the relevance of site to historical and social aspects of community

Module learning outcomes

By the end of the modulestudents will be able to demonstrate ability to:
Devise from historical / social sources
perform using style and approach adapted for a specific site project
contribute to the design and content of a cummunity media project
Devise in consultation, a culturally-specific theatre performance
Demonstrate an advanced level of performance skills (voice, movement, music/singing).

Module information

Term One - Site Specific Project
Methods of devising in response to historical or social artefact
Recognition of the theatrical potential in factual material
Economical and effective and innovative research methods
Drawing out theatrical potential of a site
Further development of relevant technical and performance skills
Influence of historical/social events on sense of place in the community
Audience management for promenade

Term Two - Community Media Project
Further development of editing techniques
Application of video and audio skills to community media
Field recording and studio editing for sound
Theatre for development
Introduction to web design
Production development and rehearsal
Application of performance skills
Ethical, legal and aesthetic choice involved in represention of the community

Socio-political theatre
Approaches to contemporary socio-political theatre
Sensitive primary research with community members
Application of verbatim techniques to devising
Advanced devising for a theatre environment
Community and cultural consultation

Learning and teaching methods

Studio workshop Rehearsal Community visits


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Practical   Site Specific Performance    30% 
Practical   Socio-Political Performance    30% 
Practical   Cabaret Performance    20% 
Practical   Media Project    20% 

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%


Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Ms Ainslie Masterton, email: amast@essex.ac.uk.
Ainslei Masteron and Community Theatre Tutors
For further information please contact amast@essex.ac.uk



External examiner

Dr Kerrie Vanessa Schaefer
The University of Exeter
Senior Lecturer
Available via Moodle
No lecture recording information available for this module.


Further information
East 15 Acting School

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