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

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


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BA W496 Acting and Community Engagement

Module description

This module explores the research, development and performance of site-specific, issue-based and socio-political theatre. It explores citizenship, the interrelationship of performance environment, form and content, the notion of community- based media, satire 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, and involve extended development and application of acting, voice, music and movement skills.

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 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 this 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 them in community

  • to investigate the relevance of site to historical and social aspects of community

Module learning outcomes

By the end of this module, students will be expected to be able 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 community media project

  • devise in consultation a culturally-specific theatre performance

  • demonstrate an advanced level of performance skills (voice, movement, music/singing).

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

Studio workshop Rehearsal Community visits



Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Practical   Site Specific     

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



External examiner

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

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