Community Project

The details
East 15 Acting School
Southend Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 6
Thursday 03 October 2024
Friday 27 June 2025
31 March 2021


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BA W496 Acting and Community Engagement

Module description

This is the summative project for the BA Hons Acting and Community Theatre final year. In small companies students will identify a community with whom to develop a theatrical intervention. The students will work with at least one group of participants to develop the project. Each company of students will work as production crew and FOH for another company.
Students will align the artistic and practical needs of the project and the community they work with. They will ensure that the performance conforms to licensing and other regulatory requirements. They will consider issues of accessibility and interpretation for audiences. Through regular company meetings students will manage publicity, design, production processes and documentation of performances.

During the work of this module students will critically examine the role of the artist, management and arts administration in community theatre. They will reflect on their own artistic development and readiness for high level participation in the development of community arts provision.

In planning the performance piece for a community setting students will:

- Develop and apply community play theory and practice
- Use specialist performance skills to develop a project
- Work within and across disciplines, skills and techniques
- Allocate and take responsibility for a range of roles within the process
- Create a suitable planning framework and schedule for the project
- Address issues of access and equal opportunities

Module aims

1. To work independently as a small company undertaking multiple roles
2. To engage community group/s in workshops and/or performance
3. To plan, manage and perform in a community theatre project
4. To document the process of research, development and product

Module learning outcomes

Students will be able to demonstrate ability to:
- plan and develop a community theatre project
- execute multiple roles within the production process
- apply performance and/or facilitation skills and techniques at a professional level
- liaise effectively with community participants

Module information

Term One
Students will present, as a small group, an outline proposal for a community theatre project involving at least one group of participants. Various aspects will then be further developed under tutorial guidance with each student in a specific role such as location manager, community liaison or writer. Research and development of the project will be documented in an on-going portfolio.

Term Two
As the production plan develops, students will have a production role in addition to their creative/ performance role in developing the project. Companies will determine the specialist and skills support necessary for professional realisation of their project.

Term Three
Execution of the project will begin through rehearsal and/or workshops with participants in conjunction with implementation of the production plan developed in term two in arts management. An evaluative process will be developed and implemented. Student companies will provide technical support as required for fellow student companies.

Learning and teaching methods

- Tutorial and Rehearsal - Independent study - Community site visits


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   Project Portfolio    40% 
Practical   Project Outcome Contribution    60% 

Additional coursework information

Assessment The elements below will make up the final module mark with the following weightings applied:- - Portfolio of research, minutes, detailed production plan, texts, workshop/ rehearsal plans and evaluations, reflection on the outcome of the project (40%) - Contribution to the project outcome (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
100% 0%


Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff



External examiner

No external examiner information available for this module.
Available via Moodle
No lecture recording information available for this module.


Further information
East 15 Acting School

* Please note: due to differing publication schedules, items marked with an asterisk (*) base their information upon the previous academic year.

Disclaimer: The University makes every effort to ensure that this information on its Module Directory is accurate and up-to-date. Exceptionally it can be necessary to make changes, for example to programmes, modules, facilities or fees. Examples of such reasons might include a change of law or regulatory requirements, industrial action, lack of demand, departure of key personnel, change in government policy, or withdrawal/reduction of funding. Changes to modules may for example consist of variations to the content and method of delivery or assessment of modules and other services, to discontinue modules and other services and to merge or combine modules. The University will endeavour to keep such changes to a minimum, and will also keep students informed appropriately by updating our programme specifications and module directory.

The full Procedures, Rules and Regulations of the University governing how it operates are set out in the Charter, Statutes and Ordinances and in the University Regulations, Policy and Procedures.