East 15 Acting School
Undergraduate: Level 6
Thursday 05 October 2023
Friday 28 June 2024
31 March 2021
Requisites for this module
BA W496 Acting and Community Engagement
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
- Tutorial and Rehearsal
- Independent study
- Community site visits
This module does not appear to have a published bibliography for this year.
Assessment items, weightings and deadlines
|Coursework / exam
|Project Outcome Contribution
Additional coursework information
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.
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Katie Beswick
University of Exeter
Senior Lecturer in Drama
Available via Moodle
No lecture recording information available for this module.
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