Theatrical Appreciation

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


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BA W412 Acting and Fight Performance

Module description

This BA Acting and Stage Combat module is designed to awaken students to a variety of processes that contribute to the making of a production. As the BA Hons programme continues to prepare you to engage and take part in a professional theatre environment, this module will introduce and explain the roles of various practitioners. You will experiment with different styles and techniques of staging, alongside learning about the duties of various theatre practitioners.

This final year module is designed to prepare you for the requirements of the Graduation Project and to introduce you to the basic working systems and organisation of professional theatre or touring theatre companies.

Module Content
Term Two: Staging Scenes
This unit introduces the practice of staging scenes for the stage. This practice will add to your understanding of how a story is delivered through action, space and movement – complementing the specifics that you learned when exploring fight choreography. During the classes you will receive the opportunity to stage a scene, where the concept, design and overall staging of the scene will be the decision of the director.

You will gain experience of:
- Play reading and script analysis
- Concept design
- Working as part of a production team
- Casting the play
- Blocking the action
- Working with actors

Terms One and Two: Production Process Awareness
The focus of the module is to awaken you to the number of people involved in creating a dramatic production - and the objectives that need to be met along the way. Visiting professionals from the theatre industry will deliver lectures and seminars on their area of expertise in the business.

This unit is taught through lectures and seminars given by relevant theatre professionals who are active in the industry. Topics included may be:

- Stage Managing
- Directing
- Lighting Design
- Set Design
- Film Industry
- Producing
- Musical Directing
- Company Management
- Fight Directing

Module aims

The aims of the module are:
1. To widen students' knowledge of the theatrical process
2. To prepare students for further professional practice
3. To alert students to the multifaceted preparation of a production
4. To encourage students to make informed decisions about their career options
5. To provide opportunities for students to:
6. Experience the overall process of staging a scene
7. Apply previous skills as a leader of a team
8. Develop the ability to work as part of a team
9. Gain experience of identifying problems and testing solutions in practice

Module learning outcomes

You will be able to demonstrate ability to:
1. Identify problems and produce practical solutions within a given framework
2. Liaise with others to achieve a set brief
3. Understand a range of theatrical staging techniques
4. Manage and run a rehearsal session

You will be able to:
1. Identify the key figures responsible for creating and producing a production
2. Understand the complex nature of a dramatic production
3. Identify their personal roles in any performance practice
4. Apply researched knowledge to practical and/ or written projects
5. Communicate effectively with professional practitioners orally and in writing

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

Practical sessions, workshops, seminars and lectures.


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography for this year.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   Production Process Awareness     
Practical   Staging Scenes    70% 

Additional coursework information

Staging Scenes (Weighting 70%) Continuous assessment, including preparing scenes within given guidelines and providing appropriate written evidence of planning Production Process Awareness (Weighting 30%) A 1,500 word proposal for the Theoretical Thesis Project, due at the end of Term One.

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
Mr Nick Hall, email: halln@essex.ac.uk.
Nick Hall, Chris Main, Fight Choreographers and other industry guests
For further information please email nhall



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

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