Character and Scene Work

The details
East 15 Acting School
East15 (Loughton) Campus
Postgraduate: Level 7
Thursday 05 October 2023
Friday 15 December 2023
01 March 2022


Requisites for this module



Key module for

MA W41212 Acting (International),
MA W412MO Acting (International),
MFA W41220 Acting (International),
MFA W412MO Acting (International)

Module description

This MA/MFA Acting (International) module uses a research based Naturalistic approach to acting as its base.

In term one, students study a practical Stanislavski based approach to acting and character creation. In term two, building on the work in the first term, student will study a range of texts will includes research into their cultural context, the writer's life and works, themes of the plays and the critical reception of the plays in production.

Scene work is undertaken on scripts by, for example, Chekhov, Ibsen, Strindberg, Williams, Miller, Rattigan and other Naturalistic and Realist texts. The module extends and applies Naturalistic/Realist acting techniques and includes development of the specific vocal and physical skills associated with them. The module also includes a study of the theories and assumptions underlying Realism.

Module aims

The aims of the module are:

1. To enable students to study one of the most important and distinctive artistic forms of the last 150 years, in its theatrical application and in its wider aesthetic context
2. To allow students to develop their vocal and movement skills in response to the specific challenges of the Realist theatre aesthetic
3. To provide students with a knowledge of major roles from the late 19th-century and 20th Century Realist/Naturalistic canon
4. To provide students with further experience of acting in English with fluency and clarity

Module learning outcomes

Students will be able to demonstrate:

1. An understanding of the key features of the Realist theatrical artefact in its artistic context
2. The ability to create and perform a substantial role within scenes from a Realist text.
3. An understanding of, and ability to apply, appropriate vocal and physical techniques to the creation and performance of a Realist character
4. An ability to reflect critically on his or her own process and achievement in preparing for performance and performing
5. Fluency and clarity in spoken English in performance, appropriate to the student’s background and to the specific role

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

Practical classes


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   Process    65% 
Coursework   Performance    35% 

Additional coursework information

Practical assessment of performance in scene work.

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

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Module supervisor and teaching staff



External examiner

Mr Hugh Hodgart
Available via Moodle
No lecture recording information available for this module.


Further information
East 15 Acting School

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