Contemporary Texts

The details
East 15 Acting School
East15 (Loughton) Campus
Postgraduate: Level 7
Monday 15 January 2024
Friday 22 March 2024
11 April 2023


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 introduces students to the study of, and practical response to, key 20th-century and contemporary texts, including 'classic' texts such as those by Beckett, Pinter, Brecht and Rodrigues, and selected contemporary practitioners from around the world. The development of improvisational and devising skills and techniques as a springboard to create a response to a text, or to further develop ideas and themes into performance, are explored. Study may include vocal work in Received Pronunciation and may include handling of regional speech and dialect as appropriate to specific texts. Study of texts will include research on their cultural context, the writer's life and works, themes of the plays and the critical reception of the plays in production.

Module aims

The aims of this module are:

  • To introduce key devising techniques from contemporary theatre

  • To allow students to extend their vocal, physical, devising, improvisational and analytical skills in the creation of roles that reflect a current cultural context

  • To offer students the opportunity to create and perform a role in the context of a studio production.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of this module, students will be expected to be able to demonstrate:

  1. Confidence, clarity and flexibility in the vocal and physical performance of a contemporary devised script

  2. An understanding of the style of the script and of the implications of that style for the choice of methods used in creating the individual character

  3. The ability to work creatively and self-critically in collaboration with others to realise a contemporary script

  4. An awareness of the range of styles and genres which make up contemporary devised theatre

  5. The ability to recognise, select and manipulate accents and dialects, where appropriate, in creating one or more characters in a contemporary devised play

Module information

Practical assessment of one small-group production of a relevant play/

Learning and teaching methods

Practical classes, workshops and/or rehearsals


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    55% 
Coursework   Performance    45% 

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

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


Further information
East 15 Acting School

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