Verbatim Theatre and Contemporary Scene Study

The details
East 15 Acting School
East15 (Loughton) Campus
Undergraduate: Level 4
Monday 15 January 2024
Friday 22 March 2024
08 April 2021


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BA W411 Acting,
BA W411MV Acting,
BA W83A Acting (International),
BA W441 Acting and Contemporary Theatre

Module description

Students will work in groups to study scenes from a contemporary play, learning how to divide a scene into units of action, how to discover objectives for a character and use the text to discover information about the play, its themes and characters.

You will workshop scenes in groups, practising your learning from the early part of the course. By the end of this block of work you will be able to find a character's through-line and recreate work achieved during the rehearsal process.

Module aims

Module Aims to provide students with opportunities to:

1. Work on material that demands truthful and in-depth investigation
2. Apply detailed and accurate research methods
3. Applying acting methods and theory in acting a piece of text.

Module learning outcomes

Learning Outcomes - by the end of this module you will be able to demonstrate:
1. Professional potential: range, focus, presence in different forms of theatre

Commitment: energy, positive attitude, personal contribution to the group
1. Creative inventiveness: fresh responses, spontaneity in a range of experiences
2. Flexibility & sensitivity to change: responsiveness to others and to direction

Ensemble acting: adaptability, generosity, awareness of relationships
1. Objective self-assessment: awareness of own strengths and weaknesses as an actor, ability to accept criticism and act upon it
2. Research skills: in-depth interviews, objective observation, selection of appropriate material, accurate documentation

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

Learning and Teaching Methods: 1. Students work with tutors in group practical classes, workshops, rehearsals, improvisation and discussion. 2. Oral formative assessment and tutor feedback. Written formative assessment and feedback in written reports.


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

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Practical   Contemporary Scene Study     

Additional coursework information

Continuous assessment through observation of: contribution to class work and key exercises; improvisation and performance tasks; and group discussion.

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
Ms Gerry McAlpine, email: gmcalp@essex.ac.uk.
Mr Zois Pigadas, email: zpigadas@essex.ac.uk.
Mr Uri Roodner, email: uroodn@essex.ac.uk.
Mr Philip Weaver, email: prweaver@essex.ac.uk.
Gerry McAlpine
East 15 Acting School Hatfields Campus Rectory Lane Loughton, IG10 3RY



External examiner

Ms Lucy Skilbeck
Mr Michael Andrew Hayden
Available via Moodle
No lecture recording information available for this module.


Further information
East 15 Acting School

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