Actor and Text
East 15 Acting School
Undergraduate: Level 4
Monday 13 January 2020
Friday 20 March 2020
24 May 2019
Requisites for this module
BA W441 Acting and Contemporary Theatre
After the Improvised Living History Project, in this module students now explore recreating these deeply felt experiences and intense relationships within the confines of a script. Modern classics, exploring a depth of human psychology, for example the plays of Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller, Jean Paul Sartre, Arthur Schnitzler, David Mamet among others, will be the material through which you will consolidate your understanding of another person's existence and how to recreate it convincingly.
Scenes are chosen that will test and develop your ability to find the means in your methodology to 'live in the moment' and to react spontaneously within the course of action pre-determined by the author, just as in an improvised piece in which you knew neither the outcome of an action or what reaction would be provoked. Through practice-based learning and research you will develop the courage to take risks in your character creations, and expression of emotional life:
1. Introduction to sustaining connection & relationships in the communication of complex ideas through structured text.
2. Introduction to making use of both director and skills to aid performance.
To encourage students to:
- Use research, textual analysis and integrated skills to create truthful characters
- Use their creative imaginations with spontaneity and discipline
- Demonstrate well- developed and truthfully expressed relationships and emotions
- Work effectively in an ensemble.
- Show a willingness to become involved in all aspects of production work, not just in their own performance
- Relate form and style with the content of a play
- Develop and sustain a believable character
- Understand and accurately interpret language, plot and style
- Sustain improvisation with discipline, spontaneity and creative imagination
By the end of this module you will be able to demonstrate ability to:
- Find and communicate connection between text, character & situation.
- Creative Inventiveness: Sustain creativity through fresh responses to material & fellow actors.
- Transform into character through rehearsal choices.
- Take and build on Director’s notes: Accept, understand & act on criticism.
- Exercise flexibility & sensitivity to change within the process.
- Show commitment, positive attitude, discipline, contribution and focus.
- Communicate character through voice, speech, physicality & movement.
- Show breadth & relevance of research material from a variety of sources.
- Integrate research into the work.
- Accomplish individual & personal goals.
- Extend range, confidence & realisation of professional potential.
- Ensemble Acting: adaptability, generosity, awareness of relationships
- Objective self-assessment: awareness of own strengths and weaknesses as an actor, ability to accept criticism and act upon it
No additional information available.
- Students work with tutors in group practical classes.
- Learning also takes place in workshops, supervised and unsupervised rehearsals and performances.
- Key improvisation exercises are set throughout the course with feedback from tutors and peers
- At the end of the module students will show scenes to staff and peers. Formative feedback is given by the tutor.
This module does not appear to have a published bibliography.
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Gerry McAlpine and staff
0208 508 5983 x45
Dr Kerrie Vanessa Schaefer
The University of Exeter
Available via Moodle
No lecture recording information available for this module.
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