East 15 Acting School
Undergraduate: Level 4
Thursday 03 October 2019
Friday 26 June 2020
04 July 2019
Requisites for this module
BA W412 Acting and Stage Combat
This unit is designed to present students with an overview of theatre history; you will examine the roots and traditions of British theatre history and consider the effects of key European influences on the development to Theatre and Drama in this nation. The module will explore questions such as "what is theatre?"; it is designed to introduce forms of theatre not frequently recognised in today's practice.
You will be introduced to general and subject specific methodologies of research, bibliographical techniques, and methods of referencing and use of IT for research in the arts and humanities. You will learn what is required in terms of research for written assignments and practical presentations / productions. You will develop research and writing skills that will be applicable to both academic work and professional communications. In addition, you will develop research literacy and an appropriate writing style.
As you will continue your overview of performance text and context, you will examine the progress of British theatre history and the effects of key European influences on the development to theatre and drama in this country. You will continue to conduct background research and will be pushed to think laterally, by exploring theatre from a point of view that you may not have previously encountered. Throughout the unit you will be developing critical and reflective abilities, both in oral and written communication.
In the third term you will be looking at some of the major theatrical developments of the 17th/ 18th / 19th centuries. This course will create a strong grounding for 20th Century Performance Practice, which is taught in the second year. Further, you will be encouraged to call upon your performance skills when sharing and presenting information to your peers.
- To challenge preconceptions about forms of theatre
- To widen knowledge of the history of theatre and how theatre reflects its times
- To explore different periods, styles and presentations of performance
- To give a sense of the social, philosophical and cultural roots of theatre
- To introduce protocols and paradigms of research
- To develop writing or presentation and research skills
- To widen knowledge of the human body and the ways in which it can move
- To develop a working knowledge of how best to nurture and train the body
- To develop understanding of the effects that injury and violence have on the body
To provide students with knowledge and understanding of:
- Professional safety standards
- Potential causes of danger
- Demonstrate knowledge of the changing nature of theatre and performance through the ages
- Select, critically analyse & apply appropriate techniques to given research situations
- Ability to evaluate a text with sensitivity to the social historical context
- Ability to organise and communicate relevant information in written form or oral presentations
- Understand, and be able to construct systems of referencing
- Demonstrate ability to work independently and as part of a team
- Devise and evaluate fitness programmes to support specific physical requirements
- Demonstrate understanding of the health & safety strategy necessary to promote fitness and well-being.
- Understand the functions of the body’s systems
- Understand what effects, both beneficial and harmful, actions have on the body
- Understand and apply knowledge in a dramatic context
No additional information available.
Lectures, seminars and discussion.
This module does not appear to have a published bibliography.
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Gordon Kemp, and staff
East 15 Acting School
Mr Philip D'Orleans
Physical Skills Instructor
Available via Moodle
No lecture recording information available for this module.
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