Shakespeare and Elizabethan Verse Drama
East 15 Acting School
Undergraduate: Level 5
Monday 20 April 2020
Friday 26 June 2020
04 October 2018
Requisites for this module
BA W411 Acting,
BA W83A Acting (International)
The work of this module tests the progress of students' acting methodology, technique and ability to the full. Exploration is undertaken on the breadth and variety of writing during this expansive period in history, to appreciate why Shakespeare towers over his contemporaries. Working on a full play, students will experience the demands of speaking verse and prose with equal ease, dexterity and clarity. You will be encouraged to make strong character decisions and integrate technical skills fully into the life of a character. Practical project work will enable you to gain an understanding of the requirements of a technical team in preparation for the professional training of the final year.
In this module you will be encouraged to sustain in a consistent way elements explored in previous modules, as well as integrating the technical aspects required by these physically and vocally demanding texts. You will be asked to show courage in taking risks within your character creation, and marry bold strokes with intricate detail. You will work to demonstrate well developed and truthfully expressed relationships, connecting in an organic way the emotional inner life of a character, with the external communication of that life to an audience. You will be expected to be in charge of your creative choices bringing ideas of your own to the director of the project, and to contribute fully to the company as a whole. You will gain a deeper understanding of verse, phrasing, colour and the breathing demands of extended thoughts and ideas within a complex structure, and learn to incorporate the heightened language, into your personal thought process.
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Students work with tutors in small group practical classes.
Learning also takes place in presentations, workshops, supervised and unsupervised rehearsals and performance.
Independent study and research
Oral formative assessment and tutor feedback is given in group session
This module does not appear to have a published bibliography.
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