EA241-5-AP-CO:
Applied Theatre Skills I: Consulting the Community

The details
2019/20
East 15 Acting School
Colchester Campus
Autumn & Spring
Undergraduate: Level 5
Current
Thursday 03 October 2019
Friday 20 March 2020
30
29 August 2019

 

Requisites for this module
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Key module for

BA W496 Acting and Community Theatre

Module description

In this second year module for Acting and Community Theatre the students will begin to develop relationships with local organisations and to explore the different influences and contexts that form the cultural landscape of communities.

The module involves applying acting skills developed in the first year to performance projects devised from participants' experiences. Students will consult with participants in their local communities in the Southend region.. They will gain experience of working with and for a range of people from 4 years to 90 years, to develop and present community theatre performances and workshops.

Projects will draw on observation and narrative, exploring and referring to local stories, issues and identities. Performances will take place in a range of environments such as on campus, in studios, at youth centres, schools, in shelteredhousing, or outdoors.

Module Content
Forum Theatre
Forum theatre techniques are the most prevalent method of community consultation through interactive performance. Students will learn the form, practice performance elements and acting techniques and apply these to TIE and workshops.

Theatre-In-Education (TIE)
This project offers students an opportunity to write and devise for theatre, in consultation with a group of school-aged children, to develop a play for a short tour of schools.
- Learning through theatre
- Primary research
- Applied processes of consultation
- Applied understanding of scene and interactive performance structure
- Extended characterresearch and development
- Considerations for small scale touring theatre acting and devising approaches
- Workshop development for use with scripted material
- Development of materials and activities for teacher resources

Workshop Facilitation
In this projectstudents will develop their skills in facilitating drama based workshops with a group in the community. They will gain knowledge of facilitation techniques, an understanding of group process and will apply this to engage participants.
- Theatre Games
- Boal's games for non-actors
- Group processes
- Workshop preparation and written planning
- Applying observation to tailor workshop planning
- Delivery of a series of workshops in the community
- Reflection and written critical analysis of drama workshops

Reminiscence
This project in the module is designed to introduce students to the techniques of reminiscence with older people. This further develops verbatim acting skills learned in year one.
- Community consultation
- Principles of reminiscence
- Participant centred approach
- Interview techniques
- Working with elderly people
- Oral history
- Applied verbatim theatre techniques
- Devising theatre from memories
- Advanced understanding of scene and inclusive performance structure

Playback theatre
This interactive performance technique introduces students to improvised performance. Students will learn the form, practice performance elements and apply acting techniques to studio performance


The module may be delivered on a cyclic basis so that student groups may undertake units at different times

Module aims

To consolidate students’ use of consultative research to support performance and workshop based elements of theatre.
To provide opportunities for students to extend their training in acting through applying techniques and methodology to creation of interactive community theatre.
To introduce students to a range of performance forms and styles relevant to community theatre.

Module learning outcomes

Students will be able to demonstrate ability to:
- Engage with the community, demonstrating knowledge of the audience, use of suitable communication strategies and choice of material
- Develop a working relationship with participants
- Work with discipline, commitment, spontaneity and preparation
- Apply creative inventiveness to devising and performance and workshops
- Apply consultative primary and secondary research to performance and workshops
- understand the processes of ensemble acting and group dynamics
- apply the principles of participatory theatre in workshops and performances
- apply voice, movement, acting and music skills in performance and workshops
- document process and workshop plans including rationale and reflection

Module information

Term One
Reminiscence
The first project in the module is designed to introduce students to the techniques of reminiscence with older people.
Community consultation
Principles of reminiscence
Participant centred approach
Interview techniques
Working with elderly people
Verbatim theatre techniques
Researching oral history
Devising theatre from memories

Workshop Facilitation
In this project students will develop their skills in facilitating drama based workshops with a group in the community. They will gain knowledge of and be able to apply techniques to engage participants in theatre-making.

Theatre Games
Group dynamics
Theatre of the oppressed
Forum theatre
Playback theatre
Workshop preparation and planning
Delivery of a series of workshops in the community
Reflection and critical analysis of a series of drama workshops

Term Two
Theatre-In-Education (TIE)
This project offers students an opportunity to write for theatre, in consultation with a group of school-aged children, to develop a play for a short tour of schools.
Advanced processes of consultation
Primary research
Learning through theatre
Advanced understanding of scene and performance structure
Extended character research and development
Considerations for small scale touring theatre
Workshop development for use with scripted material

Learning and teaching methods

Small group practical classes, workshops, seminars, supervised rehearsals and performances.

Bibliography

This module does not appear to have a published bibliography.

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%

Reassessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Ainslie Masterton
For further details please email amast

 

Availability
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External examiner

Dr Kerrie Vanessa Schaefer
The University of Exeter
Senior Lecturer
Resources
Available via Moodle
No lecture recording information available for this module.

 

Further information
East 15 Acting School

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