EA246-5-FY-CO:
Contextual Studies

The details
2019/20
East 15 Acting School
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 5
Current
Thursday 03 October 2019
Friday 26 June 2020
15
02 September 2019

 

Requisites for this module
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Key module for

BA W496 Acting and Community Theatre

Module description

This is a full-year module for students on the BA Hons Acting and Community Theatre course. The module explores the role of the arts in the public realm and will introduce the wider history and context of community theatre in the UK and Europe. It will draw on the development of ideas of 'popular theatre', including theories of carnival, spectacle and community empowerment, with examples from a range of cultural contexts and practices. Students will also explore theories of representation including semiotics, drawing on visual, aural and popular culture.

You will critically analyse performances, lectures and classes you have attended, drawing on appropriate technical and theoretical vocabulary. You will learn to locate performance practice within a social and cultural framework.

Module Content

Term One
- Theories of culture, community and identity
- Community and Education
- The work of Paolo Freire – oppression or empowerment
- Boal's Theatre of the Oppressed
- Forum/Participatory theatre and activism

Term Two
- Theatre and Education
- Dorothy Heathcote and drama in education
- Semiotics and Theatre
- Analysing Performance
- Learning Theory
- Feedback, questionnaires and assessing success in learning through the arts

Term Three
- Vaudeville and Music Hall
- Bakhtin's theory of Carnival
- Protest and parade
- Joan Littlewood and Theatre Workshop

Module aims

To offer students the opportunity to:
- Understand the wider historical and contemporary context of ‘community theatre’ in the UK and Europe
- Explore debates about empowerment, participation, subversion and spectacle in relation to both formal and everyday performance practices
- Develop an understanding of the forms of ‘popular theatre’ and the theory of carnival and traditions of outdoor spectacle
- Develop a conceptual framework in which to consider performance practice in community settings
- Develop a critical vocabulary with which to describe and discuss the relationship of performance to audience and community contexts

Module learning outcomes

Students’ ability to:
- Locate performance practice within a social and cultural framework
- Write critically and analytically about performances that they have attended, drawing on appropriate technical and theoretical vocabulary
- Analyse and explore live performance using semiotic analysis and a variety of other analytical frames of reference

Module information

Module content:

Term One
Theories of culture, community and identity
Community and Education
The work of Paolo Freire - oppression or empowerment?
Boal's Theatre of the Oppressed
Forum/Participatory theatre and activism

Term Two
Introducing Semiotics
Analysing Popular Culture
Theories of Representation
Semiotics and Theatre
Analysing Performance
Open/Closed Performance
Feedback, questionnaires and assessing success in learning through the arts

Term Three
Commedia dell'arte
Vaudeville and Music Hall
Bakhtin's theory of Carnival
Defining the Popular - Theories of High and Low Art
Brecht and Political Theatre
Joan Littlewood and Theatre Workshop
Invisible Theatre

Learning and teaching methods

Lecture/ seminars, independent study, screenings.

Bibliography

This module does not appear to have a published bibliography.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework Critical Essay
Coursework Personal Record
Practical Presentation

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%

Reassessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
TBA
For further information please email zpigadas

 

Availability
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External examiner

Dr Kerrie Vanessa Schaefer
The University of Exeter
Senior Lecturer
Resources
Available via Moodle
Of 311 hours, 28 (9%) hours available to students:
283 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).

 

Further information
East 15 Acting School

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