New Plays

The details
East 15 Acting School
Colchester Campus
Undergraduate: Level 6
Monday 13 January 2020
Friday 20 March 2020
26 June 2019


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BA W441 Acting and Contemporary Theatre

Module description

This module builds on the creative writing work students have been doing in their second year Contextual Studies module EA226. New plays will be selected by the module tutors from students' own self-authored work, to be staged in a production for an invited audience, usually in a studio performance or an external theatre venue. Through the process of staging the New Plays you will be given opportunities to take on a range of roles and responsibilities, for example, of writer, actor and director, experiencing and learning the flexibility and versatility that characterises the professional contemporary theatre practitioner.

You will put into practice the taught acting skills you have developed during Years One and Two and test the boundaries of your own creativity by applying your skills to the interpretation of untried texts. The process of staging the productions will provide students with experience of collaborating with writers and directors.

By the end of the module you will have participated fully in creating and staging a piece of original, self-created work.

Module aims

- To put into practice taught acting and technical skills
- To apply skills to an original, text-based work
- To inspire students’ own creativity and initiative

Module learning outcomes

- Expansion of acting skill (stretching and widening your acting abilities)
- Textual comprehension of new and untried texts. (understanding and interpretation of language plot & characters).
- Skills integration in original, text-based work (ability to utilise varied disciplines within the context of the project).
- Creativity & innovation (creative responses to task, to opportunity, to playing partners and to direction) in the staging of a piece of text-based work.
- Ensemble contribution in a range of production roles and responsibilities (participation in and contribution to all elements of work).
- Flexibility & response to change (willingness to play, take risks, change habits and break boundaries):
collaborating between actors, writers and directors.
- Commitment (involvement and consistency) in the creation of original, self-created work.
- Self-assessment of performance in new plays (awareness of own strengths and weaknesses and ability to respond creatively to criticism)
- Achievement of the aims of the project (accomplishment of ensemble and personal goals) in new and untried plays.

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

Students work with tutors in small group classes, workshops and rehearsals Learning also takes place in feedback and group discussion on performances Independent study and research Oral formative assessment and tutor feedback is given in group session Students receive written summative assessment and tutor comments at the end of term.


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography.

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%


Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Uri Roodner, Guest Writers and Directors



External examiner

No external examiner information available for this module.
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Further information
East 15 Acting School

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