20 credits at level HE6
The purpose of this module is to introduce students to the professional environment of the theatre by means of an exploration of the processes involved in creating a performance text. This course will focus on the particular demands of the classic play - Shakespeare,for example and will ask the students to investigate the strategies employed by director and actor in the realisation of a communicative diegetic space into which the complexities of non-naturalistic language may be placed for a contemporary audience.
The role of the director
Students will observe the director in rehearsal and discuss with them the techniques and processes involved in transferring text from page to stage.
The preparation of the actor
Students will observe actors in rehearsal and in performance and will investigate specific roles, artistic strategies and dramaturgical analysis.
Uses of theories of directing and acting
Students will research techniques relevant to the production of the classical text and will evaluate performance theories in terms of practical application in the context of the professional theatre environment.
The uses of improvisation
Students will observe and then explore the role of improvisation in the realisation of the classical text.
Students will analyse the relationship between the dramatic text and the performance text and develop an understanding of the specialist nature of the use of language in the classical play, in particular techniques pertaining to versification and the use of the conventions of certain types of poetic language on stage.
The relationship between design and text
Students will investigate the role of the designer and will reflect on the relationship between the physical space in which actors perform and the impact this has upon the reception of the text.
Health, safety and diversity
Students will learn about relevant health and safety and diversity practices in relation to professional practice.
The module will be delivered at The Octagon Theatre in Bolton
and at the University. Assessment will comprise of a group project and an individual critical and reflective (b)log. Staff from the theatre will contribute to course content and to the delivery and assessment of the module.
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||Articulate the relationship between the dramatic text and the performance text||1.1Produce a coherent, well-researched, evaluative and analytical account of the rehearsal process and the professional context|
|2.||Explore practically the techniques deployed by actors and directors in the translation of Shakespearean or other classic plays from page to stage||2.1Present an academically and practically informed group seminar that explores the techniques used in the rehearsal room|
|3.||Assess and evaluate the effectiveness of the public performance of the play||3.1Prepare an evaluative,written reflection and review of the text in performance and present in the (b)log|
|4.||Work effectively in a small group on an extended practical workshop seminar presentation||4.1Demonstrate commitment to group work and practice appropriate to the professional theatre environment in terms of punctuality, attendance and engagement in the rehearsal process|
|5.||Communicate effectively in both written and oral forms, demonstrating well-developed research and IT skills||5.1Produce a well-written and well- presented (b)log, and deliver a clear and engaging seminar presentation, making appropriate use of audio /visual and IT resources.|
|6.||Engage in reflective practice in a structured and coherent manner||6.1produce in the (b)log a coherently and technically accurate written reflection upon the process that details both individual and group progress|
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||(b)log 3,500 words||40 minute small group presentation|
There are no prerequisites for this module.
No restrictions apply.
Kennedy,D (2001) Looking at Shakespeare: a Visual History of Twentieth Century Performance Cambridge CUP
Orgel, Stephen (2003) Imagining Shakespeare: a History of Texts and Visions, Palgrave Macmillan
Shaughnessy,Robert (2002) The Shakespeare Effect: a History of Twentieth Century Performance, Palgrave Macmillan
Mitter, Shomit (1992) Systems of Rehearsal: Stanislavsky, Brecht, Grotowski and Brook, Routledge
O'Dell, Leslie (2002) Shakespearean Language: a Guide for Actors and Students, Greenwood Press
Weingust, Don (2006) Acting from Shakespeare's First Folio: Theory, Text and Performance
Weinman, Robert (2000) Author's Pen and Actor's Voice: Playing and Writing in Shakespeare's Theatre, CUP
Wells, Stanley; Stanton, Sarah (2002) The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare on Stage, Cambridge CUP
Wilson, Richard (1993) Will Power: Essays on Shakespearean Authority, Harvester Wheatsheaf
Worthen, William (2003) Shakespeare and the Force of Modern Performance, Cambridge CUP
|Host Subject Group:||English|
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