PUBLIC PRODUCTION 2 - 2018/9

Module code: ACTM036

Module Overview

Students will be cast and directed in a play selected by GSA, to expand on their existing generic repertoire. The selection will be determined by the skills and the dynamics available in each student group, and the contrast required to the play chosen for Public Production 1. There will be four or five weeks of full-time rehearsals followed by a performance week of dress rehearsals and four or five public performances. The production will be supported by a Director who will give continuous feedback on student progress throughout the course of rehearsals. Students will learn to negotiate a process of engagement with full production values and staff, comprising costume and make-up supervisors, set and lighting designers and a full professional structure of stage management and technicians. Guidance on appropriate methodologies and the determining of appropriate goals will be given by the director and disseminated by the DSM. Directors and production staff are selected from members of the faculty, the production courses and from a pool of professional working directors and technicians.

Module provider

Guildford School of Acting

Module Leader

BESSELL JE Dr (GSA)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

JACs code: W470

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Students must have successfully completed all modules in Semesters 1 and 2

Module content

The module will commence with preliminary auditions requiring preparation of appropriate presented material to a professional panel. Recall auditions may ensue until the final casting is decided according to individual ability and developmental needs. There will be approximately four weeks of intensive rehearsal with the director, together with consultations with design, wardrobe, make-up and marketing departments. This is followed by a production week that will include a demanding and lengthy technical rehearsal and two dress rehearsals. The module will culminate at least four public performances.

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Practical based assessment Performance 70
Practical based assessment Contribution to process 30

Alternative Assessment

N/A

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate
6. The ability to apply a pro-active and positive commitment to rehearsal process and ensemble practice. (K,P)
7. Rigorous self-discipline in terms of time-keeping, rehearsal energy and professional practice.(T,P)
8. The ability to apply skill and knowledge in order to effect an appropriate, truthful and contextually accurate interpretation of a character. (C,K,P)
9. The ability to be creative and imaginative within the bounds of a prescribed text and to respond positively and constructively to direction.(K,T,P)
10. The ability to demonstrate flexibility, variation and depth within the realisation of a character(K,P)
Key: C-Cognitive/Analytical; K-Subject Knowledge; T-Transferable Skills; P- Professional/ Practical skills
Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:
Assessment of performance (70%) – this addresses 3,4,5 above
Assessment of contribution to performance (30%) – this addresses 1,2,3,4 and 5, above.
The Public Production will be performed in Weeks 12 and 13 of Semester 3. It will be assessed in weeks 13 and 14 of Semester 2. [Production schedules depend on venue availability and overall season/production planning, and so may fluctuate slightly].
Formative assessment and feedback
Continuous feedback during rehearsals in class from the instructor

Module aims

  • To consolidate the skills learned in Public Production 1, and throughout training, by creating and performing a character as cast in a professional-standard public production, incorporating integrated acting, voice and movement.
  • To contribute appropriately to ensemble practice in a professional environment
  • To manage personal engagement in an environment which, as nearly as possible, follows the professional model with professional directors, designers and other creatives.
  • To sustain and develop a working performance technique throughout the demands of a series of public performances.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Demonstration of and ability to apply a pro-active and positive commitment to rehearsal process and ensemble practice. K
002 Rigorous self-discipline in terms of time-keeping, rehearsal energy and professional practice. K
003 The ability to apply skill and knowledge in order to effect an appropriate, truthful and contextually accurate interpretation of a character. K
004 The ability to be creative and imaginative within the bounds of a prescribed text and to respond positively and constructively to direction. K
005 The ability to demonstrate flexibility, variation and depth within the realisation of a character K

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Workshop Hours: 150

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:
 Help the student consolidate the skills learned in training by creating and performing a character as cast in a professional-standard public production, incorporating integrated acting, voice and movement.
 Allow the student to contribute appropriately to ensemble practice in a professional environment
 Help the student to manage personal engagement in an environment which, as nearly as possible, follows the professional model with professional directors, designers and other creatives.
 Promote a sustained and developed performance technique throughout the demands of a series of public performances.
The learning and teaching methods include:
Professional standard auditions
Group and independent research
Group and individual rehearsals
Dress rehearsals and technical inductions
Performances

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list

Reading list for PUBLIC PRODUCTION 2 : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/actm036

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Acting MFA 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2018/9 academic year.