Module code: THE2028

Module Overview

This module focuses on furthering the contemporary devising practices from the first Laboratory module to develop one or more performance outputs. The module will involve an initial group reflection on the work to date, which will inform the development of performances output(s). The module will refine specific techniques and may introduce further techniques to create a performance. It may take up work developed in the first module and reflect on how to develop this into public performance. Through this work, students will see the process of working from early ideas to focused devising, rehearsal and performance.

Module provider

Guildford School of Acting

Module Leader

REFSKOU Anne-Sophie (GSA)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 5

JACs code: W442

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

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

THE2027 (Theatre Laboratory: Devising) is a co-requisite for this module

Module content

Indicative content will relate to processes of making and reflection on processes and may attend to:

  • Stimuli (place, text, objects, movement etc.)

  • Identified practices

  • Specified concerns/themes/politics etc.

It will involve (in varying ways, based on the project):

  • reflection on work to date

  • identifying connections between stimuli, practices, themes, concerns, etc.

  • forming parts or a whole through project specific processes (e.g. through creating a script or score)

  • clarifying focus

  • rehearsal for performance

  • performance

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Practical based assessment PERFORMANCE GROUP 70
Oral exam or presentation VIVA VOCE (GROUP) 30

Alternative Assessment

For performance: solo workshop performance (Individual)            70% For viva: viva (individual)                                                            30%

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate

  • Attention to practices, themes, ideas etc in a particular process and performance.

  • informed, considered approach to one or more emerging performances.

  • skills of identifying individual contribution and keeping learning open for the final year.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

  • Performance, showing attention to the whole project towards the end of the module (timing dependent on form)

  • A group viva voce (areas of focus for which will be provided by staff) that explores the practices and processes individuals contributed to the project, reflects on the project from social, political and creative perspectives, seeks to position the work within wider contemporary performance contexts. This will take place shortly after the time of the performance.

Formative assessment and feedback

Feedback (written and/or verbal) on the project will be given by staff weekly throughout its development. This will inform both the development and shape of the performance and guide the areas for discussion in the viva, as well as provide clear references and sources for further research/analysis.  Other approaches may include formalised staff or peer feedback, particularly where these have been used in the first Laboratory module.

Module aims

  • Enable students to specialise in their devising practice to fit one or more specific projects
  • Enable informed, creative, practical engagement with an emerging idea or ideas for performance
  • Enable students to reflect on their personal contribution to this focused devising and realisation process.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
1 Focus and specialise on one approach to devising and/or synthesize differing approaches to develop their own practices KCPT
2 Contribute an informed practical creative response to emerging ideas for performance KCPT
3 Reflect on their own contribution to a specific devising project. KCPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 106

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

Prepare students to locate themselves as practitioners within a process of creating contemporary theatre performance. The module will introduce students to stimuli, practices, themes etc, based on earlier explorations in the first Laboratory module. In so doing, it will provide a staged process of moving from devising practices to public performance. Public performance is not required, there may be useful reasons why a final work is not public, for instance, if it engages in autobiographical or community-based work. This work will be devised by students, facilitated and supported by staff. It will prepare students to create their own making processes for the final year, specifically in devised work and the dissertation.

The learning and teaching methods include:

  • 11 x workshops/staff supervisions

  • Rehearsal and performance times

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.

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Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Theatre and Performance BA (Hons) 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% 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.