Module code: ACTM039

Module Overview

The project begins with a consideration of how the actor accesses the dynamic possibilities of the open stage and a physical approach to storytelling. Initial work on verse-speaking will identify common rhetorical schemes and embedded stage directions, and encourage the student to explore the performance opportunities presented in these and other features of Shakespeare’s language. Developing exercises will investigate some of the possibilities inherent in the theatre conventions of Shakespeare’s time, such as universal lighting, continuous staging, and direct audience address. The rehearsal project will culminate in the staging and sharing of scenes from one or more plays.

Module provider

Guildford School of Acting

Module Leader


Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

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

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 57

Practical/Performance Hours: 93

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Masterclasses in verse speaking use short excerpts of verse, sonnets and prose to familiarise the student with the performance opportunities embedded in the text.
Rehearsals of scenes in class provide opportunities to synthesise skills acquired in this module and in other aspects of the course.

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Practical based assessment Summative assessment: Continuous assessment of classroom rehearsal practice 100

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

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

1 Creative and imaginative approaches to Shakespeare’s plays in rehearsal and performance

2 The ability to evaluate the relationship between the performer, the narrative, and the performance conditions of Shakespeare’s plays

3 A sophisticated understanding of Shakespeare’s verse style and genre

4 Effective collaborative strategies in rehearsal.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

Continuous assessment of the student’s engagement with classroom activities and rehearsal practice. This addresses 1, 3 and 4, above.

Formative assessment

Formative Assessment consists of an evaluation of the student’s contribution to the process, and an evaluation of the student’s working journal, at the mid point of the project. This addresses 2, above.


Informal formative verbal feedback from tutors will be provided via class activities, email exchange, and personal tutorials.

Module aims

  • Help students develop a systematic rehearsal practice in response to a classical text.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Develop creative and imaginative approaches to Shakespeare’s plays in rehearsal and performance K
002 Evaluate the relationship between the performer, the narrative, and the performance context of Shakespeare’s plays. C
003 Develop a sophisticated understanding of Shakespeare’s verse style and genre C
004 Demonstrate effective collaborative strategies in rehearsal PT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

• Develop the student’s knowledge, understanding and creative approach to Shakespeare’s plays in rehearsal and performance.

• Encourage students to work collaboratively, with an emphasis on group activity and ensemble storytelling.

The learning and teaching methods include:

• Masterclasses in verse speaking and class rehearsals of scenes (90 hours)

• Showings of Shakespeare project (3 hours)

• Daily journal entry, and independent research and study (47 hours)

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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Other information

Under the three term structure that commences from academic year 2019/0 – this module’s delivery falls in Semester 1 due to the teaching occurring in Teaching Block 1.

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Acting MA 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
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 2019/0 academic year.