Module code: MUT1018

Module Overview

Acting 2  is key component of the BA (Hons) Musical Theatre introducing and exploring the fundamentals of a range of theories and training exercises inspired by the principles and practices of seminal practitioners.

Unit 1: - Acting & Text (50%)

This unit is designed to introduce students to contemporary and classical dramatic writing, students will apply method and practitioner technique to a range of text and scenes from plays ranging from Shakespearean or Jacobean text to contemporary Musical Theatre book work. Strong emphasis will be placed on verse speaking, understanding iambic rhythm, thought structure and direct audience address, always making the link with similar processes in musical theatre.

American Naturalism in Performance

This unit serves as in introduction to the process work that is needed to practically explore the ideas of Stanislavski. Through a series of classes students will be introduced to the process of applying these ideas in preparation for rehearsal and performance.

Students are introduced to the practice of a modern professional rehearsal room, through a project working under near professional rehearsal conditions and practices. Texts for study will be chosen from the canon which most influence d the development of modern musical theatre: the American writers of the twentieth century

Module provider

Guildford School of Acting

Module Leader


Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 4

JACs code: W410

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

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Students are required to have attended Acting 1 and Context 1 before advancing to this module.

Module content

Indicative content includes:


Shakespeare and Contemporaries: Rehearsal Project (Practical)

Contextual Analysis

Working with verse

Character and context

Characterisation and Mining Text

Circles of Concentration/Circles of Voice

Connection with text.

Application of principles of circles of concentration.

Playing of Action, Objective and Intention.

Active Analysis.

Sensitivity to space and physicality.


American Naturalism in Performance:

Introducing Stanislavski.


Units and Sections,

Circles of Attention.

Active Analysis.

Working in Rehearsal.

Developing Material.

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting

Alternative Assessment

PLEASE NOTE – In the event of student being unable to complete all or any specific component of the module a practical resit opportunity will be arranged where they will be required to present an extended monologue of approximately 4mins duration alongside an annotated text detailing actions, objectives and textual analysis.

Assessment Strategy

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

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

Shakespeare and Contemporaries: Rehearsal Project (Practical)

This is a practical assessment that provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate and receive formative feedback in terms of…

Student Activity                                                                   Link to Learning Outcome(s)


Analysis of text and narrative                                                                                                                                        1,2,3,4,5                                                           

Application of a methodological approach                                                                                                                    1,2,3,4,5

Participation and engagement with class, rehearsal and/or performance                                                                     1,2,3,4,5

Integration of disciplines in rehearsal and performance                                                                                                1,2,3,4,5

Ability to reflect on and plan work for class/rehearsal                                                                                                    1,2,3,4,5


American Naturalism in Performance:


This is a practical assessment that provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate skills learnt in terms of…

Student Activity                                                                   Link to Learning Outcome(s)

Engagement with a defined process of creating character.                                                                                              1,2,4,5

A physical approach to text.                                                                                                                                              1,3,4,5

A  developing understanding of themethodologies of developing a character.                                                                 1,2,3,5                                        

The use of clear actions and objectives within a performance.                                                                                     1,,2,3,4,5

To sustain a believable character in performance and  sustained rehearsal.                                                                    1,2,3,4

Continuous assessment of class based process                                                                                                                    3,4,


Formative assessment and feedback and support:

Students will have attended Acting 101 and been aware of the systems and methods of assessment. This module provides a firm foundation for Acting 102. During the module work is supported through verbal feedback, peer to peer assessment and personal tutorial support around the class. With these measures in place a student is well placed to achieve the criteria through multiple points of assessment across the 15 week semester.

Module aims

  • Develop key skills in the fundamentals of acting method with Level 4 students. The key practitioner is Stanislavski however other practitioners, for example Lecoq, Alfreds and Meisner may be studied or referenced alongside the core Stanislavskian methods.
  • Work continues in this module on developing a personal and methodological approach to physicality on stage and developing the capability of a student to use their body and physicality in a variety of complex situations.
  • The overall aim of the module is to equip students with the physical, intellectual, practical and emotional skills to approach text or performance with methodological rigor.
  • The module culminates with a performance of work that aims to highlight for the student the necessity of integrating methodology to dance and song and embed the skills essential to extended study at Level 5.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Evidence of a developing technique and skill to play an action in pursuit of an objective within a set of given circumstances KCPT
002 Demonstrate an ability to analyse, interrogate and critically engage with dramatic theory and/or performance texts, starting to apply methodological approaches to achieve truthful performance.  KCPT
003 Demonstrate physical awareness of the body and its ability to affect space and realise choices relating to character, situation and emotion.  KCPT
004 Evidence a developing understanding of the etiquette and systems of the modern rehearsal / workshop process and a willingness to stretch and evolve personal practice. KCPT
005 Evidence an ability to adapt the technique of acting to a range of styles and observe the truthfulness of playing a character whilst integrating key disciplines.  KCPT
006 Adapt physical and vocal characteristics in accordance with period, context style and genre KCPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Workshop Hours: 113

Independent Study Hours: 37

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

  • Place an emphasis on the practical development of skills that are required for extended and best practice in the profession.

  • To enable students to acquire skills in character building, physical presence and intention in the space all of which lead on to a firm foundation moving toward the study of acting at Level 5.

The learning and teaching methods include:

Across the semester this module is delivered over 150 hours study across the semester

Throughout the module different learning and teaching strategies are applied to enable students to achieve the learning outcomes, including research, reflective practice, peer to peer learning and formative assessment with written feedback.

In depth.

  • The approach of the module is vocational in content and delivery and encourages students to participate in reflection on their own practice, independent study and research and embeds the concepts of peer to peer feedback within the rehearsal room. Students are encouraged to utilise materials on SURREY LEARN and also receive individual tutorials from staff to help in forming their learning experience.

  • Students receive regular verbal feedback both individually and as a group during each class which they are encouraged to journal within the reflection time which is built in to the lesson plan every week.

  • Students are encouraged to self-assess and peer-assess within the class structure and as part of the ethos of training as an actor.

  • Lesson plans are structured to take account of and deliver for students with a specifc bias toward visual, auditory and kinaesthetic learning enabling differentation of techniques within the class.

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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