Module code: THE1028

Module Overview

This module introduces students to a range of acting and performance strands, methods and techniques in theatre, drawing on, for example, Stanislavski, Vsevolod Meyerhold, Jacques Lecoq, Michael Chekhov, Jacques Copeau, Augusto Boal, Complicite, Gecko, DV8, Frantic Assembly, which may include special focus on physicality (including awareness of body and movement, awareness of voice and speech, mask work), improvisation and play.


It also emphasises practice-based enquiry to provide students with direct experience and critical awareness of key questions related to, for example, theatre as an embodied process, working with texts, non-naturalist styles, the actor/performer as creator and instigator of creative processes, collaborative working processes, including devising in small groups.

Module provider

Guildford School of Acting

Module Leader

REFSKOU Anne-Sophie (GSA)

Number of Credits: 30

ECTS Credits: 15

Framework: FHEQ Level 4

JACs code: W440

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

Module Availability

Year long

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content includes:

  • Voice work and speech

  • Physicality and movement

  • Mask work

  • Improvisation

  • Character work

  • Devising, individual and collective

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Practical based assessment Small Group Performance - Group 50
Coursework Research Portfolio - Individual - 1500 words 50

Alternative Assessment

Group performance: Research Portfolio (individual) 2500 words

Assessment Strategy

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

their first-hand experience, knowledge and understanding of strands, methods and techniques in 20th and 21st century theatre and performance, through practical application and critical reflection


Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

  • a devised performance (small group) of c. 10 minutes. This may draw on a theatrical text selected by the group.

  • A written research portfolio (individual) in which students must reflect on select aspects of some or all the following: workshop content and discoveries, key practitioners and techniques, devising processes and refer to relevant critical and practical readings


Formative assessment


Individual work demonstrations with tutor feedback halfway through terms



Students will receive formative feedback on individual and group work throughout both terms

Students will receive formal written feedback on group performances and individual research portfolios

Module aims

  • To introduce a range of acting and performance strands, methods and techniques in 20th and 21st century theatre and performance.
  • To provide students with direct, embodied experience and understanding of these and enable critical reflection on them through practical workshops, relevant readings (critical and practical) and in-class discussion.
  • To consider and engage the expressive potential of the body in performance and inspire creativity, individual and collective play and development of practice.
  • To introduce practice-based enquiry and exploration.
  • To enable students’ to use and test learning in practice through collaboratively devised group performances.
  • To enhance students’ ability to articulate and present practice-based experience and understanding in writing.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Engage practically, creatively and critically with a range of acting and performance strands, methods and techniques in 20th and 21st century theatre and performance. CKP
002 Develop and reflect on their own theatre and performance practice, both individually and collectively. CPT
003 Articulate and communicate embodied experience, research and acquired skills in clear and structured writing. CKT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Workshop Hours: 40

Independent Study Hours: 260

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:


  • Enhance knowledge, experience and understanding of strands, methods and techniques in 20th and 21st century theatre and performance (particularly with regards to physicality, improvisation and play)

  • Promote a supportive and inspiring space for testing performances practices through direct experience, improvisation and play

  • Enhance students’ own theatre and performance practice, individually and collectively

  • Enhance cognitive skill in reflection on own practice in relation to acquired knowledge and skills.

  • Enhance confidence and the ability to articulate and present ideas clearly and effectively


The learning and teaching methods include:


  • Practice-based workshops

  • in-class reflection and discussion

  • supervised devising and rehearsal of small group 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


Other information

Under the three term structure that commences from academic year 2019/0 – this module’s delivery is year-long due to the teaching occurring in Teaching Blocks 1 and 2.

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 2020/1 academic year.