Module code: THE1030

Module Overview

This module introduces students to techniques and practices of performing in a text-based theatre project under supervision. A play text or texts will be used as a starting point for exploring a particular genre of theatre, and some of the current debates and practices connected with that genre, and this work will culminate in a performative demonstration/presentation. Students will be expected to bring work to the supervisor for critique and development, with the emphasis being on approaching practice as a form of enquiry.

Work in this module will connect with and build upon the knowledge developed in other modules in the year. Students will become familiar with working practices in rehearsal, explorative practice, and performance. Students will rehearse and perform at least one character from the selected text(s), and contribute to the collective effort of mounting their demonstration/presentation; they will also demonstrate their abilities to prepare and reflect upon their character(s) and key elements of their process. To these ends, the module will consist of workshops, rehearsals, discussions, and independent work wherein students (either individually or in groups) prepare their roles and explore different processes of performance practice. The module thus introduces approaches to practice and performance from a critically-informed perspective, and provides one model of working under supervision to inform future performance projects, while also encouraging independent creativity and initiative as well as structured and productive reflective practices.

Module provider

Guildford School of Acting

Module Leader

WAGNER Matthew (GSA)

Number of Credits: 30

ECTS Credits: 15

Framework: FHEQ Level 4

JACs code:

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

Module Availability

Year long

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content includes:

In this module, students will be directed in a performance of one or more play texts, or a project based upon such text(s). As such, primary content will be comprised of the relevant text(s) and appropriate contexts. Additionally, the module may include sessions on:

• Specific actor training methodologies

• Character research and preparation

• Student-led presentations

• Rehearsals/tutorials

• Intensive tech/dress rehearsals

• Performances

• Individual and group reflections

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework Character Preparation 30
Practical based assessment Performance Showing 70

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge of particular text(s)/character(s), their ability to prepare a role for performance according to a specific mode of working under direction, and their ability to realize a secure, coherent performance in a staged production.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

• Character Preparation (Written 30%)

• Performance (Practical 70%)

Formative assessment



Feedback will be given continually through the class/rehearsal process, and specific feedback will be offered on the character preparation, which will aid in the development of the performance.

Module aims

  • • Enable students to develop and demonstrate knowledge of text, character, performance style and the requirements of, and imperatives in, staging a text;
  • • To prepare students for performance that is informed by specific rehearsal and production processes;
  • • To introduce students to productive tools for reflective self-analysis, particularly with respect to creative work;
  • • Create a theatre performance (or performances) in which students develop character and situation in response to individual creative exploration, direction and production constraints.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed Ref
001 Demonstrate a knowledge of, and ability to work within, selected rehearsal techniques KPT
002 Demonstrate a knowledge of, and ability to analyse, selected theatrical text(s) and character(s) CKP
003 Demonstrate the ability to productively record key components of their creative process(es) PT
004 Demonstrate personal responsibility and adaptability to facilitate directorial requirements of staging a dramatic text in a production context PT
005 Present a character in a dramatic context that shows retention of informed understanding through research and a rehearsal period KP
006 Inhabit and bring to life the text through individual work on character and understanding of situation in performance CKP
007 Productively reflect on their creative and professional practices PT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 160

Lecture Hours: 70

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to provide students with hands-on experience in the preparation of role(s) for performance, the performance of those roles, and the reflection on the relevant processes.

The learning and teaching methods may include:

• Class discussion

• Workshops

• Master classes

• Tutored rehearsals (as a group or individually)

• Independent rehearsals (as a group or individually)

• Live performances

• Individual and group reflective discussions

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 THEATRE PROJECT :

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 2 and 3.

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.