IMMERSIVE AND PARTICIPATORY PRACTICES - 2021/2
Module code: THE3039
Immersive theatre has become an increasingly popular trend in UK theatre over the past few decades. By removing the traditional stage, it aims to envelop audiences within the performance, blurring the boundary between performer and spectator. Yet, site-specific performance and other applied or community-situated performances have long experimented with interactive forms of performance that play with conventional boundaries. In particular, global practices, such as Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed, have long ago developed legacies of spect-acting from which contemporary immersive performances can build upon.
This module will explore the interconnection between concepts of immersive performance and forms of participation in a theatrical experience. It will emphasise active exploration of the practices by which participation is facilitated and will look both at and beyond the Eurocentric immersive genre to explore practice by a diverse range of artists and practitioners.
Guildford School of Acting
SHAUGHNESSY Robert (GSA)
Number of Credits: 15
ECTS Credits: 7.5
Framework: FHEQ Level 6
JACs code: W440
Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A
Overall student workload
Workshop Hours: 20
Independent Learning Hours: 120
Guided Learning: 10
Prerequisites / Co-requisites
The module will begin with an intensive workshop series of 4 hours weekly for 5 weeks, followed by a series of practical sessions (2 hours studio time per week) developing a performance demonstration.
|Assessment type||Unit of assessment||Weighting|
|Practical based assessment||Performance Demonstration (Group)||60|
|Oral exam or presentation||Post-demonstration Q&A (Group)||40|
Solo performance demonstration and reflection
The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate their developing creative practice as a performance-maker and facilitator.
Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:
•Practice-based assessment (Performative Demonstration) – 60%
Typically to be handed in during teaching block 1
•Oral assessment (Post-demonstration Q&A) – 40%
20 minutes or equivalent. Typically to be completed during teaching block 1
Continuous formative assessment occurs in every class and students will be guided to understand and recognise formative verbal feedback in addition to formal written feedback as essential to their development and learning journey.
These are assessments that provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate and receive feedback from teachers, from peers and of self as directed. Students receive informal and formal verbal and written feedback and also benefit from personal tutorials/feedback panels where this feedback can be discussed after reflection and grading has taken place. Formal feedback will be published via SurreyLearn by a published date within three teaching weeks.
- Acquire knowledge about forms of immersive performance
- Develop an understanding of concepts of participation and participatory theatre practices
- Build practical skills of facilitation
- Create and innovate forms of theatrical interaction
- Critically reflect on processes and experiences of theatrical encounter
|001||Knowledge and understanding of the concepts of immersive and participatory performance practice||K|
|002||Critically reflect and evaluate personal practice and skills development||C|
|003||Innovate and create a short example of participatory performance||PT|
|004||Demonstrate application of concepts of immersive and/or participatory through performance practice||KP|
|005||Work with autonomy, confidence and within time constraints||T|
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:
• Enable independent, creative and confident engagement with immersive and participatory performance practices
• Engage students through active, practice-based learning
• Enable the critically reflective practitioner
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.
Upon accessing the reading list, please search for the module using the module code: THE3039
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
|Theatre and Performance with Creative Writing BA (Hons)||2||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Theatre and Performance with Film Studies BA (Hons)||2||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|English Literature BA (Hons)||2||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|English Literature with Creative Writing BA (Hons)||2||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|English Literature and Spanish BA (Hons)||2||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|English Literature with Film Studies BA (Hons)||2||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|English Literature with German BA (Hons)||2||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|English Literature and French 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 2021/2 academic year.