Module code: APP2004

Module Overview

The Ensemble and the Audience offers the student opportunity to integrate principles and skills encountered from across the programme. Building on the work of The Actor and the Ensemble at Level 4, the student will deepen their relationship to collaboration, artistic autonomy and self-made work by exploring techniques of and taking stimulus from theatre for young audiences in Teaching Block 1 and theatre as change making in Teaching Block 2 to create inclusive ensemble based, self-generated work. Work is developed via critical reflection of existing practitioners and companies, examining global practice through the lens of both creator and audience. The work in progress is shared with peers in a safe and enabling practical performance setting. Students may wish to engage with the work by taking on a professional creative role required in the facilitation of the collaborative project.

Students will be encouraged to observe and participate in sustainable enterprise and entrepreneurship, to foster an understanding of relevant sustainable financial and business models. They will also be encouraged to collaborate with the community (outreach projects, events, initiatives) in order to understand the creation of sustainable funding streams, and consider existing resources when designing and devising.

Module provider

Guildford School of Acting

Module Leader


Number of Credits: 30

ECTS Credits: 15

Framework: FHEQ Level 5

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

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 60

Tutorial Hours: 8

Practical/Performance Hours: 232

Module Availability

Year long

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

In teaching blocks 1 and 2, students will undertake weekly practical studio based workshops:

  • Theatre for Young Audiences – Teaching Block 1

  • Theatre as Change Making Site Specific – Teaching Block 2

The final week of each project will include a group tutorial, to enable student and tutor joint reflection and action planning.

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Practical based assessment Practice Assessment 50
Practical based assessment Presentation Assessment 50

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate a practical evidence of a developing methodology as a creative practitioner.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

  • Practice assessment of creative collaborative classwork through two units of work: theatre for young audiences and theatre as change making

  • Presentation assessment of creative process and reflective analysis through two units of work: theatre for young audiences and theatre as change making

Formative assessment
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 practical assessments that provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate and receive feedback continually, verbally, 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.

Module aims

  • To provide an ensemble training context for the development of professional skills based on practical understanding and self-reflection within creative contexts
  • To facilitate the acquisition and development of vocal and physical techniques, skills and universal vocabularies inherent within the creative industries
  • To enable experiential understanding of theatre and drama, adding to it a level of critical awareness and analytical ability which will enrich practice and extend potential, as inclusive interpreters, facilitators and creators
  • To empower students who can contribute creatively, innovatively, inclusively and intelligently to their chosen professional field

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Knowledge and understanding of safe and integrated technical practice K
002 Knowledge and understanding of key historical, political, social and ethical developments in theatre K
003 Knowledge and understanding of the logistics of creating theatre as a collaborative enterprise K
004 Knowledge and understanding of technical and professional support required for self and others to sustain a career K
005 Critically and practically develop technically skilled performance within diverse contexts and scenarios C
006 Draw from the working practice of established practitioners and companies and apply to personal creative practice C
007 Critically analyse and evaluate personal professional practice within the collaborative creative process C
008 Apply technical skills required in the creative collaborative process P
009 Engage creatively with the skills and processes by which performance is created, and have an ability to select, evaluate, refine and present outcomes through performance to diverse audiences P
010 Evaluate, select and create appropriate material for performance to a specific audience with a clearly established and communicated purpose P
011 Demonstrate discipline and consistency in a professional context P
012 Integrate an embodied understanding of creative risk taking within personal practice T

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:

  •  Enable collaborative practical engagement with and inclusive facilitation of core practical technical performance skills through group activity

  •  Facilitate reflective consideration of diverse audiences for performance

  •  Enable the collaborative, articulate, inclusive and 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.

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Other information

GSA delivers its provision across three teaching blocks, within the University of Surrey’s existing semester structure

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Applied and Contemporary Theatre BA (Hons)(YEAR LONG) Year-long Compulsory 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 2023/4 academic year.