NATURALISM AND THE ACTOR - 2023/4
Module code: TDLM016
This module will engage students in the study of Naturalism, examining its origins, influence, impact and legacy upon theatre and actor training. Practitioners to be studied include, but are not restricted to: Ibsen, Strindberg, Chekhov, Stanislavski, Shaw, O'Neill. Original performance contexts will be studied alongside historical and contemporary development and contexts. Students will have the freedom to investigate Naturalism within the context of non-Western theatre practices if they wish.
Guildford School of Acting
DAVIDSON Andrew (GSA)
Number of Credits: 15
ECTS Credits: 7.5
Framework: FHEQ Level 7
JACs code: W440
Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A
Overall student workload
Independent Learning Hours: 60
Seminar Hours: 7
Guided Learning: 63
Captured Content: 20
Prerequisites / Co-requisites
Students will take this module following these modules: The Greeks and Shakespeare. Students will take this module alongside the following module: The Background to Theatre.
Indicative content includes:
- Online and Distance study arising from the module material and Essential Reading texts, as laid out in the module reading list. Topics and practitioners to be studied include, but are not restricted to: Zola, Ibsen, Strindberg, Anton Chekhov, Stanislavski, Shaw, Antoine
- Seminar sessions amounting to two full days at GSA (also available remotely and online) to include writing skills, personal tutorials and target setting and the study of Naturalism and Western actor training traditions
|Assessment type||Unit of assessment||Weighting|
|Coursework||Coursework: Essay (2,500 words)||100|
The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate the following through their formal written summative submission, in addition to their engagement with the formative assessment, module content and associated activities:
- Demonstrate the ability to retrieve and process information and to communicate clearly in writing (T)
- Knowledge and understanding of key historical, political, social and ethical developments in theatre (K)
- Knowledge and understanding of theories of acting and styles of theatrical performance (K)
- Apply key theories of performance, theatrical reception and critique on influential theatrical texts and their contexts (P)
- Apply critical thought and understanding to key historical, political, social and ethical developments in theatre (P)
- Analyse and evaluate the impact of past traditions and contexts upon contemporary theatrical practices (C)
- Evaluate the work of others with critical objectivity (T)
Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:
- 2,500 word essay in response to a set question/task
Formative Assessment consists of an outline plan for the summative assignment in the students own choice of form, which may include, but is not restricted to an essay plan, poster, PowerPoint or equivalent software presentation, podcast (1000 words or equivalent)
Informal formative feedback from tutors will be provided via, but is not restricted to, the virtual learning environment, email exchange, personal tutorials in person or via Skype, or equivalent software.
Ongoing informal formative feedback from the tutor is facilitated by, but not restricted to, structured discussion boards on the virtual learning environment and email exchange.
Summative formal written feedback will follow submission of the summative assessment.
- This module aims to enable students to engage with historical and contemporary perspectives of Naturalism in performance and Western actor training traditions, in order to gain and evidence a knowledge of:
- • Theatre as a social, moral, ethical voice
- • The relationship between the actor and audience
- • The development of actor training
- • The construction of Naturalism in performance
- • The construction of theatrical and social meaning across cultures and societies
|001||Demonstrate the ability to retrieve and process information and to communicate clearly in writing||T|
|002||Knowledge and understanding of key historical, political, social and ethical developments in theatre||K|
|003||Knowledge and understanding of theories of acting and styles of theatrical performance||K|
|004||Apply key theories of performance, theatrical reception and critique on influential theatrical texts and their contexts||P|
|005||Apply critical thought and understanding to key historical, political, social and ethical developments in theatre||P|
|006||Analyse and evaluate the impact of past traditions and contexts upon contemporary theatrical practices||C|
|007||Evaluate the work of others with critical objectivity||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:
- Actively engage online and distance learners with Naturalism and Western actor training through a range of learning and teaching strategies
- Enable the online and distance learner to access core concepts studied and apply these to selected contexts
- Allow the online and distance learner to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of the core concepts of Naturalism and Western actor training through the structured exploration of performance possibilities and production history of selected texts
The learning and teaching methods include:
- Study based on module content and associated activities via the virtual learning environment dring teaching block 3 (83 hours).
- Seminar weekend (7 hours).
- Tutor guided distance learning/independent study based on required purchase texts and online Library resources (60 hours).
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: TDLM016
GSA delivers its provision across three teaching blocks, within the University of Surrey’s existing semester structure.
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.