REHEARSAL MODULE 2 - 2017/8

Module code: ACT1020

Module provider

Guildford School of Acting

Module Leader

NEALE RT Mr (GSA)

Number of Credits

15

ECT Credits

7.5

Framework

FHEQ Level 4

JACs code

W450

Module cap (Maximum number of students)

N/A

Module Availability

Semester 2

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 26

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Practical based assessment NATURALISM: PROCESS/PRACTICE/PRESENTATION 50
Practical based assessment AMERICAN REALISM: PROCESS/PRACTICE/PRESENTATION 50

Alternative Assessment

N/A

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Students will be expected to attend warm-up sessions and arrive appropriately prepared for physical work. Detailed and extensive research and preparation will be necessary in pursuit of the modules aims and objectives.

Module overview

During the first half of the semester, students will work with a tutor/director on scenes from Naturalistic texts. The scenes will be presented at the end of the rehearsal period to a student audience.

During the second half of the semester, students will work with a Tutor/Director on scenes from a 20th century American Realist text. The scenes will be presented at the end of the rehearsal period to a student audience.

Module aims

Encourage the development of a rigorous personal artistic process

Encourage the development of strategies for practical production exercises.

Apply a convincing understanding of a range of techniques relevant to contemporary acting

Develop an understanding of what is required in the delivery of a text in performance.

Develop an ability to reflect cogently upon and document personal learning

Develop an understanding of research methodologies appropriate for the actor

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Evidence an ability to employ research methodologies to the practice of acting.
Evidence the beginnings of a personal rehearsal process
Reflect more clearly on personal strengths and weaknesses
Self-assess some needs for personal
Play a series of actions in pursuit of an objective within a set of given circumstances.
Display a growing knowledge of naturalistic and realistic performance texts

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content


Indicative content includes:


Scenes for the first half of the semester will be selected from plays by writers including, but not necessarily limited to, the following: Anton Chekov, Henrik Ibsen, August Strindberg, George Bernard Shaw and Harley Granville-Barker.

Scenes for the second half of the semester will be selected from plays by writers including, but not necessarily limited to, the following: Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller, Eugene O’Neil, David Mamet and Sam Shepherd.

In both projects, scenes will be selected and cast by the Tutor in consultation with the Programme Leader, to give specific challenges to the particular group of students.

The focus of the module is on the process of the actor. The presentation of the scenes at the end of the project is designed to give a finishing point. However, it is important to note that the scene presentation is of work in progress and is not, at this stage of the programme, separately assessed.

Methods of Teaching / Learning


The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:


Focus the student on the process of the actor in preparation and rehearsal.

Give a practical text-based application for work covered in Semester 1.

Give students an experience of rehearsal room etiquette and approaches.


The learning and teaching methods include:


12 hours workshops/rehearsals per week for 12 weeks of semester 2.

Assessment Strategy

Reading list

Reading list for REHEARSAL MODULE 2 : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/act1020

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Acting BA (Hons) 2 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 2017/8 academic year.