PUBLIC PRODUCTION - 2017/8

Module code: ACTM019

Module provider

Guildford School of Acting

Module Leader

MCNAMARA AM Mrs (GSA)

Number of Credits

15

ECT Credits

7.5

Framework

FHEQ Level 7

JACs code

W311

Module cap (Maximum number of students)

N/A

Module Availability

Semester 2

Overall student workload

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Practical based assessment PERFORMANCE 70%
Practical based assessment CONTRIBUTION TO PROCESS 30%

Alternative Assessment

Students will be offered an alternative casting opportunity either within, or without GSA. Alternatively the student would be required to create a short individual performance demonstrating the learning outcomes.

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

  All compulsory MAA Modules except Advanced Practice.  

Module overview

 

Students will be cast and directed in a play selected by GSA, the selection to be determined by the skills and the dynamics available in each student group.  There will be four or five weeks of full-time rehearsals followed by a performance week of dress rehearsals and four or five public performances.  The production will be supported by a Director who will give continuous feedback on student progress throughout the course of rehearsals.  Students will learn to negotiate a process of engagement with full production values and staff, comprising costume and make-up supervisors, set and lighting designers and a full professional structure of stage management and technicians.  Guidance on appropriate methodologies and the determining of appropriate goals will be given by the director and disseminated by the DSM.  Directors and production staff are selected from members of the faculty, the production courses and from a pool of professional working directors and technicians. 

Module aims

To consolidate the skills learned in training by creating and performing a character as cast in a professional-standard public production, incorporating integrated acting, voice and movement

To contribute appropriately to ensemble practice in a professional environment

To manage personal engagement in an environment which, as nearly as possible, follows the professional model with professional directors, designers and other creatives

To sustain and develop a working performance technique throughout the demands of a series of public performances

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Demonstration of and ability to apply a pro-active and positive commitment to rehearsal process and ensemble practice
Rigorous self-discipline in terms of time-keeping, rehearsal energy and professional practice
The ability to apply skill and knowledge in order to effect an appropriate, truthful and contextually accurate interpretation of a character
The ability to be creative and imaginative within the bounds of a prescribed text and to respond positively and constructively to direction
The ability to demonstrate flexibility, variation and depth within the realisation of a character

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

 

Indicative content includes:

The module will commence with preliminary auditions requiring preparation of appropriate presented material to a professional panel.  Recall auditions may ensue until the final casting is decided according to individual ability and developmental needs.  There will be four or five weeks of intensive rehearsal with the director, together with consultations with design, wardrobe, make-up and marketing departments.  This is followed by a production week that will include a demanding and lengthy technical rehearsal and two dress rehearsals.  The module will culminate at least four public performances.

Methods of Teaching / Learning

Professional standard auditions

Group and independent research

Group and individual rehearsals

Dress rehearsals and technical inductions

Performances

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate


The ability to apply a pro-active and positive commitment to rehearsal process and ensemble practice. (K,P)
Rigorous self-discipline in terms of time-keeping, rehearsal energy and professional practice.(T,P)
The ability to apply skill and knowledge in order to effect an appropriate, truthful and contextually accurate interpretation of a character. (C,K,P)
The ability to be creative and imaginative within the bounds of a prescribed text and to respond positively and constructively to direction.(K,T,P)
The ability to demonstrate flexibility, variation and depth within the realisation of a character(K,P)


Key: C-Cognitive/Analytical; K-Subject Knowledge; T-Transferable Skills; P- Professional/ Practical skills

 

 

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

Assessment of performance (70%) – this addresses 3,4,5 above

Assessment of contribution to performance (30%) – this addresses 1,2,3,4 and 5, above.

 

The Public Production will be performed at the end of Weeks 12 and 13 of Semester 2.  It will be assessed in weeks 13 and 14 of Semester 2.  [Production schedules depend on venue availability and overall season/production planning, and so may fluctuate slightly].

 

Formative assessment and feedback

Continuous feedback during rehearsals in class from the instructor

Reading list

Reading list for PUBLIC PRODUCTION : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/actm019

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.