CONTEXTUAL PRACTICE 2 - 2017/8

Module code: ACTM023

Module provider

Guildford School of Acting

Module Leader

BYRNE G Ms (GSA)

Number of Credits

15

ECT Credits

7.5

Framework

FHEQ Level 7

JACs code

W410

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 ASSESSMENT OF WORK IN CLASS AND PERFORMANCE IN REHEARSAL PROJECTS 70%
Coursework CRITICAL EVALUATION (3000 WORDS) 30%

Alternative Assessment

Should a student be unable to participate in the rehearsal project(s) an alternative performance project will be identified or developed, to which the same learning outcomes and assessments can be applied.

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

The student must have passed Semester 1 Modules.  Enrollment is required on other Semester 2 modules.

Module overview

Contextual Practice  2 enables students to deepen and extend techniques in practical rehearsal work on one or more examples of naturalistic text. The module will engage with the specific disciplines of genre and style and will be delivered via committed ensemble practice.

Rehearsal projects will develop the acquisition of a structured and effective rehearsal technique, underpinned by both practice-based and academic research. Students will learn how to analyse and interrogate dramatic text and to identify, evaluate and process character information and objectives within naturalistic genres. They will integrate vocal and physical skills during exposure to the disciplines and opportunities of naturalistic space.

The rehearsal projects will also be supported by a series of acting methodology classes.   These deliver a series of structured psycho-physical exercises exploring preparation, motivation, action, activities and objectives in tandem with the texts used in rehearsal. Physical acting classes also enhance the student’s facility with regard to physical characterisation, and continue with character elements to further extend the students’ understanding of character traits and development. 

The module also develops the student’s expertise in the area of research, preparation and contextual discussion.   Building on the theories, practices and processes regarding character creation and verse/text analysis within a historical context , explored in semester 1, the further implications of expression and demands of style, genre and period are discussed and researched in tandem with the texts used in rehearsal.

Students may examine a range of theories developed by a range of performance practitioners.  This module and its bibliography may be adapted to reflect the interests of the current cohort. 

Guidance and tuition will be given on the creation of the student working journal, the rehearsal logbook including annotated scripts and the analytical and critically reflective written submissions that will be produced in the course of the training.

Module aims

To provide experience of acting in one or more naturalistic text(s).

To apply psycho-physical acting techniques, textual analysis and contextual research to one or more rehearsed performance projects

To enable the necessary integration of appropriate vocal and physical skills to create a vibrant and articulate performance within the naturalistic genre

To reflect critically upon and document a personal learning process

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Analyse and embody complex naturalistic performance text(s). CP
Apply psycho-physical acting techniques, textual analysis and contextual research in a rehearsal context. KCP
Adapt physical and vocal techniques in accordance with period, context, style and genre. KPT
Present the results of analytical and critically reflective processes in written format commensurate with the standards of postgraduate level study KCT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

Indicative content includes:


work on one or more examples of naturalistic text, developing the students’ exposure to and subsequent understanding of the differing technical demands of style and genre.
work may include such examples as Ibsen, Chekhov, Wesker, Williams or Miller, and will enable the
integration of vocal and physical techniques addressed in Semester 2 modules, supported by the contextual research.
There will be a showing of this work to an invited audience.

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching methods include:

Rehearsal workshops

Group and Individual structured improvisations

Seminars

Group and Individual tutorials

 

Assessment Strategy

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

Analyse and embody complex performance text(s). (C, P)


Analyse and embody complex naturalistic performance text(s). (C, P)
Apply psycho-physical acting techniques, textual analysis and contextual research in a rehearsal context. (C,K,P)
Adapt physical and vocal techniques in accordance with period, context, style and genre. (K,P,T)
Present the results of analytical and critically reflective processes in written format commensurate with the standards of postgraduate level study (C,K,T)


Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

Assessment of work in class and performance in rehearsal projects: this addresses (a),(b) and (c), above.  The acting classes will be assessed continuously, and the rehearsal project will be assessed in week 7 of Semester 2.

Critical Evaluation 3,000 words: this addresses (d), above.  This will be assessed in Week 8 of the Semester 2.

Group and individual tutorials continue in weeks 9-15.

 

Formative assessment and feedback


Continuous feedback during rehearsals in class from the instructor
Formative assessment and feedback in Week 4 of semester 2


 

 

 

Assessment Strategy

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

Analyse and embody complex performance text(s). (C, P)


Analyse and embody complex naturalistic performance text(s). (C, P)
Apply psycho-physical acting techniques, textual analysis and contextual research in a rehearsal context. (C,K,P)
Adapt physical and vocal techniques in accordance with period, context, style and genre. (K,P,T)
Present the results of analytical and critically reflective processes in written format commensurate with the standards of postgraduate level study (C,K,T)


 

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

Assessment of work in class and performance in rehearsal projects: this addresses (a),(b) and (c), above.  The acting classes will be assessed continuously, and the rehearsal project will be assessed in week 7 of Semester 2.

Critical Evaluation 3,000 words: this addresses (d), above.  This will be assessed in Week 8 of the Semester 2.

Group and individual tutorials continue in weeks 9-15.

 

Formative assessment and feedback


Continuous feedback during rehearsals in class from the instructor
Formative assessment and feedback in Week 4 of semester 2

Reading list

Reading list for CONTEXTUAL PRACTICE 2 : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/actm023

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.