ED2PTV2-Physical Theatre Vocabularies - 2

Module Provider: Institute of Education
Number of credits: 30 [15 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring / Summer module
Pre-requisites: ED1PTV1 Physical Theatre Vocabularies - 1
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Mr Simon Floodgate

Email: s.floodgate@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
The module has two sections: Physical Theatre and Sign Theatre and provides a platform for deeper practical and theoretical engagement with previously explored forms and skills. It will examine the ways in which the performer can adapt and manipulate these for performance purposes.

Section 1 – Physical Theatre aims to develop students’ repertoire of skills and their ability to apply these through group practices; to develop students’ reflective and critical thinking, relating their own practical experience to physical theatre theories and practices/practitioners; stimulate students’ individual explorations and definitions of physical theatre particularly in relation to dramatic text.

Section 2 - Sign Theatre aims to develop students' skills and confidence in sign translation of dramatic text; to consider the challenges presented in sign translation by differing styles and forms of dramatic text; and to experiment further with the role of 'voice gloss' in a variety of dramatic contexts.

The module will explore devising and structuring performance material.

Assessable learning outcomes:
On successful completion of the module, students will be able to:

•Demonstrate a clear understanding of the challenges presented in sign translation of a particular dramatic text, and an imaginative attempt to find creative solutions to them;
•Identify and work with the dramatic style of a Play within the sign translation;
•Exhibit a level of improvement in terms of clarity and intelligibility of signed translation for an integrated deaf/hearing audience, and create/select an imaginative choice of signs for theatrical purposes;
•Reflect character through signed translation;
•Explore the needs of voice gloss in performance;
•Demonstrate an understanding of a range of physical theatre practices
•Explore creative potential within these forms and techniques
• Demonstrate an ability to explore dramatic text through physical theatre practices
•Utilise a broad range of devising techniques within a performance piece, showing that they can draw theory and practice together both in their practical work and in their writing
•Evaluate their own work

Additional outcomes:
On successful completion of the module students should also be able to:
•develop individual effectiveness when working in small group situations with an integrated deaf/hearing group.
•enhance communication skills, group cohesiveness, and sensitivity to others.
•develop their IT skills employing relevant web resources within their research.

Outline content:
Through practical workshops students will develop skills and understanding as physical theatre performers focussing upon the use of their bodies, gestures, facial expressions and growing knowledge of British Sign Language.

There will be small group presentations related in some way to dramatic text involving research into a selected text.

It culminates in production work which applies acquired skills and knowledge, to the creation of a performance piece incorporating both physical theatre practices and sign theatre. Productions may involve the whole group or be broken into smaller performance units. You will be assessed on process as well as product.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Weekly three hour practical sessions are accompanied by reflective group discussion in the Autumn term. This increases to four hour weekly sessions in the Spring term with additional supervision in the Summer term leading up to performances.
The small group presentations and final group production work involves regular devising/rehearsing preparation.
Compulsory theatre trips in the Autumn and, potentially, the Spring term support subject knowledge.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Project Supervision 16 32 20
Practicals classes and workshops 30 20
Supervised time in studio/workshop 30
External visits 4 4
Guided independent study 64 40 40
Total hours by term 114.00 96.00 90.00
Total hours for module 300.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 20
Oral assessment and presentation 40
Practical skills assessment 40

Other information on summative assessment:
• Students will be assessed individually on small group presentations during the course of the module, for which they will submit accompanying written research evidence. (40%)
• 2,000 word reflective journal (20%)
• Production work (40%)

Formative assessment methods:
Sections of written work may be submitted for formative feedback.

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Length of examination:

    Requirements for a pass:
    An aggregate mark of 40%.

    Reassessment arrangements:
    The practical elements can be reassessed by alternative methods during the summer resit period. The Written Assignments can be resubmitted during the summer resit period following delivery of the module.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
    1) Required text books:
    2) Specialist equipment or materials: A modest budget is provided for the production work. Students should not exceed these with the use of their own funds.
    3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear: Loose, comfortable clothing required for practical work. Students can purchase jazz shoes for practical work if desired but this is optional.
    4) Printing and binding: Programmes for the productions are photo-copied by staff and should not incur cost to students.
    5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
    6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence: There will be a minimum of one and a maximum of three, compulsory theatre trip at a cost of no more than £20 per ticket. Students will be expected to pay for their own travel to the venue(s).

    Last updated: 21 December 2016

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