ED3THP-20th and 21st Century Theatre Practitioners

Module Provider: Institute of Education
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring term module
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:
ED3THP integrates lectures, seminars and practical workshops to examine significant figures of the last one hundred years in physical and visual theatre and performance practice.

This module aims to provide students with an examination of a range of significant theatre practitioners throughout the twentieth century and into the twenty-first century. It intends to appraise the importance of a variety of Directors, Actors, Actor Trainers and Workshop Practitioners. All chosen artists will have some bearing on the physical and visual nature of the Programme as a whole. There will always be an attempt to include a contemporary practitioner and to incorporate a theatre visit in relation to contemporary work.

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

•Critically evaluate and discuss the theories and practices of a range of twentieth and twenty-first century Theatre Practitioners
•Compare and contrast the different approaches to theatre production and events of a variety of Theatre Directors, Actors and Trainers
•Appraise the work of a range of practitioners through both verbal/signed debate and through practical exercises
•Plan, research, organise and articulate their arguments effectively in writing and in seminar presentation

Additional outcomes:
On successful completion of the module students should also be able to:
•improve communication skills in a deaf/hearing integrated context.
•develop their skills in presentation and management of debate.
•develop their IT skills, employing relevant web resources within their research.

Outline content:
The content focuses upon a range of theatre practitioners who have enhanced physical and visual performance practice. It will analyse the methodologies of several key directors who challenged notions of realism throughout the twentieth century. It will address practitioners who have responded to postmodernism emerging from the avantgarde performance practice of the USA and developments in central and western Europe in the latter half of the twentieth century, leading towards multi-media performance in the twenty first century. Emphasis will be given to the key relationship between the director and the actor and differing methodologies of actor training.

The work of key practitioners such as, Vsevelod Meyerhold, , Jerzy Grotowski, Pina Bausch, Augusto Boal, Robert Wilson, and Robert LePage may be addressed.

Global context:
The module has a strong international flavour within its subject matter. There is study of practitioners from Russia, Germany, Brazil, the USA and Canada and reference to many global theatre contexts.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
A mixture of two hour lectures, used to establish contexts and to introduce issues for discussion and debate, and student-led seminar papers presented in small groups, with practical workshops enabling students to develop ideas through practice. Each week requires preparatory reading for group discussion, screenings for analysis of performances. It is intended that visits to performances will take place as part of the module and there is a charge for these.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 6 4
Seminars 10 10
Project Supervision 1 1
Practicals classes and workshops 9 9
External visits 4 6
Guided independent study 70 70
Total hours by term 100.00 100.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 50
Oral assessment and presentation 50

Other information on summative assessment:
•Students submit one written assignment of approximately 3,000 words.
•Students will be assessed individually on their small group presentations during the course of the module, for which they will submit accompanying written research evidence.

Formative assessment methods:

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 overall mark of 40%.

    Reassessment arrangements:
    The practical elements can be reassessed by written assignment during the summer resit period. The Written Assignment 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:
    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:
    5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
    6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence: There will be a minimum of one 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.

    Last updated: 21 December 2016

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