FT1P2T-Practical 2: Theatre

Module Provider: Film, Theatre and TV
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Co-requisites: FT1P1M Practical 1: Making Meaning
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Dr Lisa Woynarski

Email: l.woynarski@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
This module focuses upon the critical and practical skills and processes necessary for realising theatrical performance in practice. It is based in developing the application of textual analysis, studio experimentation and individual and group research to the process of creating live theatre, drawing on the issues developed in Practical 1: Making Meaning. Students’ interpersonal skills necessary for the development of creative group work will be enhanced and they will be introduced to a range of basic technical skills. It will develop skills of written analysis of performance introduced in Practical 1: Making Meaning and extend understanding of the documentation of their own practice.

This module aims to give students experience of developing and devising work in theatre and performance, cultivating an understanding of the practices and critical processes that come together in the realisation of performance. It aims to reinforce the critical relationship between development of meaning and creative decision-making introduced in Practical 1: Making Meaning, giving students experience in the application of systematic approaches to theatre practice, individual research and group exploration to performance practice. Furthermore, it aims to give students confidence student in using specialist equipment and developing some of the basic technical skills necessary for complex performance. It will extend the skills of performance analysis and documentation introduced in Practical 1: Making Meaning.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module it is expected that students will be able to:
• work effectively and independently in small groups in order to plan and develop practical exercises in theatre and performance;
• work effectively and independently in small groups in order to accomplish short exercises in realising texts and devised material practically, taking account of critical analysis, group discussion and research;
• demonstrate a basic understanding of the functioning of theatrical space and design (costume and set) to the development of practical performance;
• demonstrate an understanding of the functioning of basic technical equipment in accordance with the safety policy of the department
o plan, install and operate a simple lighting rig;
o plan, create and operate a simple sound project;
o plan, create and operate a simple projection project;
• document, analyse and critically evaluate processes and realisation of group practical work, drawing on appropriate critical and theoretical frames of reference;
• articulate their understanding of 'critical practice' (practice as a means of exploring critical issues and articulating critical understanding) as it applies to theatre;
• demonstrate through practical exploration and critical documentation a critical awareness of the processes involved in creative decision making in theatre and performance, taking account of the interaction of various areas of decision making in the construction of meaning;
• demonstrate through practical exercises and documentation that they have drawn on their studies in the co-requisite courses to inform the planning, realisation and documentation of practical exercises.

Additional outcomes:
The module plays a significant role in the development of skills and competencies which are central to the course: oral communication, argument and collaboration required for effective group work; management and communication skills required to satisfactorily carry out responsibilities in small exercises; appropriate deployment of research using printed and electronic resources; critical analysis and coherent argument, both individually and collectively; identifying and addressing problems in the analysis, evaluation and development of theatre and performance.

Outline content:
The module consists of structured group exercises designed to build upon Practical 1: Making Meaning in developing group experimentation and exploration in theatre and performance practice. It explores the practical decision making processes in developing creative performance, including the application of textual analysis, technical skills, research and studio exploration and rehearsal, through a series of small group projects and workshops designed to address particular concepts, practices and theatrical forms. Beginning with naturalism, students examine the dominant conventions of early twentieth century theatre and the spatial, design and technical demands necessary for production. Textual and performance analysis and individual research provide the context for studio experimentation with physical performance practices and spatial and design decisions. A series of workshops give students a basic introduction to specialist theatre equipment. This work is developed into small group presentations which draw together the elements of the module in a creative and critical way. The practical work is followed by critical analysis (oral and written) requiring students to reflect on the effects of their decision making and to relate their own work to wider practices and critical concepts.

Global context:
This module develops students’ critical thinking in relation to, and their understanding of, devising and production techniques common to a range of national contexts and traditions.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Seminar discussion develops textual and performance analysis, critical reading individual research extends knowledge of contexts and models of practice, and studio experimentation and workshops explore physical performance practices, spatial and design issues and introduce students to specialist theatre equipment. This work is developed into small group presentations which draw together the elements of the module. The documentation of practical work enables students to reflect on the effects of their decision making and to relate their own work to wider practices and critical concepts.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Seminars 8
Practicals classes and workshops 28
Supervised time in studio/workshop 64
Guided independent study 100
Total hours by term 200.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Report 40
Practical skills assessment 60

Other information on summative assessment:

Formative assessment methods:
There will be presentations in class (group and individual) with oral feedback throughout the module.

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:
    A mark of 40% in both the practical work and the documentation (report).

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Practical work: A written project developing practical ideas address by the module
    Documentation (Report) – Resubmission of coursework.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
    1) Required text books:
    2) Specialist equipment or materials:
    3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:
    4) Printing and binding:
    5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
    6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

    Last updated: 31 March 2017

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