FT1P3T-Practical 3: Theatre Project

Module Provider: Film, Theatre and TV
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Level:4
Terms in which taught: Summer term module
Pre-requisites:
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Co-requisites: FT1P1M Practical 1: Making Meaning and FT1P2T Practical 2: Theatre
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Dr Teresa Murjas

Email: t.s.murjas@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
This module builds on Practical 2: Theatre to give students an enhanced experience of the production of performance in theatre. Bringing together the skills and processes developed in Practical 2: Theatre, students work together in small and large group contexts to present fully realised performance. The performance work relates directly to the critical modules explored in Part 1 as well as exploiting the practical and technical skills developed on the course. The performance work is reflected upon critically in the documentation of the process.

Aims:
This module is the culmination of practical work in theatre in Part 1. It aims to brings together the skills and concepts of developing practical theatre and performance that have been developed in Part 1, in order to give students the experience of constructing, under close staff supervision, a workshop performance project to be presented to an audience. It aims to enable the students to draw on the critical concepts around the construction of meaning, individual and group textual analysis and contextual research, design and technical skills and an understanding of physical performance to develop a creative and dynamic piece of live performance to which each member of the group contributes. Furthermore it aims to give them some insight into professional practice. The performance is reflected upon in written documentation.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module it is expected that students will be able to:
• work effectively in small and larger groups in order to plan and produce a systematic workshop performance;
• demonstrate an understanding of 'critical practice', as initiated in Practical 1: Making Meaning and Practical 2: Theatre in the realisation of a coherent theatre workshop performance;
• demonstrate the ability to take performance decisions, as part of a group and in relationship to the analysis of the performance text(s), the conceptual and historical contexts of source text and critical reading.
• demonstrate the ability to develop systems of performance relevant to the form of the text and performance envisaged;
• demonstrate the ability to take decisions in relation to the deployment of space and the design of setting in relation to the constraints of the performance and its venue.
• design the technical areas of theatre production and operate the required specialist equipment within the constraints of a specific performance, and in accordance with the safety policy of the department;
• document, analyse and critically evaluate the processes of production and the level of success of the final presentation(s), drawing on appropriate critical and theoretical frames of reference.

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 and large group presentations; 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.

Outline content:
The module consists of the development of workshop performance based on a non-naturalist text and developing from the exercises and small group work undertaken in Practical 2: Theatre. Under close staff supervision, students collaborate in the construction of a group performance project, each person taking on major technical and/or performance roles in the final presentation. The shape of the project varies from year to year depending of numbers taking the module and the form of the text which forms the basis of the work. Through workshop exploration, research, textual analysis and small group experimentation, the questions raised by the performance are identified and addressed. The central performance questions are debated and explored practically until a set of performance conventions emerge which govern the decisions taken across the production. A formal technical rehearsal, involving all members of the module group, will induct students in the professional procedures of preparing for final performances. The performance will be presented in front of an audience.

A group oral and discussion helps to prepare students for the reflection on their work within fully developed documentation of the performance. This takes particular account of the specialist area within which any single student has worked. The module extends students' experience of critical practice in theatre and acts as the basis for choices taken at Part Two.

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:
The module deploys a range of teaching and learning methods including seminar discussion on conceptual and historical contexts and textual analysis. Small group presentations address areas of contextual research and performance history. Whole group workshops on performance style and use of space enable early decision making on the governing concepts of the performance and small group experimentation address the detail of performance. Technical workshops support the development of the design, lighting, costume, sound and projection areas of the performance. Performance rehearsals and technical rehearsals prepare students for the development of their own projects in Part 2 and give them insight into professional practice.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Practicals classes and workshops 72
Supervised time in studio/workshop 50
Guided independent study 78
       
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 and rehearsals in class (small and large group) 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:
    N/A

    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: 21 December 2016

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