PA4001 - Acting: Movement, Voice and Text

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What will I learn on this module?

Acting: Movement, Voice and Text offers a comprehensive introduction to performing as part of a group/company/ensemble. This way of working will support you in your awareness of others and your working relationship to them in a Drama context. You will learn to focus and develop your own Drama process both as an individual Drama Practitioner & within the whole Year Group by working directly with your peers.

You will be introduced to exercises and Drama practice to support you over the three years of your degree course. These will include understanding your voice incorporating the clarity of your diction, your breath control & supporting your voice projection. These will underpin your ability to understand and be introduced to ideas about the nature of drama, structure, character, dialogue & storytelling. You will rehearse scenes & use the voice, movement and physical methods of training to help contextualise your learning from the module as a whole. You will be working with methods and practices associated with Bertolt Brecht and Konstantin Stanislavski and others and you will also set up your own professional blog which will act as a repository for your professional learning documenting and archiving your practice from week to week. This will encourage you from level 4 to consider the context of the rest of your studies and how best to apply the skills you have learned in the course ahead.

How will I learn on this module?

Your learning will be primarily though practical exploration. Learning will be studio based consisting of investigation of acting techniques, exercises and approaches, excavating text and substantial rehearsal. Working with your Tutor you will form small groups to rehearse a chosen scene from the set text offered to you which will form part of your formal assessment. There will be much creative investigation and there will be time for sharing and reflection on your work as it progresses.

Workshops may also include watching and discussing video examples of professional work. Showing of assessment work-in-progress will offer you additional opportunity to engage in discussion of you own work and that of your peers further extending your skills of observation and ability to articulate your ideas in relation to aesthetic choices.

Learning outside of taught sessions will be through guided independent study where you research performance ideas, and generate and hone performance material. You will engage in reflective practice keeping an online blog. You will be expected to engage with the module reading list and online resources as well as attending live performance to extend your knowledge and appreciation of the art form.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

The performance and professional Blog on this module are outputs of your continued skill set learning in voice, movement and physical methodology. There will be extra space in class for discussion and debate with your tutor allowing you the opportunity to develop your own critical opinions and analytical enquiry. This will consolidate your learning as well as encouraging you to directly question the tutor. The programme of ensemble learning will enable you to share your work and means you will receive a steady stream of formative feedback from your tutors and your peers.

You will receive midpoint opportunities to show back your work and active constructive supportive feedback to underpin and move your learning forwards. This will allow you to check your progress and monitor your learning constantly with your tutors.

Your Professional Blog will be submitted through blackboard and you will be marked on the electronic submission of your Professional Blog. This process offers your prompt and effective feedback.

Information and resources will be available to you on Blackboard and the ‘Reading List’ contains links to websites and online video material which can help you develop appropriate knowledge and understanding.

Written assessment feedback will be provided within 20 working days of summative assignment submission. Access to library facilities is available 24-7 all year round.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
1. Be able to demonstrate a growing understanding of twentieth century key Drama practitioners and how these have further influenced contemporary practitioners up to the present day.
2. Demonstrate knowledge of a variety of different approaches to performance, text excavation and physical embodiment of character in performance
3. Be able to show an awareness of the differences inherent in performance practice depending on the one’s being studied for example: Brecht or Stanislavski and the similarities and crossovers between practitioners.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
4. Demonstrate a developing ability of some key performance and analytical skills

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
5. Show some awareness of the ethical responsibilities of working within the ensemble and developing skill sets.

How will I be assessed?

Formative
Acquiring skillsets in voice, movement and physical methodologies to support the selection of your final scene casting will be decided in negotiation with your tutor. The main decisions as regards interpreting the text will be yours to make as a group, but the tutor will offer advice and support during this rehearsal period. Midway through this rehearsal period you can expect to be asked to show work in progress back to the group as a whole for critical analysis and constructive comment. This will both help you as a group to develop your final performance piece, while the class group will benefit from seeing a range of different approaches to the texts you have chosen from the specified play for your final assessment.

Professional Blog writing and personal development plan. This will be the beginning of your repository of professional documents and resources which you will compile over the course of your studies.

You will receive feedback on these tasks and your general progress in a mid-point review.

Summative
Performance of Final Scene (60%)
This will be a laboratory style assessment which will give you a supported place to demonstrate your developing skillsets and receive some detailed written feedback. This will help inform your approach to further consolidating and developing your practice as a writer, facilitator and performer.
(1, 2, 3, 4)

Professional Blog (40%)
You will have been receiving formative feedback on the blog. At the end of the semester the whole blog and its development will be reviewed in this summative assessment.
(1, 2, 3, 5)

Summative Feedback
Feedback on these tasks will be typed on standard feedback sheets and will be received within 20 working days of submission deadline.

Pre-requisite(s)

N/A

Co-requisite(s)

N/A

Module abstract

This module is a comprehensive introduction to engaging with the key skills of voice, movement, text and character culminating in an assessed performance of your work. Your theatre practitioner career begins here; you will explore your own process and observe your peers and from the outset you will be documenting your work by setting up your own professional website through your blog. The module is also supported by formative ongoing tutor instigated and peer supported feedback so you have prompt and effective support for your developing work. You will be reading and seeing work as well as developing rehearsal techniques that will serve you throughout the three years and beyond your time at Northumbria.

Course info

UCAS Code W400

Credits 40

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Arts

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020

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