PA6002 - Production Showcase

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What will I learn on this module?

The Production Showcase module allows you to consolidate the performance skills already developed during your three year programme. The module will culminate with the realisation of a professional production of (or based upon) a selected text. There will be an emphasis on the role of the actor performer within an ensemble performance and you will be encouraged to experiment with a range of skills appropriate to the chosen text, assisting you in defining your own identity as an actor/performer. You will learn about the role of the ensemble actor through the experience of a full scale production and expand your range of performance skills relevant to your role/s in the project. There will be an opportunity to further consolidate your self-management and group work skills and your ability to analyse performance texts and deconstruct the meanings inherent therein.
You will learn how to prepare for a professional production and be fully immersed in industry standard rehearsal practices and structures. The module also offers you the opportunity to learn how to collaborate with artists with significant professional and industry experience; e.g. writer, director, designer etc. Through the project you will be exposed to the rigors of current professional practice offering an insight into key industry processes within a working theatre.

How will I learn on this module?

The module seeks to mirror professional practice in the field of performance.
Before rehearsals begin, you will undertake a piece of independent study/research which will explore the background and context of the chosen performance text, the text itself, character analysis and the other preparations appropriate to the text. You will be supported through this process by tutorials and relevant workshops. In rehearsals you will explore the text as you begin a process of moving from ‘page to stage’. Working through a range of workshops and scene studies with your director and other professionally experienced staff you will gradually hone and shape your character/role. The director will also introduce you to general rehearsal processes and their own evolved methodologies and approaches to the creation of theatre/performance work. You will work closely with the stage management team where you learn about the actor/performers responsibilities through rehearsals, technical rehearsal and the running of the show itself. The overall rehearsal period will be between three and four week’s full time (or equivalent).
The technical rehearsal phase will take place in the theatre where you will learn from the theatre staff about the proper running of these rehearsals and your role in them. Ultimately, through performing at the theatre, you will learn about the range of relevant processes and protocols.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

After an audition process you will be assigned a director who will work with you until the end of the production period in May/June. The director may be an industry professional from outside the University, but you will have ongoing access to the support and guidance of the module tutor who will be a permanent member of the Performing Arts staff team. You will rehearse with the director in large and small group sessions and on a one to one basis and you will have access outside of scheduled rehearsal time for tutorials if required. You will receive ongoing formative feedback through the rehearsal process from the director and the other professionals involved on the project. You will present your research paper to the group and receive feedback at the start of the rehearsal process offering the opportunity to apply this individual research task to your work on the play/performance text. This session provides a safe space for presenting and hearing fellow students’ work and establishes a model for ensemble support which should enhance your success through rehearsal and performance.

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:
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team –

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
1. Synthesise a variety of methods of critical analysis to the deconstruction of the meanings inherent in the explored text.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
2. Perform effectively in a fully realised proto professional production demonstrating artistic and technical proficiency in the realisation of the chosen text

3. Further consolidate the skills of the ensemble performer with specific and shared responsibilities, understanding the importance of self management and group work skills in a manner appropriate to a professional context.

4. Combine creative, intellectual and technological skills at a level appropriate to the needs of a full scale proto professional production.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
5. Show some awareness of the ethical responsibilities of making work for public presentation

How will I be assessed?

A reflective logbook including documentation, analysis and evaluation of the experience must be kept. Using the log book as a source, the student will be able to synthesise their knowledge in these two essays.

Formative assessment will take the form of in-class exercises and rehearsals with feedback given by peers, director and other professionals involved.
Directorial notes will be given after performances, thus supporting each student in the consolidation of their performance challenge.

Essay (1500 words) This will be a research paper exploring the background and contexts of the selected play/performance text.
Essay (1500 words) This will be an evaluation of the rehearsal process with evidence of full engagement with the rehearsal process and your individual role within this. (it is 10% per essay) (20%) (1, 4, 5)

Rehearsal and Performance
Where the practice of the stage performer in rehearsal and performance will be assessed. (80%) ( 2, 3, 4, 5)


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Module abstract

This module offers you the opportunity to further extend and consolidate many of the performance skills that you have developed during your three year programme. The experience culminates with a professional production of a chosen text in a professional theatre. There is an emphasis on the role of the actor within an ensemble performance and you will be encouraged to experiment with a range of relevant skills, assisting you in defining your own identity as an actor/performer.
Alongside your key relationship with your director, the module also offers you the opportunity to collaborate with artists with significant professional and industry experience; e.g. writer, designer, Stage manager etc. Through the project you will be exposed to the rigours of current professional practice providing an invaluable spring board into the cultural industries.

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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