PA6004 - Platforms: Acting and Performance

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What will I learn on this module?

In Platform Performance, you will develop the core practical skills that are required for successfully staging a performance; and key academic skills required for writing critically about the practical work you are engaged in.

In a small group you will go through a process of selecting, rehearsing and performing either: a play, an extract, an adaptation, or a devised work. You will be supported by your tutors in the selection of the performance material that you work with, and you will be encouraged to identify material which is both appropriate to the skills you have acquired on the course, and deemed to best showcase your abilities as a performer.

You will learn how to work collaboratively and practically within a small ensemble to test out ideas, and to develop systems for rehearsal that will lead you towards the staging of a fully realised and technically supported performance. In addition, you will learn how to engage in relevant research around your chosen material and the context from which it arose. You will also learn how to develop and apply critical thinking to the practical work that you are doing.

You will be encouraged to view the work you create as a platform for your own performance skills and abilities, and as a result you will be signposted to the suitable professional context/s for the work that you create. You will learn how to work within carefully constructed constraints so that the experience is akin to that of working within a relevant professional context.

How will I learn on this module?

On this module you will engage in an intensive student-led rehearsal process supported by workshops, seminars, and tutorials. You will begin by participating in practical skills refresher workshops and introductory sessions to assist you in the selection of appropriate material for performance, and to introduce you to the technical support available.

In addition, an introductory lecture, followed by a series of small group seminars throughout the module, will offer you the necessary skills for thinking, researching and writing critically about your practical work.

Each group will be assigned a tutor to support you through all aspects of the module; both with your practical and written work. Within the first few weeks of the module you will deliver a formatively assessed group presentation and submit an individually authored Platform Project Proposal. You will receive formative feedback from your designated tutor to support you to move into an independent, student led rehearsal process.

Your rehearsal process will be punctuated by three practical show back sessions whereby you will show your work in development to your tutor and peers. At each show back, you will be expected to demonstrate significant progress and your tutor will offer guidance and formative feedback. Following the final show back, you move into a technical rehearsal process supported by technical and academic staff.

This process culminates in the practical assessment whereby you perform two performances of your finished work. You will subsequently complete a Platform Critique essay; a document in which you will analyse and critique your practical work.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Immediately after each show back point, you will be offered formative feedback from your tutor based on the work you have shown. Your tutor will also be available for subsequent follow up tutorials to provide more detailed feedback and to ensure you are on track with all aspects of your practical project in the lead up to your assessed performance.

In addition to these sessions, you will take part in a series of small group seminars to support you through the various stages of research and planning required for writing your Platform Critique essay. Your tutor will also be available for additional tutorials to discuss all aspects of your project.

You will be supported technically to realise your project through regular drop in sessions and meetings with the technicians designated to support the module.

You are welcome to make use of Office Hours, email and telephone communication at other times to seek out further support and guidance. Information and resources will be available to you on Blackboard and the ‘Reading List’ contains links to resources which can help you develop appropriate knowledge and understanding.

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 broad and deep understanding of a range of concepts relevant to the analysis of performance.

2) Be able to demonstrate an understanding of the differences between key theatrical strategies in terms of aesthetics and politics.
Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
3) Demonstrate a developing ability to synthesise ideas and concepts in order to analyse and critique theatre practice.
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4) Demonstrate a sophisticated ability to construct reasoned arguments about theatre both in oral and written form.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
5) Demonstrate a readiness to engage in the ethics and politics of cultural representation

How will I be assessed?

Formative Assessment:

Formative assessment is an integral feature of this module. Following each of the 3 show back sessions, you will receive verbal formative feedback from your tutor in the form of a dialogue. Other students will be encouraged to participate and offer peer support feedback, creating a productive and supportive learning environment. (1, 2, 4)


In Week 4 of the module you will submit a Platform Project Proposal, and you will receive verbal formative feedback on this work in a tutorial to help you clarify and focus the direction of the project. (1)

Additional formative feedback will be offered throughout the module through individual and group tutorials to support both your developing practical work for your Platform Performance, and to develop your critical writing skills towards the completion of your Platform Critique essay. (1, 2, 3)

Summative Assessment:

There are two summative Assessment points on the module:
1) Practice: You will be individually assessed on your final performance and this makes up 70% of the assessment. (1, 2, 4, 5)

2) Writing: You will be assessed on a 3000 word Platform Critique essay, which is a critical reflection on your practice. This essay makes up 30% of the overall module mark (2, 3)

Feedback for the summative assessments will be written on standard feedback sheets and will be made available within 20 working days of the submission deadline.

Pre-requisite(s)

N/A

Co-requisite(s)

N/A

Module abstract

In Platform Performance, you will develop the core practical skills that are required for successfully staging a performance. You will work collaboratively as part of a small ensemble of performers to select your own material for performance (which can either be a play, an extract, an adaptation, or a devised work) before undergoing an extensive, in depth rehearsal process. This will culminate in the staging of a fully realised and technically supported performance in our NPA Basement Studio Theatre. You will be encouraged to identify material that best showcases your abilities as a performer, and you will be encouraged to view this as your platform into the professional world. This is an independent study module with specific tutor input designed to guide you through the creative process towards the final assessment point. You will also develop key academic skills that are required for writing critically about the practical work you are engaged in; both process and performance.

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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