PA6008 - Applied Theatre Project

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What will I learn on this module?

The module seeks to imbue you with the practical applications necessary to maintain a sustained Applied Theatre project. This module supports your choice of a practical working methodology for drama/theatre activity in a community setting. The module is related to the work undertaken in Applied Theatre Analysis and represents a major piece of individual work on a topic of your choosing, subject to staff approval.
In this final ‘capstone project’ students engage in a number of self-generated applied theatre projects. The goal is to be critically reflective about the ethical challenges and nuances implicit in many of these culturally diverse contexts. Building on curiosity and self-reflection of previous years, the questions focus on the individual: who are you as an artist? Why do you want to do this work? What are the benefits -and potential risks - to the people with whom you work? When is it appropriate to apply theatre in a given moment and when might it be judicious to ‘dis-apply’ it? The very notion of ‘applied theatre’, with its emphasis on tangible effects (educational outcomes, reduction of behaviours deemed challenging; improvements in health), has swiftly evoked a concern for affects (intangible feelings and impulses; beauty). Performance can be applied in the interests of social transformation with widely different intentions.

How will I learn on this module?

You will identify an area of interest within the applied theatre field and begin to build a strategy for realising your goal. These activities may include
• Networking to establish contacts
• Offering ‘taster’ workshops to engage interested participants
• Shadowing current practitioners and development staff
• Establishing a time frame for the project and negotiating a schedule
• Writing a project proposal with aims, objectives and outcomes

The applied theatre project recognises the importance of independent inquiry and self-management of time and resources. Having negotiated an appropriate area of interest within the applied theatre field the student will consolidate this work in the realisation of a substantial piece of practice, either performance or facilitation or a mixture of both. These activities may include
• Leading a group to an end performance
• Facilitating particular set of learning outcomes for a group
• Managing and reflecting on audience feedback

How will I be supported academically on this module?

You will be encouraged to work in communities where there are generally low levels of access to the arts. Your choice should therefore be negotiated with the project tutor and with the community in the light of the following criteria:
• Are likely to be challenged (creatively, interactively and intellectually) by the work?
• Have you ensured that partners will be actively involved in the various stages of the process
• Will you promote new involvement and participation in creative activity by persons within that context
You will be supported by tutors in the negotiation with the client group and further supported by the client. Projects should be undertaken in pairs or a maximum of three people. Individually, the student is supported throughout your Project work by regular tutorials with a Project Tutor.
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:
Upon successful completion of the module you will have gained:
1. The ability to conceive and plan a viable project proposal addressing a particular client or interest group
2. The capacity to foster professional working relationships with institutions and communities of interest


Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
Upon successful completion of the module you will have gained:

3. The capacities for advanced skill in the facilitation of practical work in a social context.
4. The ability to think independently and articulate your ideas and opinions in a professional context

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
Upon successful completion of the module you will:
5. Become critically reflective about the ethical challenges and nuances implicit in cultural diversity

How will I be assessed?

Formative
The iterative nature of the workshop process means that there will be continuing formative feedback in taught sessions. Also at the mid-point tutorial.
Summative
There is one major summative assessment point: an assessed workshop or performance which the student leads their client group whilst the tutor/s observes. (100%)
There are two circumstances where further evidence may be required by means of an individual viva
• In the event of a cancelation of a designated assessed session.
• In the event of the work not being able to be videoed (owing to the sensitive nature of the group/circumstances.

In addition, the student must submit a Practice Diary (Log book). This document is an ongoing narrative of the project including session plans, meeting notes and subjective reflection. It is also provides a method of formative assessment in the run up to the final event, as the tutor can ask to access it at key points in the life of the project. (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

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

Pre-requisite(s)

PA4002, PA5009

Co-requisite(s)

PA6009

Module abstract

The module seeks to equip the final year student with the practical applications necessary to sustain an Applied Theatre project. This module supports the student’s choice of approach to their practice in independently creating theatre activity within a community setting. The module is related to the work undertaken in Applied Theatre Analysis and represents a major piece of individual practice within an area of the student's choosing.
In this final ‘capstone’ students engage in self-generated applied theatre projects. The goal is for you to become critically reflective about the ethical challenges and nuances implicit in many of these culturally diverse contexts. Building on curiosity and self-reflection, the questions focus on the individual: who are you as an artist? Why do you want to do this work? What are the benefits - and potential risks - to the people you work with? When is it appropriate to apply theatre in a given moment and when might it be judicious to ‘dis-apply’ it?

Course info

UCAS Code W400

Credits 20

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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