Theatre Practice II: Interpretative Acting (DRA2007)

StaffMr Martin Harvey - Convenor
Credit Value30
ECTS Value15
NQF Level5
Pre-requisitesDRA1004 Acting and Not Acting
Duration of Module Term 2: 11 weeks;

Module aims

This module aims to offer students the opportunity to explore the possibilities of the interpretative actor’s role. In addition, the module will further extend students’ understanding of the theories and practices of performance and encourage an exploratory approach towards processes for preparing texts for performance.

Learning and teaching methods include workshops, rehearsals, seminars, practical presentations, and individual tutorials to reflect on progress.


ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Demonstrate an ability to translate theoretical approaches to acting into performance
  • 2. Demonstrate an ability to analyse theatre texts in preparation for performance
  • 3. Demonstrate an ability to work with others as a part of an acting ensemble

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 4. Relate to others in theatrical processes and performances; to work effectively with others in small task- orientated groups and to initiate and sustain creative, analytic and interpretative work within strict time limits and basic technical competence
  • 5. Contribute research to small groups in effective presentations, to evaluate visual evidence and analyse, critique and manipulate complex material
  • 6. Explore theoretical concerns through practice, and vice versa, and to synthesise findings in practical and written tasks. The ability to interpret research into physical practice and vice versa

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 7. Develop group cooperation skills, including the ability to give and receive constructive critical feedback and to improve communication skills and analytic abilities in discussions
  • 8. Develop confidence in performance skills and public presentation, both of dramatic practice and researched material
  • 9. Collaborate in various groups and group sizes, to learn elements of teamwork and presentation

Syllabus plan

The module will begin by introducing practical approaches to a range of performance texts before exploring various working methods. Research and practice will develop simultaneously, and participants will share their processes in relation to work on duologues and monologues, in the form of demonstrations, practical presentations and performances. They will then work on a large ensemble piece for performance at the end of the module. They will begin to critically reflect on the relationship between working practices and modes of performance, towards developing their own personal 'methodology' for approaching texts.

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities666 contact hours per week, to include workshops, lectures and seminars
Guided independent study234Private study

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Monologue5 minutes1-4, 6-9Verbal feedback

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Practical performance701 hour 15 minutes1-4, 6-9Verbal and written feedback
Reflective essay302,000 words2, 6written feedback

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Practical performancePiece of written work 4,000 words 1-4, 6-9Referral/deferral period
Reflective essayReflective essay2, 6Referral/deferral period

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Chekhov, Michael (1953) To The Actor

Krasner, David (2000) Method Acting Reconsidered: Theory, Practice, Future

Merlin, Bella (2001) Beyond Stanislavsky: the Psycho-Physical Approach to Actor Training

Mitter, Shomit (1992) Systems of Rehearsal

Sher, Anthony (1985) Year of the King

Stanislavski, Konstantin (trans Benedetti 2008) An Actor's Work

Zarrilli, Phillip (2002) Acting (Re)Considered

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Acting, Interpretative, Method, Performance, Theory, Practice