Interpretative Acting II (DRA3030)

StaffMr Martin Harvey - Convenor
Credit Value30
ECTS Value15
NQF Level6
Pre-requisitesDRA1004 Acting and Not Acting and DRA2067 Staging the Text
Duration of Module Term 1: 11 weeks;

Module aims

This module aims to offer students an opportunity to explore the possibilities and methodologies of the actor

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. An ability to work with a theoretical and research-based knowledge of acting and play-texts;
  • 2. An understanding of the place of criticism in interpretative practice
  • 3. An ability to work in rehearsals with different directors, in different styles

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 to solve a number of specific technical problems and apply that understanding to performance work.
  • 5. Demonstrate the advanced ability to utilise research tools and to translate theory into practice.
  • 6. Demonstrate the ability to engage critically and analytically with physical discipline; the development of thoughtful creative processes, understanding of physicalisation in performance and the capacity to articulate that understanding in appropriate ways.

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 advanced analytic abilities in discussions.
  • 8. Demonstrate the ability to collaborate in various groups and group sizes, to learn elements of teamwork and presentation, to negotiate and manage conflict when appropriate and to demonstrate leadership skills when appropriate
  • 9. Demonstrate the ability to balance between self-direction and collaborative work; to adapt and design working methods for each new situation, self-management, collaborative working skills, problem solving, critical analysis and valuing own and others ideas and beliefs.

Syllabus plan

The module begins with an exploration of a monologue and continues with work towards presentations with directors, firstly on a duologue and then on larger pieces to be presented in found space. Alongside these rehearsal there will be workshops exploring aspects of acting.

Learning and teaching methods: Seminars, research, rehearsal, practical presentations, written critical evaluation. Completion of the following assignments: Practical acting exercises: monologue, duologue, scene in a found space; portfolio, working with directors under supervision.

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 activities44Seminars (11x2hr)
Scheduled learning and teaching activities22Workshops (11x1hr)
Guided independent study234Preparation

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 assessment7015 mins & 40 mins1-5, 7-9verbal and written
Portfolio303,000 words1, 2, 6, 9written

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

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Practical assessmentPractical assessment OR written reflection1-5, 7-9Referral/deferral period
PortfolioPortfolio1, 2, 6, 9Referral/deferral period

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

J. Barton Playing Shakespeare (1984)

C. Berry The Actor and the Text (1993)

R. Benedetti The Actor At Work (1997)

K. Stanislavski An Actors Work (2008)

J. Willet The Theatre of Bertolt Brecht (1986)

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Origin date


Last revision date

March 2014

Key words search

acting, theatre, text