SM5019 - Theatre Production (2023/24)
|Module approved to run in 2023/24
|Credit rating for module
|School of Art, Architecture and Design
|Total study hours
|Running in 2023/24(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
This is a 30 credit module that runs over one semester. The ethos and approaches explored in Autumn Semester in Acting and Performance Skills 2 are applied to the creation of a staged production, led by the assigned Director. The group functions as a company, each member taking on specific roles and working towards a collaborative result. The production will be rehearsed over 12 weeks one day a week (whole day). The production models a professional process and the final performance is open to the public. Whilst the Director leads the process, you will be expected to engage in every part of the process of making the piece of theatre.
The module will facilitate the exploration of systematic approaches to rehearsal in the creation of a mid-scale production, professional relations and dynamics within the context of a company and develop methods of working collaboratively under artistic direction.
Prior learning requirements
Pre-requisites: SM4020, SM4010
Available for Study Abroad? NO
Depending on the text/ stimulus explored as well as on the directorial ethos used, each production will create its own weekly schedule.
During the rehearsal process, each of you will be assigned two roles.
Creative role: this includes performing as well as any creative contribution to the devising process. (LO1, LO2)
Production role: this may include options such as costume, props, set, production assistant, tech, marketing (roles are dependent upon the nature of the production itself). (LO2)
Directors will provide set texts, bibliographies and weekly course outlines as appropriate. Most sessions will include:
- a vocal and movement workshop (including student-led activities);
- rehearsals and production development, led by the Director as well as independently;
- a production meeting, chaired by the Director or the Production Manager.(LO3)
- Learning Outcomes LO1, LO2, LO3
Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity
Scheduled teaching ensures that independent study is effective and addresses the learning outcomes and assessment tasks. You are expected to (and to have the opportunity to) continue with your studies outside of scheduled classes. There will be a range of learning strategies deployed and individual learning styles will be accommodated. The module’s learning outcomes, its contents and delivery, have been scrutinised and will be regularly reviewed to ensure an inclusive approach to pedagogic practice.
The module and course utilise the University’s blended learning platform to support and reinforce learning, to foster peer-to-peer communication and to facilitate tutorial support for you. Reflective learning is promoted through assessment items and interim formative feedback points that ask you to reflect on your progress, seek help where you identify the opportunity for improvement in learning strategies and outcomes, and make recommendations to yourselves for future development. Throughout the module, you will build a body of work, including reflections on progress and achievement.
The course team seeks to embed the University’s Education for Social Justice Framework in fostering learning that is enjoyable, accessible, relevant and that takes account of the social and cultural context and capital of its students.
The School’s programme of employability events and embedded work-related learning within the curriculum supports your personal development planning. Through these initiatives, you are increasingly able, as you progress from year to year, to understand the professional environment of your disciplines, the various opportunities available to you, and how to shape your learning according to your ambitions.
The following learning and teaching strategies are employed in the course of this module:
• rehearsals (continuously assessed);
• multi-media lectures;
• student-led seminars;
• online activities through blended learning approaches;
• practical creative tasks (occasional practical workshops, creative writing, design, photography and videography);
• one formal essay (assessed);
• live performance presentations (assessed).
On completion of this module you will be able to:
1. apply techniques and skills related to working on a production both on stage and backstage;
2. undertake research and development towards a practical performance project, whilst responding to artistic direction;
3. demonstrate advanced skills in realising and tailoring performance work, open to the public.
Assessment will take place according to the following items:
• Production Process is evaluated through continuous assessment, looking at the your engagement with the whole process, understanding of its ethos and response to artistic direction. Such process may involve set tasks, including seminar presentations, giving you the opportunity to articulate your response to the module. Reliability, attendance and punctuality are also considered as part of this.
• A 2,000 word essay, which explores one of the questions provided by the directors, in relation to the specific topic and/or the creative process utilised (where possible, making connections between the two). This task is assessed in terms of engagement with the topic and depth of discussion, research evidence and academic form.
• Production Outcome is the practical result of the creative process, focusing both on the performance dates and broadly on the production week (including tech and dress rehearsals). Looking at both your creative and production roles, the assessment focuses on the delivery of the work to the public and under the pressure of deadlines.