Full Title Devised Theatre

Short Title Devised Theatre

Code PERF06049
Level 06
Credit 05

Author Colleary, Niall
Department Computing & Creative Practices

Subject Area Performing Arts
Attendence N/A%
Fee

Description
A practical module that explores a range of processes and approaches to devising theatre for the stage and other contexts. Students will develop the skills to initiate, explore, develop and notate a devised show.

They will move from initial ideas to final product through a series of exploratory workshops.

Indicative Syllabus
A series of workshops designed to guide the student group through the stages of ensemble development leading to an activated group capable of imaginitive responses to a variety of stimuli.

The work takes place in three distinct phases: Warm-ups--Bridge Activities---Activating Materials.
  • Strong emphasis is placed on the aquisition of verbal and physical improvisational skill.
  • The student(s) are encouraged to identify, anticipate and solve unfamiliar problems.
  • The students are equipped with the skills to allow them to develop, notate and perform a devised piece of theatre from a set of initial stimuli (visual /aural or textual).
  • Development of dramatic material from context appropriate games.
  • Translate intellectual comprehension of situation/character into physical realisation.



Learning Outcomes
On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to
  1. Understand the dramaturgical variables necessary for structuring a devised project.

  2. Develop a new range of critical and communicative competencies

  3. Know how to develop an ensemble capable of dynamically creating safe and active spaces for dialogue.

  4. Know how to produce an imaginative and fully defined characterisation and performance.

  5. Be able to deploy available resource to maximum effect in the production of a piece of devised theatre.


Assessment Strategies
Devising project 60%

Classroom contribution 20%

Reflective journal 20%

Assessment Facilitites
Access to B.Box performance space.

Access to audio visual equipment.

Access to breakaway rehearsal space.

Module Dependencies
Pre Requisite Modules
None
Co Requisite Modules
None
Incompatible Modules
None

Coursework Assessment Breakdown %
Course Work / Continuous Assessment 100 %

Coursework Assessment Breakdown

Description Outcome Assessed % of Total Assessment Week
Performance Evaluation 2,3,4 20 OnGoing
Written Report (Journal of reflective practice) 1,2 20 OnGoing
Group Project 1,2,3,4,5 60 End of Term


End Exam Assessment Breakdown

Description Outcome Assessed % of Total Assessment Week


Distance Learning Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Weekly Workload

Total Average Weekly Learner Workload 0.00 Hours

Part Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Weekly Workload

Total Average Weekly Learner Workload 0.00 Hours

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Weekly Workload
Workshop Black Box Exploratory Workshop 3 Weekly 3.00

Total Average Weekly Learner Workload 3.00 Hours

Online Learning Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Weekly Workload

Total Average Weekly Learner Workload 0.00 Hours

Resources
Book Resources
Johnstone, K. Impro:Improvisation and the Theatre. London: Routledge. 1987.

Oddey, A. Devising Theatre, a practical and theoretical handbook. London: Routledge. 1994.

Graham, S. & Hoggett, S. The Frantic Assembly book of devising theatre.London: Routledge. 2009.

Rohd, M. Theatre for Community Conflict and Dialogue (The hope is vital training manual). Heinemann Drama 1998

Johnstone, K. Impro for Storytellers. London: Faber&Faber. 1999.

Boal,A. Theatre of the Oppressed. Theatre community group 1993.

Boal, A. The Rainbow of desire. London:Routledge 1995.

Boal, A. Games for actors and non-actors. London:Routledge 1995.

Spolin, V. Improvisation for the Theatre. 3rd ed. Northwestern University Press.

Poulter, C. Playing the game. Macmillan 1987.








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