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MUSC8106 - Acting for Musical Theatre 5

Title:Acting for Musical Theatre 5
Long Title:Acting for Musical Theatre 5
Module Code:MUSC8106
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Advanced
Field of Study: Music & Performing Arts
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2017/18 ( September 2017 )
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: Deirdre Collins
Module Description: This module will expand the range, clarity and strength of the actor's voice and movement skills, and develop the learners exploration of characterisation and performance approaches, introducing the work of Peter Brook.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 demonstrate an advanced level of physical, vocal and performance skills
LO2 take responsibility for the development and assessment of their own acting skills
LO3 display an imaginative and insightful approach to the use of various rehearsal techniques in performance
LO4 demonstrate an informed and creative ability to apply performance theories to practice
LO5 critically reflect on both their own performance and those of others
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named MTU module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).

Incompatible Modules
These are modules which have learning outcomes that are too similar to the learning outcomes of this module. You may not earn additional credit for the same learning and therefore you may not enrol in this module if you have successfully completed any modules in the incompatible list.
No incompatible modules listed
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed. You may not enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section.

No requirements listed

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Expand the range, clarity, strength and flexibility of the actor's voice
Exercises to enable the student to achieve artistic expression, unharnessed by habitual thinking or physical blocks e.g. the work of Vanessa Ewan & Debbie Green, and Dympna Callery
Dramatic Literature
A variety of performance literature from different periods and styles e.g. Shakespeare;Oscar Wilde; Dennis Kelly and Enda Walsh
Peter Brook - Performance Practice
Exploration of a variety of performance practices including those of Peter Brook drawing on past publications such as 'The Empty Space' and the more recent 'Tip of theTongue - Reflections on Language and Meaning'
Critical Reflection
Critically reflect on coursework including working practices and modes of rehearsal
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Essay A reflective essay, identifying key features of vocal and physical development through the module. 2,5 30.0 Week 13
Practical/Skills Evaluation Continuous assessment of student participation and development 1,2,3,4,5 30.0 Every Week
Performance Evaluation Showcase of work at semester end 1,3,4 40.0 Sem End
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
Coursework Only
This module is reassessed solely on the basis of re-submitted coursework. There is no repeat written examination.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecturer-Supervised Learning (Contact) twice-weekly atelier class 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Independent Learning Individual research, reading and practice 4.0 Every Week 4.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Linklater, Kirstin 2006, Freeing The Natural Voice, 2nd Ed., Nick Hern London [ISBN: 1854599712]
  • Peter Brook 2017, Tip of the Tongue: Reflections on Language and Meaning, Nick Hern Books London [ISBN: 1848426720]
  • Ewan, Vanessa & Green, Debbie 2014, Actor Movement: Expression of the Physical Being, Bloomsbury Methuen Drama London [ISBN: 978140813441]
  • Brook 1990, The Empty Space, Penguin London [ISBN: 0140135839]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Brook, Peter 2005, There Are No Secrets: Thoughts on Acting and Theatre, New Edition Ed., Methuen London [ISBN: 0410135839]
  • Dympna Callery 2001, Through the Body, Nick Hern Books London [ISBN: 1854596306]
  • Hodge, Alison 2010, Actor Training, 2nd Edition Ed., Routledge London [ISBN: 9780415471688]
  • Schechner, R 2013, Performance Studies: An Introduction, 3rd Edition Ed., Routledge London [ISBN: 9780415502313]
  • Williams, D 1988, Peter Brook: A Theatrical Casebook, Methuen London [ISBN: 0413157008]
  • Brook, Peter 1989, The Shifting Point, Methuen London [ISBN: 0413612805]
  • Oida, Y 2002, An Actor Adrift, Methuen London [ISBN: 0413658406]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_GMUTH_8 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Musical Theatre 5 Mandatory

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