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MUSC8110 - Acting for Musical Theatre 6

Title:Acting for Musical Theatre 6
Long Title:Acting for Musical Theatre 6
Module Code:MUSC8110
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Advanced
Field of Study: Music & Performing Arts
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2018/19 ( September 2018 )
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: Deirdre Collins
Module Description: This module will help the learner to develop greater control and flexibility in the use of the voice and body, and how these skills are applied to texts, incorporating the psychophysical approach of Phillip Zarrilli and Eugenio Barba.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 exhibit an advanced level and wide range of physical and vocal skills in performance
LO2 apply suitable vocal and movement styles to a selection of texts from different periods and styles
LO3 perform a variety of actor training exercises drawing on the psychophysical approach of Phillip Zarrilli and Eugenio Barba
LO4 utilise techniques developed by theatre practitioners covered in the module
LO5 critically reflect on and document course work
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
Develop greater flexibility and control of the voice in a variety of different periods and styles
Develop greater flexibility and control in using the body in performance
Zarrilli & Barba
The work of Phillip Zarrilli and Eugenio Barba, introducing Actor training as a process of self-definition and of self-discipline; Theatre Anthropology; the psychophysical approach; Zarrilli's use of Asian martial arts in actor training
The Psychophysical Actor
Exercises which focus on increasing the connection between the actor's body and mind with a particular emphasis on impulse and energy
Critical Reflection
Critically reflect on 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, drawn from the learner's Reflective Journal, identifying key features of vocal and physical development through the module. 2,4,5 30.0 Week 12
Practical/Skills Evaluation Continuous assessment of student participation and development 1,2,3,4 30.0 Every Week
Performance Evaluation Showcase of work at semester end 1,2,3,4 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, Kristin 2006, Freeing The Natural Voice, Nick Hern London [ISBN: 1854599712]
  • Zarrilli, Phillip 2008, Psychophysical Acting, Routledge London [ISBN: 9780415334587]
  • Turner, Jane 2004, Eugenio Barba, Routledge London [ISBN: 0415273285]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Phillip Zarrilli, Dr. Jerri Daboo, Dr Rebecca Loukes 2014, Acting: Psychophysical Phenomenon and Process (Theatre and Performance Practices), Palgrave Macmillan London
  • Eugenio Barba & Lluis Masgrau (ed) 2016, The Moon Rises from the Ganges: My journey through Asian acting techniques (Routledge Icarus), Routledge London [ISBN: 0415719291]
  • Feldendrais, M 2005, Body and Mature Behaviour, Routledge London [ISBN: 1004152107755]
  • Zarrilli, Phillip 2002, Acting ReConsidered, Routledge London [ISBN: 041526300X]
  • Barba, Eugenio 2005, A Dictionary of Theatre Anthropology, Routledge London [ISBN: 0415378613]
  • Barba, Eugenio 1994, The Paper Canoe, Routledge London [ISBN: 0415116740]
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 6 Mandatory

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