Module Information

Module Identifier
TP30140
Module Title
School Shakespeare Project
Academic Year
2023/2024
Co-ordinator
Semester
Semester 1
Pre-Requisite
Other Staff

Course Delivery

 

Assessment

Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment 1.5 Hours   Rehearsal Process and Performance  60%
Semester Assessment 1 Hours   Small group workshop  20%
Semester Assessment Reflective Analytical Documentation  2000 Words  20%
Supplementary Assessment Reflective Analytical Documentation  2000 Words  20%
Supplementary Assessment Essay  If a student is unable to complete their participation in the production for accepted medical or other valid reasons, then an essay (maximum 6,000 words) may be set instead. The scale and nature of this essay will be determined by the module coordinator according to the percentage of work missed.  60%
Supplementary Assessment Individual plan for small group workshop  2000 Words  20%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

Demonstrate an advanced understanding of key theoretical and practical issues involved in rehearsing and staging a performance event.

Demonstrate an intelligent understanding of the challenges which a Shakespearean text offers in the context of performance directed towards primary or secondary school students.

Identify, develop, apply and sustain the skills required for the execution of specific roles during successive workshops and live performances.

Demonstrate an understanding of the concepts behind and organizational procedures appropriate for the creation and presentation of educational workshops on the text and production.

Engage critically with the production and performance process through a developed and sensitive understanding and analysis of appropriate performance theories, vocabularies, working methods and relevant models of practice.

Brief description

Students will work on the realization of a Shakespearean text. They will be allocated as a member of the performance, production or scenographic team and will create a performance aimed at upper primary or secondary school children. Students will also devise and construct educational workshops based on the text and the production for the targeted audience. In addition, students will critically reflect on the text, and contemporary rehearsal and production processes. The production will be directed by a member of Departmental staff or other experienced theatre practitioner.

Content

This module focuses on the development, rehearsal and staging of a performance event and accompanying educational workshop for a public audience of upper primary or secondary schoolchildren. Working under the guidance of a member of departmental staff or an experienced theatre practitioner, students will engage in an original piece of theatre making using a selected Shakespearean text and an accompanying educational workshop. The production will be performed in the Aberystwyth Arts Centre. Students will be allocated roles appropriate to the production (for example, as assistant directors, actors/performers, stage managers, scenographers or any combination of the above) and the project will involve working for at least 16 hours per week during the semester. Guided by the project director, students will apply appropriate compositional and rehearsal strategies to developing their production while also reflect upon and evaluating critically their experience of working on the production. Students will be required to create, lead and participate in peer-led rehearsals and form their own strategies for investigating, experimenting and working on the text within the guidelines set. During the production project students will encounter specific performance challenges and performance research questions and will be required to compile reflective documentation in which they contextualise their experience through a developed and sensitive understanding and analysis of appropriate performance theories, and rehearsal and compositional methods. Throughout the project students will be expected to work responsibly, constructively, creatively and safely with fellow students, solving problems as they arise and undertaking the specific challenges inherent to the nature of their project.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Adaptability and resilience These skills will developed as students respond to the different challenges that emerge during the rehearsal and performance processes for the project
Co-ordinating with others The development of team working skills is intrinsic to all group performance situations. An integral part of this process will be to encourage student-centred learning. Depending on roles, team leadership skills may also form an important part of the learning experience for this module.
Creative Problem Solving These skills will be developed as students respond to the different challenges that emerge during the rehearsal and performance processes for the project.
Critical and analytical thinking These skills will be developed as students respond to the different challenges posed by the text and the rehearsal and performance process and as they compile their reflective analytical documentation.
Digital capability Digital capability will be developed through the use of electronic communication, some theatre-specific technology and through the use software for the compilation of the reflective analytical documentation.
Professional communication The development of professional communication skills is intrinsic to all aspects of performance. The ability to interact effectively with members of the group and other people encountered during the preparation process and workshops will be developed and assessed.
Real world sense Real world sense is intrinsic to all aspects of performance. Students will be asked to practically concepts, theories and methods in real situations (workshops and performances) with real people (schoolchildren and their teachers) and to reflect on their effectiveness in doing this.
Reflection Reflection is a key aspect of theatre-making. Students will be required to reflect on the efficacy of their actions during the rehearsal and performance process and through the reflective analytical documentation.
Subject Specific Skills The following subject specific skills will be developed and partly assessed: • reading the performance possibilities implied by a script, score and other textual or documentary sources • realising a script, score and other textual or documentary sources in public performance engaging in performance and production, based on an acquisition and understanding of appropriate performance and production vocabularies, skills, structures and working methods • contributing to the production of perf

Notes

This module is at CQFW Level 6