Department of Drama UG Module Directory (2020)

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Beyond Acting

Level 4 (30 credits)

Acting is perhaps the dominant mode of performance that many audiences routinely expect in the theatre, particularly in an Anglo-American context. However, acting is only one among various ways of performing. Beyond Acting explores what you can carry out on stage by thinking critically about what acting involves, or how it might be questioned, refused, or exceeded. You will study how performance makers since the 1960s have performed onstage (and elsewhere) without the conventions of pretence, impersonation, or character. You will explore new ways of performing plays, scores and other texts, including through physical theatre, live art, experimental theatre, and other forms.

Preparing for this Module and Approximate Costs

Learning Context Practice-based
Semester 2
  1. Essay 1 (1000 words), 20%
  2. Group Performance Project (10-12 minutes), 60%
  3. Essay 2 (1000 words), 20%
Mode of reassessment Standard
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