|| DR35630 |
|| SCHOOLS' SHAKESPEARE PROJECT |
|| 2007/2008 |
|| Mr Richard A D Cheshire |
|| Semester 2 |
|| Mr David W Kendell, Mr Simon J Banham, Mrs Joan G Mills |
|| DR31720 , SG30720 Any ONE of these 4 modules, DR33620 , DR33320 |
| Course delivery
|| Practical || 6 Week intensive rehearsals (normally 35 hours per week), minimum of 5 performances (including post-production discussion) |
|Assessment Type||Assessment Length/Details||Proportion|
|Semester Assessment|| The rehearsal process: development and progress throughout the period of preparation and rehearsal||20%|
|Semester Assessment|| The active manifestation and development of rehearsal work in public performance||40%|
|Semester Assessment|| Contribution to planning, devising and execution of the workshops||20%|
|Semester Assessment|| Oral examination||20%|
Typically, upon completion of this module students should be able to:
Demonstrate an intelligent awareness of the challenges which Shakespearean text offers in the context of performance, directed towards primary or secondary school students
Effectively participate in the creation of the public performance of the text, using appropriate skills
Grasp the concepts behind, and organisational procedures appropriaet for the creation and presentation of educational workshops on the text
Reflect critically on their contribution to both the production and workshops
Students will work on the Schools' Shakespeare Project as part of the performance and/or production team. An experienced staff director will direct the production which will be presented to the public. As well as considering the challenges inherent in interpreting the text chosen for contemporary theatre audiences, students will engage in a series of practical sessions, designed to enable them to create workshops for schoolchildren visiting the performance. Where appropriate, students will work alongside professional performers cast in specific roles in the project.
Entry for this module is by formal interview and audition with at least two members of Departmental staff.
Students will be allocated as either actors, scenographers, stage managers or assistants to the staff director and work intensively for six weeks on producing a production of one of Shakespeare's plays. There will be a minimum of five performances of the play.
Students will also undertake a series of practical workshops which are specifically designed to introduce them to strategies and approaches to devising, creating and executing workshops for the school children visiting the performances. Students may also be expected to participate in a post-production discussion with the audience.
At the end of the semester, students will participate in an oral examination during which they will analyse and appraise their experience of the module.
|| These skills are developed as the students respond to the different challenges that emerge during the process of transferring page to stage |
|| These skills are developed through preparation for rehearsals and the workshops, although these skills are not directly assessed. |
|| The development of communication skills is intrinsic to all aspects of performance. The ability to interact effectively with schoolchildren forms an important part of the workshop element for this module. |
|Improving own Learning and Performance
|| Progress throughout the rehearsal process and the ability to reflect critically on individual achievement attained. |
|| The development of team working skills is intrinsic to all group performance situations. Team leadership skills also form an important part in the assessment of the workshops. |
|| Students may choose to make use of on-line materials to locate data and documentation relevant to their research, but this skill will not be separately assessed. |
|Personal Development and Career planning
|| Personal development and career planning will not be explicitly developed through this module, however, many of the generic skills developed through the practical work of this module will have significant transferability to a wide range of contexts |
|Subject Specific Skills
|| The module will enhance and develop the students' understanding of the potential of theatre as a means of communicating with a particular audience, in this case, schoolchildren |
Aers, L and Wheeale, N (1991) Shakespeare in the Changing Curriculum
Barton, John (1984) Playing Shakespeare
Berry, Cicely (1993) The Actor and the Text
Berry, Cicely (1993) Voice and the Actor
Boal, Agusto Games for Actors and Non-Actors
Hagen, Uta (1991) A Challenge for the Actor
Hall, Peter (2003) Shakespeare's Advice for the Players
Linklater, Christine (1992) Freeing Shakespear's Voice
Theatre Communications Group
Marowitz, Charles (1991) Recycling Shakespeare
Meyer - Dinkgrafe, Daniel (2001) Approaches to Acting, Past and Present
Students will be required to read the set text chosen and consult the relevant volume of both 'Shakespeare in Performance' and 'Text in Performance'
This module is at CQFW Level 6