Module Identifier DR21510  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator Mrs Joan G Mills  
Semester Semester 1  
Pre-Requisite Successful completion of Part 1 Drama  
Course delivery Practical   10 x 3 hour sessions  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam Practical Examination For information on due dates for submission of assessed work, please refer to the departmental web pages at
Semester Assessment Workshop Development: Attendance, punctuality, commitment and development and progress in workshops.  30%
Semester Assessment Working notebook  20%

Learning outcomes

Typically, upon completion of this module, the student will be able:

- To understand the key principles involved in creating a stage character within the broad conventions of psychological realism.
- To employ such principles effectively in the creation of a short character etude.
- To demonstrate an awareness of the relationship between actor and director within the rehearsal room.
- To notate and document the theatrical procedures and training encountered in the module.


- An introduction into the principles of effective acting, based on the systematic approach to the actor's craft, advocated by Constantin Stanislavski.
- To test the value and relevance of these principles within the laboratory of a rehearsal environment under the guidance of the course tutor.
- To formulate an individual psycho-technique for rehearsal and performance
- To keep an analytic record of work undertaken in the form of a working notebook.

Reading Lists

** Essential Reading
Barton, John (1984) Playing Shakespeare London: Methuen
Chekhov, Michael (1991) On the technique of acting New York: Harper Collins
Harrap, John (1992) Acting London: Routledge
Stanislavsky, Constantine (1980) An Actor Prepares London: Methuen
Stanislavsky, Constantine (1983) Building a Character London: Methuen
Stanislavsky, Constantine (1983) Creating a Role London: Methuen
Stanislavsky, Constantine (1980) My Life in Art London: Methuen
The Department has a supplementary booklet recommending reading lists for all practical modules.


This module is at CQFW Level 5