|| DR22910 |
|| THE PRINCIPLES OF DIRECTING DRAMATIC TEXTS |
|| 2004/2005 |
|| Mr Richard A D Cheshire |
|| Semester 2 |
|| Successful completion of Part 1 Drama.
This module is available to Single Honours Drama students only. |
| Course delivery
|| Practical || 20 Hours 10 x 2 hours |
|Assessment Type||Assessment Length/Details||Proportion|
|Semester Assessment|| Essay: 2000 word essay ||40%|
|Semester Assessment|| Practical presentation at Gregynog ||60%|
Typically, upon completion of this module, the student should be able to:
Demonstrate an intelligent awareness of the role of the stage director in contemporary theatre practice.
Use appropriate methodologies in the analysis of a theatre text from a stage director?s point of view.
Direct rehearsals and offer appropriate assistance to actors in the creation of a short theatre extract, presented before peers.
To introduce students to twentieth century developments in directing practice for the European stage.
To introduce students to the basic principles and methodologies of directing theatrical texts.
To provide opportunities for students to practice such principles and methodologies, under supervision, in the context of a rehearsal environment.
A historical survey tracing the development of the role of the director since 1850, focusing on the work of Saxe-Meiningen, Antoine, Stanislavski, Meyerhold, Michael Chekhov, Brecht, Peter Stein, Peter Brook. Jonathan Miller, and Katie Mitchell.
Practical exploration of directing methodologies and techniques, including composing the stage picture, developing the through-line of action, intentions and actions, characterization through both psychological and physical exploration.
An opportunity to work independently on the selection, rehearsal and presentation of a short play extract, involving up to four actors, of a maximum of seven minutes duration, at Gregynog.
Students will be expected to contribute approximately 50-60 pounds towards the cost of accommodation and food at Gregynog.
** Recommended Text
Cole, Toby and Chinoy, Helen Kirch (1976) Directors on Directing
Gorchakov, Michael A (1954) Stanislavsky Directs
Giannachi, Gabriella (ed.) (1999) On Directing
Faber and Faber
Mackintosh, Ian (1993) Architecture, Actor and Audience
Brady, David and Williams, David (1988) Director's Theatre
Miller, J (1986) Subsequent Performances
Roose-Evans, James (1984) Experimental Theatre from Stanislavsky to Peter Brook
** Essential Reading
Delgado & Heritage (eds.), (1996) In Contact with the Gods
Manchester University Press
Taylor, Don, (1996) Directing Plays
D & C Black
Bartow, A. (1988) The Director's Voice
Theatre Communications Group
Braun, Edward, (1982) The Director and the Stage
Brook, Peter (1972) The Empty Space
Hodge, Alison (1999) Twentieth Century Actor Training
Hodge, Francis (1982) Play Directing, Analysis, Communication, and Style
Eaglewood Cliffs, N.J.
Mitter, Shomit (1992) Systems of Rehearsal
This module is at CQFW Level 5