Module Identifier DR35630  
Academic Year 2004/2005  
Co-ordinator Mr Richard A D Cheshire  
Semester Semester 2  
Other staff Mr David W Kendell, Mrs Joan G Mills, Mr Simon J Banham  
Pre-Requisite DR31720 , DR33320 , DR33620 , SG30720 Any ONE of these 4 modules  
Course delivery Practical   5 Week intensive rehearsals (normally 35 hours per week) , 20 x 2 hour practical workshops, 8 performances (including post-production discussion)  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment The rehearsal process: development and progress throughout the period of preparation and rehearsal20%
Semester Assessment The active manifestation and development of rehearsal work in public performance40%
Semester Assessment Contribution to planning, devising and execution of the workshops25%
Semester Assessment Oral examination15%

Learning outcomes

Typically, upon completion of this module students should be able to:

Brief description

Students will work on the Schools' Shakespeare Project in conjunction with colleagues at the Aberystwyth Arts Centre as part of the performance and/or production team. An experienced staff director and staff design tutor will direct and design 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 and conduct two one-hour workshops for schoolchildren visiting the performance. Where appropriate, students will work alongside professional performers cast in specific roles in the project.


Students will be allocated as either actors, designers, stage managers or assistants to the staff director and work intensively for six weeks on producing a production of one of the GCSE or A-Level Shakespearean set texts. This will be performed in either Aberystwyth Arts Centre or one of the Studios in the Parry-Williams Building. There will be a total of eight performances of the play: five specifically designed for the school children and three for members of the general public.
Students will also undertake a series of ten two-hour 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 will 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 experiences of the module.

Reading Lists

Students will be required to read the set text chosen and consult the relevant volume of both 'Shakespeare in Performance' and 'Text in Performance'
Hall, Peter (2003) Shakespeare's Advice for the Players Oberon Books
Barton, John (1984) Playing Shakespeare Methuen
Aers, L and Wheeale, N (1991) Shakespeare in the Changing Curriculum Routledge
Marowitz, Charles (1991) Recycling Shakespeare Macmillan
Linklater, Christine (1992) Freeing Shakespear's Voice Theatre Communications Group
Berry, Cicely (1993) The Actor and the Text Virgin Publishing
Berry, Cicely (1993) Voice and the Actor Virgin Publishing
Boal, Agusto Games for Actors and Non-Actors Adrian Jackson
Meyer - Dinkgrafe, Daniel (2001) Approaches to Acting, Past and Present Cassell
Hagen, Uta (1991) A Challenge for the Actor MAcmillan


This module is at CQFW Level 6