Module Identifier DR10420  
Module Title MODES OF PRACTICE 2  
Academic Year 2006/2007  
Co-ordinator Mr David J Blumfield  
Semester Semester 2  
Pre-Requisite Optional for Single Honours Drama Students only., , ,  
Course delivery Practical   8 x 3 hour practical classes  
  Other   12 hours intensive wekend rehearsal for final presentation  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment Presentation: Production allocation: Preparation rehearsal and performance60%
Semester Assessment Report: Working Notebook30%
Semester Assessment Practical Exercise: Self-awareness programme10%
Supplementary Assessment Resit arrangements will be dealt with on an individual basis after detailed consultation with the module co-ordinator and the Director of Teaching and Learning. 

Learning outcomes

Brief description

This module will extend and develop the work of DR10320. Students will experience the production environment through participation in a staff directed project. They will explore possible production choices and encounter varying rehersal methodologies by working as performers.


Experience working as a student actor/actress on a First Year project under the guidence and directorship of a staff director.   


Students will work as actors on a small scale, text based project under the guidance of a Staff Director. The performance will take place in one of the departmental studios in front of an audience comprising of students and staff.

Module Skills

Problem_solving The module will develop the skills gained on DR10320 Creative problem solving and outcome recognition are an integral feature of the module and are assessed and encouraged.  
Research skills Further research is an essential and necessary part of a student's training and education. The most successful students are those who read and look beyond the minimum requirements. A comprehensive reader is provided, with extracts from exemplary practitioners. Students are strongly advised to engage with detailed research.  
Improving own Learning and Performance Detailed self analysis and an understanding of the potential for change and development in physical and vocal skills is essential for making progress in actor training. This module places emphasis on the student's progression, development and achievement. Students are given constructive feedback throughout the module.  
Team work Studnets wil be encouraged to recognise the importance of team work when working collaboratively on a practical project. Emphasis will be placed on working as an ensemble and the ability to work co-operatively as part of a team.  
Information Technology This is not taught directly, but competence within this field is encouraged for the purposes of research.  
Personal Development and Career planning Similarly to DR10320, this module will provide a point of departure for more advanced modules, which encourage the initial development of skills applicable to careers within the theatre/performance industries.  
Subject Specific Skills This module will expand and develop performance skills intorudced on DR10320 within the context of a staff directed level one project.  

Reading Lists

** Recommended Text
Barba, Eugenio (1991) A Dictionary of Theatre Anthropology - The Secret Arts of the Performer Routledge/CPR
Chekov, Michael (1991) On the Technique of Acting New York: Harper Collins
Mirzoeff, Nicholas (1999) An Introduction to Visual Culture Routledge
Schechner, R (2002) Performance Studies - An Introduction Routledge
Stanislavsky, Constantine (1980) An Actor Prepares London: Methuen
** Recommended Background
Berry, Cicely (2001) Text in Action. 2nd edition London: Virgin Publishing
Berry, Cicely (1993) Voice and the Actor. 2nd edition London: Virgin Publishing
Callow, Simon (1991) Acting in Restoration Comedy New York: Applause Theatre Books
Hagen, Uta. (1991) A Challenge for the Actor Macmillan
Johnston, Keith (1999) Impro for Storytellers: Theatre Sports and Arts of making Things Happen Routledge
Linklater, Kristin Freeing the Natural Voice Drama Books
Rodenburg, Patsy (1997) The Actor Speaks Methuen


This module is at CQFW Level 4