|Module Title||PRODUCTION ANALYSIS 2|
|Co-ordinator||Dr Patricia A Rhodes|
|Semester||Semester 2 (Taught over 2 semesters)|
|Other staff||Mr Richard A D Cheshire|
|Course delivery||Seminars / Tutorials||12 x 1 hour Seminars|
|Lecture||12 x 1 hour Lectures|
During the theatre visits students will have the opportunity to meet with actors (and where possible directors and designers) involved in the production process. These will be arranged by the Module Co-ordinator in conjunction with the Education Departments at Theatr Clwyd and the RSC in Stratford.
Students should bear in mind their own responsibility for acquiring their experience of the relevant text and bringing it to bear in the analysis of separate production events. It is also the responsibility of students to ensure that they attend the productions studied on the course. The lectures and discussions arranged with theatre practitioners are designed to be generally helpful and informative, but they should not distract attention from the proper focus of the module which is firmly on the personal experience and analysis acquired and developed by the individual student.
Students will be made aware that they will be required to meet the additional costs incurred by the theatre visits. These are subsidised by the Department who also benefit from reduced costs as a result of group bookings.
Lecture Content: the texts for analysis and discussion obviously differ from year to year depending on which
productions are being offered in repertoire. Students will be notified of which productions have been chosen at the beginning of each semester which allows proper time to select and purchase the tickets. The Department tries to attain a balance in the type, genre and style of the text chosen focusing primarily on classical texts written before 1960.
The lectures will discuss each text in its theatrical, social, political, religious and historical context and will inform students of the recognised challenges and perceived difficulties of interpreting the text for contemporary theatre audiences. Students will also be introduced to the differing styles of contemporary theatre critics as well as examining methodologies for reviewing text in performance. During the theatre visits, arranged in conjunction with the education departments of each venue, students will meet with practitioners who will discuss the directorial concepts and rehearsal methodologies applied during the rehearsal/performance process.
Seminar content: these will give students the opportunity to discuss and share their views and experiences of the productions seen and in particular identify the textual justification for production choices made.
|Problem_solving||The examination and analysis of aspects of theatre production inevitably involves understanding concepts relating to problem solving. Students are also required to use their initiative and logic during the periods covering theatre visits where there is a minimum amount of supervision.|
|Research skills||Students will demonstrate the results of individual research in the form of essays, examinations and contribution in lectures and seminars.|
|Communication||Students will demonstrate oral communication skills in seminar sessions and gain experience in selecting and analysing material for written assessments.|
|Improving own Learning and Performance||Students will receive feedback on written assignments as well as informal oral feedback during seminar sessions. The structure of the assignments allows students to submit one assignment for only 20% of the module and further components of assessment subsequently which are more heavily weighted given the expectation that they should improve upon their performance in the first submission.|
|Team work||Students will work in seminar groups and will therefore develop their team skills in that way. They will also form teams on an informal basis during theatre visits.|
|Information Technology||IT and information handling skills will be demonstrated through students' individual web based and library research. Furthermore, students are expected to submit all essay-type assignments in word-processed form.|
|Application of Number||The academic content of the module does not demand any application of number. However, students will be required to budget in order to meet the costs of theatre visits of which they are made fully aware prior to registration at University and the module.|
|Personal Development and Career planning||Students will have the opportunity to explore specific areas which reflect and strengthen their individual career needs.|
|Subject Specific Skills||Students will be encouraged to develop the use of a critical and analytical awareness and to expand their vocabulary in written and oral response to issues concerning theatrical texts in performance for modern audience.|
This module is at CQFW Level 6