Module Identifier DR35630  
Academic Year 2006/2007  
Co-ordinator Mr Richard A D Cheshire  
Semester Semester 2  
Other staff Mr David W Kendell, Mr Simon J Banham, Mrs Joan G Mills  
Pre-Requisite DR33830 , Any ONE of these 4 modules, DR33930 , OR  
Course delivery Practical   6 Week intensive rehearsals (normally 35 hours per week).  
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 workshops20%
Semester Assessment Oral examination20%

Learning outcomes

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

Brief description

Students will work on the Schools' Shakespeare Project as part of the performance and/or production team. An experienced staff director will direct 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 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, scenographers, stage managers or assistants to the staff director and work intensively for six weeks on producing a production of a Shakespearean set texts.   There will be a minimum of five performances of the play.
Students will also undertake a series of 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 may 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.

Module Skills

Problem_solving These skills are developed as the students respond to the different challenges that emerge during the process of transferring page to stage  
Research skills These skills are developed through preparation for rehearsals and the workshops, although these skills are not directly assessed.  
Communication The development of communication skills is intrinsic to all aspects of performance. The ability to interact effectively with schoolchildren forms an important part of the workshop element for this module.  
Improving own Learning and Performance Progress throughout the rehearsal process and the ability to reflect critically on individual achievement attained.  
Team work The development of team working skills is intrinsic to all group performance situations. Team leadership skills also form an important part in the assessment of the workshops.  
Information Technology Students may choose to make use of on-line materials to locate data and documentation relevant to their research, but this skill will not be separately assessed.  
Personal Development and Career planning Personal development and career planning will not be explicitly developed through this module, however, many of the generic skills developed through the practical work of this module will have significant transferability to a wide range of contexts  
Subject Specific Skills The module will enhance and develop the students' understanding of the potential of theatre as a means of communicating with a particular audience, in this case, schoolchildren  

Reading Lists

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


This module is at CQFW Level 6