Module Identifier DR21510  
Academic Year 2007/2008  
Co-ordinator Mr Richard A D Cheshire  
Semester Available semesters 1 and 2  
Pre-Requisite NOTE: Single Hons students who wish to take Acting 2 (DR22620) must attain at least 55% in this module., Successful completion of Part 1 Drama.  
Course delivery Practical   10 x 2 hour practical classes The Practical Exam will take place in final session.  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam Practical Examination  50%
Semester Assessment Working notebook  20%
Semester Assessment Workshop Development: Attendance, punctuality, commitment and development and progress in workshops.  30%

Learning outcomes

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

Brief description

This module will run twice per session:
Semester One will be for Single Honours Drama students only
Semester Two will be for Joint Honours Drama students only

An introduction into the principles of effective acting, based on the systematic approach to the actor's craft, advocated by Constantin Stanislavski


This module is available to both single- and joint-honours second year Drama students. There is no entry requirement except successful completion of Part 1 Drama. Single-honours students should note that a mark of 55% is required to take DR22620: The Theory and Practice of Acting 2 in the second semester of the second year; joint-honours students should note that a mark of 55% is required to take DR23610: The Theory and Practice of Acting 3 in the second semester of the second year.


For information on due dates for submission of assessed work, please refer
to the departmental web pages at

Reading Lists

** Essential Reading
Barton, John (1984) Playing Shakespeare London: Methuen
Chekhov, Michael (1991) On the technique of acting New York: Harper Collins
Harrap, John (1992) Acting London: Routledge
Stanislavsky, Constantine (1980) An Actor Prepares London: Methuen
Stanislavsky, Constantine (1983) Building a Character London: Methuen
Stanislavsky, Constantine (1983) Creating a Role London: Methuen
Stanislavsky, Constantine (1980) My Life in Art London: Methuen
The Department has a supplementary booklet recommending reading lists for all practical modules.


This module is at CQFW Level 5