Module descriptions for Acting Foundation Course

Term 1

Acting 1: Acting Fundamentals

An introduction to techniques suitable for acting in the realist tradition and for the creation of character. These will include psychological truth, subtext, and researching and developing a theatrical character. Students will engage in scene study and techniques practice.

Audition Preparation: The Modern Monologue

This module focuses on the selection, preparation, and performance of modern monologues suitable for drama school or university auditions. Working closely with the tutor, students develop the skills to explore and develop a unique personal portrait of their skills as a performer. The course will conclude with a mock audition.

Improvisation: Creative Collaborations

Workshop-based explorations in the building blocks of theatre-making: spontaneity, imagination, blocking and accepting, status games, narrative, characterisation and situation. Games and exercises will help to build an ensemble, and give students the basic tools to create their own performance work.

Introduction to Voice and Movement

A systematic and practical investigation of basic vocal and physical skills for performance. Students develop core competencies in vocal production, physical awareness and expressivity.

Term 2

Acting 2: Scene Study

Building on the previous term’s work on contemporary realism, this module enables students to develop scene work skills including rehearsal techniques, creating and staging a character and principles of staging and blocking.

Audition Preparation: The Classical Monologue

An introduction to techniques for performing classical text, such as verse-speaking, scansion, scene analysis of Shakespeare and other classical playwrights. This will include the selection, preparation, and performance of classical monologues suitable for drama school or university auditions.

Developing Voice and Movement

Building upon the voice and movement skills from the previous semester, this module focuses upon the application of vocal and physical skills for differing types of theatrical forms, including Shakespeare and classical text.

Stages and Styles

This module will provide the students with a foundation to understand and investigate plays and production styles from different periods (for example, Classical Greece, Medieval England and the Elizabethan and Jacobean stages). In preparing for rehearsal, an actor needs to know how to approach plays from specific historical periods; this enables the actor to understand the world of the writer and therefore world from which the characters emerge. 



Last updated: 15 August 2017