Full Title:Introduction to Theatre Practice
Language of Instruction:English
Module Code:53784
Credits: 7.5
Valid From:Semester 1 - 2015/16 ( September 2015 )
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Description:This module will introduce students to the core skills of Theatre Practice: Voice, Movement, Acting and Technical Theatre. Students will begin to develop their acting and performance skills through the exploration of voice, movement and acting techniques This module will also introduce students to the range of technical theatre departments and how they function in the creation of theatre.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Work as a team in an ensemble
  2. Develop their vocal, movement and acting technique
  3. Understand the terminology of technical theatre and the roles and responsibilities of each technical department
  4. Identify the fundamentals of the acting process and storytelling
  5. Recognise their own habitual vocal and physical tensions blocking truthful expression
  6. Critically reflect on their own development and practice

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Introduction to Technical Theatre
Understanding health & safety in the backstage environment. Basic stage management. Introduction to technical theatre roles, responsibilities and terminology.
Vocal & Physical Warm Ups
Students will learn how to warm up their bodies and vocal apparatus.
Working creatively in groups. Being creatively dependent on one’s fellow actors to create mutually and not in isolation. Exploring group dynamics and interaction in the creation of theatre.
Vocal & Physical Expression
Students will learn how to employ the voice and body as tools of expression.
The students will explore the art of storytelling, creating scenes developed through devising. The shape and structure of dramatic situations.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Special Regulation
On completion of this module, students will be assessed as to their suitability for either the Technical Theatre or Theatre Practice stream. This will be assessed through a combination of consideration of their average grade, consultation and audition.

Full Time

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Class Test Technical Theatre Terminology and Department Responsibilities 3 10.00 0 0 n/a 0
Reflective Journal The student will continue to maintain a reflective journal over the course of the semester and critically reflect on the development of their work, including personal reflections and documentation of the creative process. 1,3,4,5,6 20.00 0 0 n/a 0
Group Project The student will be assessed as part of a group in the presentation of devised scenes, developed through improvisation and creative play. 1,4 20.00 0 0 n/a 0
Continuous Assessment Ongoing assessment of personal progress. 1,4,5,6 50.00 0 0 n/a 0
No Project
No Practical
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
The assessment of this module is inextricably linked to the delivery. Therefore reassessment on this module will require the student to reattend (i.e. retake) the module in its entirety.

DKIT reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload & Resources

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Practical Theatre Practice Workshops 4.00 Every Week 4.00
Practical Technical Theatre Workshop 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Directed Reading No Description 4.00 Every Week 4.00
Independent Study No Description 4.00 Every Week 4.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 14.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 6.00
This course has no Part Time workload.
Recommended Book Resources
  • Donnellan, Declan 2002, The Actor and The Target, Nick Hern Books
  • Linklater, Kristin 1976, Freeing The Natural Voice, Drama Publishers
  • Laban, Rudolf and Ullmann, Lisa 1950, The Mastery of Movement, Dance Books
  • Stanislavski, Constantin 2013, An Actor Prepares, Bloomsbury Revelations
  • White, Christine A 2001, Technical Theatre A Practical Introduction, Bloomsbury
  • Johnstone, Keith 1994, Impro For Storytellers, Faber & Faber
This module does not have any article/paper resources
This module does not have any other resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
DK_MTFIP_7 Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Film Practice 1 Mandatory