PERF06087 2019 Acting 2 Actors Work on Text

General Details

Full Title
Acting 2 Actors Work on Text
Transcript Title
Acting 2 Actors Work on Text
80 %
Subject Area
PERF - Performing Arts
COMP - Computing & Creative Practices
06 - NFQ Level 6
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Declan Drohan, Niall Colleary, Rhona Trench, Bernie Meehan
Programme Membership
SG_APERF_H08 201900 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Performing Arts SG_APERA_B07 201900 Bachelor of Arts in Performing Arts (Acting) SG_APERT_B07 201900 Bachelor of Arts in Performing Arts (Theatre Design)

This module is designed to introduce learners to text-based acting and to provide them with the experience of working with a play text from page to stage from the actor's point of view. Learners will be introduced to methods and techniques that an actor needs to work on play texts to create characters and develop professional work and rehearsal practice skills.


Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


apply appropriate professional conduct of a theatre practitioner to build a working ensemble


demonstrate the ability to analyse text as a means of defining character, to identify themes and narrative progression


research appropriately in specified areas of study, and apply the research to character work as appropriate


develop basic characterisation techniques


develop basic skills in the areas of voice and movement


take direction


develop methods and vocabulary for reflection and evaluation of own work.


Demonstrate an active understanding through Chekhov Technique of the concept of the Moving Space ; Atmosphere , Creative Individuality and Play.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Principles of technique are embodied through theorised praxis. Classroom activity is supported by a range of reading materials.

Teaching takes place in a twice weekly workshop setting where the student is guided through a series of group and individual activities designed

to establish an ensemble of actors who can  creatively respond to a given text.

Apply the tools from the Michael Chekhov Technique , namely Atmosphere, Personal Atmosphere, and Moving Space in developing a short  ensemble performance to an audience.

Students keep reflective journals of their activities.


Module Assessment Strategies

Continuous observation of working process 60%

Performance 30%

Reflective Practice Journals 10%

Repeat Assessments

A repeat project is allocated to the student.

Under certain circumstances the exam board may recommend that the student repeat attended.

Indicative Syllabus

Practical exploration of play texts: scene work from page to stage

•·         Research into the world of the playwright and the play.

•·         Close textual examination to develop a method of analysis capable of yielding clues to character, relationships and actions.

•·        Staging and rehearsing the scenes and performing them to an audience.

Tools from Chekhov Technique to be actively applied to text:

  • Personal and Objective Atmosphere.
  • Centres and Connections.
  • Thresholds and Points of entry.


Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Continuous Assessment Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 60 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8
2 Practical Evaluation performance Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 30 % End of Term 4,5
3 Continuous Assessment Reflective Practice Journal Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 10 % OnGoing 2,3,7,8

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Practical Black Box rehearsals 6 Weekly 6.00
Practical Black Box performance 0 Once Per Semester 0.00
Individual Diary / Log Book Not Specified reflection on work process 0 Weekly 0.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 6.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

As per first semester

Journal Resources


URL Resources


Other Resources

Black Box space

Break away rehearsal space for students

Classroom material - props

Additional Information