PERF06088 2019 Acting 3 Playing Heightened and Poetic Text

General Details

Full Title
Acting 3 Playing Heightened and Poetic Text
Transcript Title
Acting 3 Playing Heightened an
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Subject Area
PERF - Performing Arts
YADA - Yeats Academy Art Dsgn & Arch
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, Agnes Pallai
Programme Membership
SG_APERF_H08 201900 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Performing Arts SG_APERA_B07 201900 Bachelor of Arts in Performing Arts (Acting)

This module is designed to enable the learner to develop the ability to create a believable characterisation through the medium of heightened or poetic text.

Learning Outcomes

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


adhere to the professional requirements of a theatre practitioner


apply research and textual analysis to characterisation


employ appropriate techniques towards characterisation


display appropriate voice and movement skills and apply them to the demands of non-naturalistic depiction of character and heightened or poetic texts


apply direction creatively


document, reflect on and evaluate the creative process and personal progression


 demonstrate an ability to apply the Michael Chekhov technique principles of characterisation  and transformation to the chosen text

Teaching and Learning Strategies

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

Teaching/learning takes place in a twice weekly workshop setting.

 the principles of characterisation  and transformation from Michael Chekhov Technique are applied  to the development of character 

in the given text.


Module Assessment Strategies

Students are continuously assessed on attendance ,contribution, engagement, interest, application to activities and final performance

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

•·    Textual examination of appropriate material to develop ways of working on characterisation, action, discourse, staging and narrative in relation to classical texts.

•·    Development and extension of the actor's vocal, physical and imaginative resources in relation to the speaking of heightened text.

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

•·    Exploration of Commedia dell'Arte and its relation to Shakespeare and his contemporaries.

•·    Rehearsal and Performance of Shakespearian/ Jacobean play to an audience.

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Continuous Assessment Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 50 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5,6,7
2 Practical Evaluation performance Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 40 % End of Term 2,3,4,5,7
3 Continuous Assessment Reflective Practice Journal Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 10 % OnGoing 2,6,7

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Practical Black Box rehearsals, performance 7 Weekly 7.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 7.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
1991 On the technique of acting
ISBN UOM:39015022011293

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Barton, John. Playing Shakespeare. London: Methuen Drama, 1984.

Bartow, Arthur ed. Handbook of Acting Techniques. London: Nick Hern Books, 2008.

Benedetti, Jean. The Art of the Actor. NY: Routledge, 2007. 

Bennet, Susan. Performing Nostalgia. Shifting Shakespeare and Contemporary Performance. Routledge, 1995.

Berkoff, Steven. I am Hamlet. Faber and Faber, 1988.

Berry, Cicely. The Actor and the Text. London: Virgin Books, 1993.

Brook, Peter. Evoking and Forgetting Shakespeare. Nick Hern Books, 2002.

Brown, John Russell. Shakespeare and the Theatrical Event. NY: Palgrave Macmillan, 2002.

Davis, Oliver Ford. Playing Lear. London: Nick Hern Books, 2003.

Hall, Peter. Shakespeare's Advice to the Players. London: Oberon Books, 2004.

Marowitz, Charles. Prospero's Staff. Marion Boyars, 1988.

Miller, Jonathan. Subsequent Performances. Faber and Faber, 1988.

Pennington, Michael. Twelfth Night: A User's Guide. London: Nick Hern Books, 2000.  

Rodenburg, Patsy. Speaking Shakespeare. London: Methuen, 2005.

Rudlin, John. Commedia dell' Arte - An Actor's Handbook. London: Routledge, 1994.

Sher,Antony. Year Of The King. Nick Hern Books, 2004.

On Directing Shakespeare: Interviews with Contemporary Directors. Viking Penguin, 1989.

Journal Resources


URL Resources


Other Resources

Black Box space

break away space for the students

Additional Information