PERF06108 2019 Directing 2
This module is designed to further develop the interdisciplinary nature involved in the process of creating theatre. It enables learners to develop methodologies in the context of visual and material culture which define directorial approaches from a range of possibilities through shared experiences. It provides the learner with practical experience working with peers in small groups. Learners will explore 20th century key theatre and visual art movements and examine dominant influences to inform and enhance their development. They will further develop directing skills in terms of approaches to the technical aspects of theatre production (sound and lighting design) and develop a deeper understanding of the complete theatrical language of live performance. Their individual responses to conanical 20th century texts will be developed.
On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;
recognise the interdisciplinary and collaborative nature of creating a work of theatre/performance
process information on a range of visual, cultural and creative disciplines which can inform and develop the process of creating performance
explore how original concepts can be realised in in the creation of a work of theatre
articulate and reflect on the challenges, successes and failures of the process verbally and in writing
demonstrate understanding of key 20th century practitioners who have strongly influenced the development of theatre and performance movements
explore space, objects, cultural and visual material to create images that convey meaning
develop an understanding of the complex nature of theatre production including the importance of lighting and sound design
Module Assessment Strategies
Continuous assessment of the preparation and rehearsal process
Log books: students record and evaluate their personal journey in the directing process
Practical evaluation of the performance/workshop of the directed piece
Research Presentation: students demonstrate research, interpretation and reflection on the findings of their research experience
Selection of text
Exploration of cultural and visual contexts to inform the stylistic and interpretative choices for the production of a chosen text.
Examine the production process with an emphasis on and in the context of the collaborative, intercultural and interdisciplinary nature of directing
Examination of the artistic and practical demands of evolving a work of theatre, including spatial dynamics and exploration, scenography, technical requirements, and approaches to rehearsal.
The director's preparation process
To evolve, under the supervision of tutors from each strand (team-teaching), a text-based project.
Research dominant forces in the evolution of theatre and visual movements in the 20th century including key theatre practitioners work (for example, Andre Antoine, Vladimir Nemirovich-Danchenko, Max Reinhardt, Alexander Tairov, Erwin Piscator, Jacques Copeau, Jean Vilar, Lee Strasberg, Jerzy Grotowski, Jurij Ljubimov, Giorgio Strehler, Peter Brook, Augusto Boal, Steven Berkoff)
Coursework & Assessment Breakdown
|Title||Type||Form||Percent||Week||Learning Outcomes Assessed|
|1||Continuous Assessment preparation and process||Continuous Assessment||UNKNOWN||60 %||OnGoing||1,2,3,4,5,6|
|2||Presentation research||Continuous Assessment||UNKNOWN||15 %||OnGoing||1,2,3,4,5,6|
|3||Practical Evaluation workshop presentation||Continuous Assessment||UNKNOWN||15 %||OnGoing||1,2,4,6,7|
|4||Written Report reflective log||Continuous Assessment||UNKNOWN||10 %||OnGoing||1,2,4|
Full Time Mode Workload
|Practical||Black Box||exploration, workshop||3||Weekly||3.00|
Berkoff, Steven: The Theatre of Steven Berkoff. London: Methuen Drama, 1992.
Berkoff, Steven, Graft: Tales of an Actor, (UK :Oberon Books, 1999)
Boal, Augusto. Games for Actors and Non-Actors. London: Routledge, 1992.
Brook, Peter. The Empty Space. NY: Touchstone, 1996.
Brook, Peter. The shifting point. London: Methuen Drama, 1988.
Braun, Edward. The Director and the Stage. London: Methuen Drama, 1982.
Chothia, J. Directors in Perspective: André Antoine. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1991.
Cross, Robert, Steven Berkoff and the Theatre of Self-performance, (Manchester University Press, 2004)
Grotowski, Jerzy. Towards a Poor Theatre. London: Methuen, 1991.
Hethmon, Robert H. ed. Strasberg at the Actors Studio. New York: Theater Communications Group, 1991.
Kumiega, Jennifer, The Theatre of Grotowski, (London: Metheun, 1985)
Leach, R. and Borovsky, V. eds. A History of Russian Theatre. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999.
Leiter, S. L. The Great Stage Directors. New York: Facts on File, 1994.
Mitter, Shomit. Systems of Rehearsal - Stanislavsky, Brecht, Grotwski and Brook. London: Routledge, 1992.
Nemirovich-Danchenko, V. I. My Life in the Russian Theatre. Trans. John Cournos. NY: Theatre Arts Books, 1987.
Richards, Thomas. At Work with Grotowsi on Physical Actions. London: Routledge, 1995.
Rudlin, John. Jacques Copeau. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1986.
Rudlin, John and Paul, Norman H. eds and trans. Jacques Copeau: Texts on Theatre. London: Routledge, 1990.
Strasberg, Lee. A Dream of Passion. London: Penguin, 1987.
Styan, J. L. Max Reinhardt. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1982.
Black Box Theatre Space
Break away space for rehearsals
Technical equipment for sound and lighting design