PERF08059 2019 The Yeats Project

General Details

Full Title
The Yeats Project
Transcript Title
The Yeats Project
80 %
Subject Area
PERF - Performing Arts
YADA - Yeats Academy Art Dsgn & Arch
08 - NFQ Level 8
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Tom Weir, Una Mannion, Declan Drohan, Niall Colleary, Rhona Trench, Agnes Pallai, Marketa Formanova, Niall Rea, Vanya Lambrecht, Katarina Rozvadska
Programme Membership
SG_APERF_H08 201900 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Performing Arts

This module uses the performance texts of WB Yeats as a point of entry for a collaborative, non literature based approach to the examination , editing, physical scoring and performance of an collective  response to an assigned text. 

In this final phase of the actor's training the learner(s) are reacquainted with a full ensemble approach to performance that also  includes  elements of solo and group performance. In this phase the learners are encouraged to conceive of themselves as creative artists in their own right.

Learning Outcomes

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


Learners will explore the physical approach to staging Yeats, (employing somatic principles) thereby bypassing a literary or dry reading of the text.


Learners will embody the formal language of the text in a process of experimentation, exploration and final performance of a response to a  Yeats play


Learners will demonstrate the ability to integrate different performance-disciplines leading to a public sharing (i.e. Laban principles; composition tools from Michael Chekhov Technique/Stanslavisky/Suzuki/Viewpoints/Corporeal Mime and Contemporary Dance)


Building a collaborative framework, students will apply fully their previous skills in order to invent a common language of performance


Demonstrate the ability to devise, notate and edit, work in a collaborative enviornment

Teaching and Learning Strategies


Teaching takes place in a thrice weekly workshop, where the student is directed as in a professional setting with an clear emphasis on preparation for  the performance of the selected Yeats play.

Teaching will be team driven , with a panel of people drawn from acting/movement disciplines leading the activity. The initial period of exploration and devising will lead to work being generated. TThis work will then  be further edited and rehearsed until a final performance (s) are produced.

Students are re-acquainted with the concepts and practice of full collaboration.

Learners are expected to begin to apply that which they have acquired during the course to the process both in their individual performances and as an ensemble member; moving the learner towards a conception of themselves as an autonomous creative artist.



Module Assessment Strategies

Students are assessed under the following criteria.


Contribution to the process



Repeat Assessments

Repeat Project 

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

Indicative Syllabus

Building on previous modules, students will draw on their physical languages of performance; their acting techniques (for example, Chekhov or Stanislavsky) and movement techniques such as Laban principles and tools of Theatre and Dance/Contact Improvisation to explore and respond to a Yeats play.


Skills development will include devising, notating, editing, rehearsing and performing of a Yeats play. 



Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Attendence Continuous Assessment Assessment 20 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4
2 Performance Project Performance Evaluation 40 % End of Term 2,3
3 Contribution to Process Continuous Assessment Performance Evaluation 20 % OnGoing 1,4,5
4 Journal/Reflective/Technical Notes/Notation Practical Written Report 20 % Any 2,4,5

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Workshop Black Box Workshop 3 Weekly 3.00
Workshop Black Box Rehearsal 3 Weekly 3.00
Problem Based Learning Flat Classroom Devising/Notation /Editing 1 Weekly 1.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 7.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
1976 W. B. Yeats and the Idea of a Theatre
ISBN 0300046278 ISBN-13 9780300046274

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

see booklist


Journal Resources


URL Resources

Moodle page for course.

Other Resources

breakaway rehearsal space.

Additional Information