Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Performance 2: Production

LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Theatre Studies

DESCRIPTION This study-unit builds on the laboratorial practices developed in THS2104 (Performance 1: Laboratory, 6ECTS, Sem 1) and exposes students to a practical understanding of the processes involved in the creation of a theatre production. A dramaturgical theme and/or a number of texts will be agreed upon at the outset by the students and the lecturer as a starting point for the production.

Students will have the opportunity to engage in the various levels that comprise a theatre production, i.e. physical and vocal presentation, lights, sounds, costume, props, setting up of space, promotion, etc. The production will be presented at the end of the study-unit, and will be made open to the public.

Study-unit Aims:

The study-unit aims to:
- Explore and understand the aspects of work involved in the creation of a theatre production;
- Present rehearsed material and engage creatively with audience members;
- Understand the dynamics involved in individual and group expressivity;
- Evaluate the work through critical and written reflection;
- Create a production portfolio that can be used in future auditions, interviews etc.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Conceive, stage, and evaluate theatre production processes;
- Understand the networks operating between the various theatrical elements that make up a theatre production;
- Gauge the possible outreach impact of the work;
- Understand the wider ethical and cultural dimensions of production work;
- Apply knowledge learnt during the year to the creation of a performance.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Organise and share material around identified key themes;
- Undertake processes of negotation in a collaborative project;
- Present ideas in a clear and logical manner;
- Apply performance-generating skills in both theatre (e.g. performances) and non-theatre contexts (e.g. working creatively with children).

Main Text/s:

- A. Oddey, Devising theatre: A Practical and Theoretical Handbook (London: Routledge, 1994)
- D. Krasner, An Actor's Craft. The Art and Technique of Acting (Hampshire: Palgrave, 2012).

Supplementary readings:

- E. Barba and N. Savarese, A Dictionary of Theatre Anthropology: The Secret Art of the Performer, second edition (London: Routledge, 2006)
- A. Dennis, The Articulate Body: The Physical Training of the Actor (London: Nick Hern Books, 2002).

ADDITIONAL NOTES Venue - Vallettta Campus Theatre (Ex-MITP)

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Performance and Practicum

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Portfolio SEM2 Yes 40%
Performance SEM2 No 60%

LECTURER/S Mario Frendo

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