Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Staging Performance

LEVEL 03 - Years 2, 3, 4 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Theatre Studies

DESCRIPTION This interdisciplinary study-unit provides third year B. Theatre students with the possibility of engaging in sophisticated work on a practical performance project in a variety of ways, which may include a specialisation or combination of skills they would have learnt and developed in the course of their degree. The relevant skills may include: acting, devising, directing, script-writing, stage design, light and sound design, costume, as well as management skills. The study-unit should be seen as a practical outcome for the ongoing PaR (practice as research) modules that students take throughout their formation in the Department of Theatre Studies and the School of Performing Arts. The study-unit is intended to complement and may be aligned with the school-level practical study-units in Collective Performance which involves students from across the departments of Dance Studies, Music Studies, and Theatre Studies.

Study-Unit Aims:

The study-unit allows students to engage in a creative experience and teaches them to negotiate between different artistic processes through research and practice. It consists primarily of practical work, discussion, and the elaboration of tools and methods directed towards the production of a finished practical product that can be watched and criticised by an audience. It also allows students to assume direction of and responsibility for segments of a project, and to plan the overall direction that the performance will take.

The study-unit extends ideas of negotiated performance-making processes and develops them in relation to collaboration with other artists. The group will work with students from other art forms to create a series of works which share intention and process and which explore the problems and opportunities of artistic collaboration.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Demonstrate and reflect a range of technical, staging, and production skills within a practical performance outcome;
- Develop expert knowledge and understanding of the processes by which performance is created and realised in terms of performer and technical processes;
- Understand the issues behind the organisation of a collective production and learn ways to tackle them;
- Plan and manage shared working processes, responding to group needs;
- Exploit a range of facilitation skills appropriate to artistic collaboration;
- Apply methods of collective work and strategies for negotiation among different disciplines of the performing arts.

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

- Work independently and collaboratively on a sophisticated performance production;
- Demonstrate ability to solve problems arising from working with different disciplines;
- Develop processes of research organisation;
- Develop the creative, management, and design dimensions of stage performance;
- Work on a complex performance project within specified resource and time constraints;
- Create original work using the skills and crafts of performance making, applying them effectively to communicate to an audience;
- Demonstrate skills in leadership, motivation, sophisticated thought, self and collective reflection.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

- Allegue, L., Simon Jones, Baz Kershaw, and Angela Piccini, (eds). 2009. Practice-as-Research in Performance and Screen. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
- Benson, J. F. (1987). Working More Creatively with Groups. London: Routledge.
- Bicât, T and C Baldwin, (eds) (2002) Devised and collaborative theatre: a practical guide Marlborough: Crowood.
- Brown, A. (1994). Groupwork (3rd ed). Aldershot: Arena, Ashgate Publishing Ltd.
- Brown, S. (1998) Peer Assessment in Practice, B'ham: Staff and Ed Dev Association.
- Dean, R. (1989) Creative Improvisation. Milton Keynes:Open University Press.
- Douglas, T. (2000), Basic group Work. London: Routledge.
- Fisher, J and B Shelton (2002) Face to face: Making dance and theatre in community. Melbourne: Spinifex.
- Fraser, N. (1999). Stage Lighting Design: A Practical Guide. Marlborough: Crowood.
- Howard, P. (2009), What is Scenography?, second edition. London: Routledge.
- D. Kaye, and J. LeBrecht. (2013). Sound and Music for the Theatre: The Art and Technique of Design. New York: Focal Press.
- Landy, L, and Jamieson, E, (2000), Devising Dance and Music: Idee Fixe. Experimental Sound and Movement Theatre. Sunderland: University of Sunderland Press.
- Leonard, J.A. (2001). Theatre Sound. New York: Routledge.
- McKinney, J. (2011). The Cambridge Introduction to Scenography. Cambridge: CUP.
- Oddey, A. (1994). Devising Theatre: A Practical and Theoretical Handbook. London: Routledge.
- Oddey, A & C White, (eds) (2006) The potentials of spaces: the theory and practice of scenography and performance, Bristol, UK; Portland, OR: Intellect Books.
- Pallin, G. (2010). Stage Management: The Essential Handbook, third revised edition. London: Nick Hern Books.
- Reid, F. (2004). The Stage Lighting Handbook. London: A and C Black.
- Sawyer, R. K. (2003) Group creativity: music, theater, collaboration, Mahwah, N.J.: L. Erlbaum Associates.
- Williams, D (ed) (1999), Collaborative Theatre; The Théâtre du Soleil sourcebook Routledge.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Independent Study, Lectures, Practicum & Project

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Portfolio SEM2 Yes 30%
Presentation SEM2 No 70%

LECTURER/S Vicki Ann Cremona (Co-ord.)
Simone Spiteri

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