The Actor and the Text

Kingston University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    The Actor and the Text

  • Host University

    Kingston University

  • Location

    London, England

  • Area of Study

    Theater

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Lower

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

    4
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    0
  • Overview

    Course Content:

    Students explore fundamental components of drama such as plot, action, character and
    dialogue and examine ways in which each is presented in a series of written
    playtexts. These plays are studied in detail and each is identified as a pretext for
    performance. Students are introduced to ways of interrogating the texts and develop a
    deeper knowledge and understanding of the relationship between what is written on the
    page and what is presented on the stage.

    Topics covered include:
    ? Introduction to key concepts in the study of playtexts informed by the
    work of, for example, Wallis and Shepherd
    ? Close study of a range of playtexts both on the page and in production
    ? Approaches to actor training and psycho-physical preparation such as those developed by Meyerhold, Stanislavski and Grotowski
    ? Concepts, principles and techniques including neutrality, energy, rhythm
    presence and focus central to the work of, for example, Barba,
    Meyerhold and Lecoq
    ? Exploration of the relationship between the actor and the character
    informed by, for example, Stanislavski, Brecht and Chekhov
    ? Importance of improvisation and play as demonstrated in the work of, for
    example, Copeau and Lecoq
    ? Development of academic skills related to writing reflective essays

    Autumn Semester:
    Students explore fundamental components of drama such as plot, action, character and
    dialogue and examine ways in which each is presented in a series of written
    playtexts. Students explore the same playtexts practically alongside a range of differing
    acting methodologies.

    Spring Semester:
    Students explore fundamental components of drama such as plot, action, character and
    dialogue and examine ways in which each is presented in a series of written
    playtexts. Students explore the same playtexts practically alongside a range of differing
    acting methodologies.

    Teaching: Lectures, Seminars, and Practical Workshops
    Assessment:
    STUDY OPTION 1:
    ? 500 word Essay
    ? 8-12 min Group Practical
    STUDY OPTION 2 OR STUDY OPTION 3: 10 minute group performance from a playtext

    Study Option 1 = Whole Year
    Study Option 2 = Autumn
    Study Option 3 = Spring/summer

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