Performing Non-Fiction: Biographical Performance

University of Roehampton

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Performing Non-Fiction: Biographical Performance

  • Host University

    University of Roehampton

  • Location

    London, England

  • Area of Study

    Acting, Theater

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Contact Hours

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

    Assessment: practical essay [50%], project analysis [50%]
    Focusing on students? research on a non-fiction character, the module is designed to provide an opportunity for students to work on a range of developmental processes in relation to their own performance texts, based on interviews, literary and non-literary texts, archival resources etc. Each student chooses a person/personality, from any walk of life, to focus on and conducts archival or ethnographic research on them, leading to the creation of a script and a one-person performance on this topic. The module culminates in a short one-person show festival.

    Students become familiar with archival and ethnographic research methods that they apply to a performance project. Consideration will be given to how the deployment of workshop strategies and methodologies informs interpretive and analytical choices and decisions. The module provides a range of opportunities for students to deploy their dramaturgical and performative skills in the development of new writing in performance based on ethnographic and non-fiction material. The following questions will be addressed: What is the process of going from the written text to performance? How can a performance be created out of texts traditionally not designed for performance? What are the challenges and responsibilities when performing ?real? people and how do they differ from fictional performance?

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