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Improvisation: Text, Space and Action (THTR20022)

Undergraduate level 2Points: 12.5On Campus (Southbank)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 2
Subject codeTHTR20022
Availability(Quotas apply)
Winter Term
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This subject focuses on the use of improvisation in acting and theatre making processes. The perception and manipulation of text, space and action will form the basis of this studio-based exploration of the art of acting. Areas covered will include experimental physical and vocal improvisation, writing, and composing material for performance. Students will learn to work spontaneously and to use this spontaneity in the theatrical context. The interface between acting skills and their use within other art forms will be explored.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject students should be able to demonstrate the ability to:

• experience improvisation, text, space and action as approaches to creating theatre;

• study the use of impulse and kinaesthetic training and their ability to affect transformation in oneself;
• develop an ability to structure action generated from improvisation;

• demonstrate an understanding of ensemble-based performance creation, rehearsal room techniques, and professional attitude.

Generic skills

On completion of this subject students should have acquired the following skills

• the capacity to give and receive informed feedback;

• the capacity to participate effectively in collaborative learning as a team member whilst respecting individual differences;

• the ability to trust the work process in which they are involved; 

• the ability to initiate ideas and to put them into practice;

• the ability to work autonomously;

• the ability to work spontaneously with authenticity;

• the ability to analyse performance material.

Last updated: 10 August 2019