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Intimate Acts: Inside The 'Fourth Wall' (MUST20011)

Undergraduate level 2Points: 12.5On Campus (Southbank)

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Overview

Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 2
Subject codeMUST20011
Campus
Southbank
Availability
Semester 2
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The Oxford Dictionary defines the fourth wall as ‘the space which separates a performer…from an audience …a conceptual barrier between any fictional work and its readers or viewers’. In this subject we examine and explore the creation of theatre in which the performer engages in a more intimate relationship with the audience, perhaps through creating a sense of complicity with its audience, through direct address, through theatre moving into intimate physical spaces such as private lounge rooms or through combinations of a number of these elements. In this theatre we challenge the notions of what is real and what is representative. The audience is necessarily invited to take on a more active role than does the observer in fourth wall theatre: to be engaged with being within the performance. Lectures and presentations cover a range of works in areas that may be as diverse as cabaret, burlesque, children’s theatre, site-specific private performance and independent theatre and music theatre. Within practical workshops students will explore elements of performance-making such as space, materials, content and rationale. The major assessment task will give students the choice to critically review theatre within this context, to collaborate on the creation of a concept for an intimate theatre work or to perform a small excerpt of a work in progress. These may incorporate dance, spoken text, music, song, light, sound and physical materials or any combinations of these.

Intended learning outcomes

Upon completion of this subject students should be able to:

  • Exhibit practical and theoretical understanding of including acquisition of skills and relevant professional knowledge appropriate to professional artistic practice
  • Be critical and creative thinkers, with an aptitude for continued self-directed learning
  • Have the capacity to participate fully in collaborative learning and to confront unfamiliar problems
  • Apply new analytical understanding to the critical assessment and/or generation of new work
  • Demonstrate enhanced practical skills in the generation of new work
  • Apply existing creative and artistic skills in innovative ways
  • Demonstrate an enhanced understanding of the relationship between form and content in artistic practice

Generic skills

Upon completion of this subject students should be able to:

  • reach a high level of achievement in artistic practice, writing, generic research activities, problem-solving and communication
  • be critical and creative thinkers, with an aptitude for continued self-directed learning
  • examine critically, synthesise and evaluate knowledge across a range of disciplines
  • expand their analytical and cognitive skills through learning experiences in diverse subjects
  • have the capacity to participate fully in collaborative learning and to confront unfamiliar problems

Last updated: 4 June 2019