Friday, 31 July 2009

Drama and Applied Theatre Programme description

Drama and Applied Theatre is a course for those who have a passion for changing society for the better and are prepared to take action. This practice based course will challenge you physically, emotionally and intellectually. We welcome students who have imagination, enthusiasm and commitment.

Through a series of community based projects, you will learn, as a performer, how to use theatrical solutions to address social need.In developing your practice you will be expected to reflect critically on your work, asking yourself two key questions: ‘why are we doing this?’ and ‘who will benefit?’

Drawing on the most innovative current practice the course will equip you with the necessary creative skills to become a cultural leader and make a significant difference to the society of the future.

Structure and content - Level 1

Practical courses in Acting, Voice and Movement and Writing for Performance will provide you with the key skills you need to begin working imaginatively and professionally with a range of community groups. We also consider some of the ethical and political issues that arise from your practical work, and critique different approaches to Applied theatre. London Theatre Now introduces you to the Capital’s dynamic theatre scene, and an in-depth study of Shakespeare in performance will develop your knowledge of different theatrical traditions. The year culminates with an extended performance project in a local school in partnership with professional theatre in education practitioners.

Level 1 Modules are:-

London Theatre Now.
Acting for Applied Theatre.
Movement and Voice.
Writing for Performance.
Theatre in Education

Structure and content - Level 2

Level 2 sees you move increasingly towards positions of leadership and responsibility. Drama modules will offer you an international context for Applied Theatre practice whilst Creative Thinking will develop your critical and problem solving skills. In the first semester you’ll build on the foundation skills acquired at Level 1 whilst being introduced to ways in which storytelling and design can be incorporated in the creation of a large scale community project. In the second semester the course develops interview, research and interpretation skills, as you explore the techniques and methodologies needed to facilitate reminiscence, verbatim and forum work with a range of community groups. The year ends with a two week placement with our sister company Theatre for a Change, who operate in sub-Saharan Africa, exploring how participatory theatre projects can give voice to communities living in poverty.

Level 2 Modules are :-

International Practice and Practitioners.
Applied Theatre Production.
Theatre for Change.
Voicing Stories.
Creative Thinking.

Assessment methods

Methods of assessment vary between modules and include production work, seminar presentation, essays, portfolios and practical exercises. All of the Applied Theatre modules are examined through practice. Although students have to pass the first year to progress to Levels 2 and 3, the first year marks do not count towards the final degree classification.

Teaching methods

There are a variety of teaching methods. The Applied Theatre half of the degree is entirely practical and is taught through workshops, work based placements and productions. Drama is taught through lectures, seminars and practical workshops. Visiting practitioners from, amongst others, the Royal National Theatre, The Royal Shakespeare Company, Cardboard Citizens, Clean Break, Complicite and the Royal Court will input specialist knowledge and suggest models of good practice enabling you to expand your understanding of the field.

Structure and content - Level 3

Level 3
Level 3 focuses on preparing you for future employment within the creative industries. You are provided with an office, rehearsal space and small seeding budget to set about creating your own projects. This is a chance to pursue ideas that really inspire you. Drama modules provide you with further context for Applied Theatre work with in-depth examinations of Theatre and Society and Contemporary Playwrights. Your final semester at St Mary’s sees you respond theatrically to topical material in preparation for Political Cabaret; whilst the Stand Up Comedy module explores notions of catharsis, rehabilitation and taboo, through a practical exploration of this form. The year ends with a comedy showcase in a local pub.

Level 3 Modules are :-

Theatre and Society.
Independent Company.
Stand Up Comedy .
Political Cabaret.
Contemporary Plays and Playwrights.

Entry requirements

A Blue level programme

Whichever pathway you choose, Drama at St Mary’s gives you a unique opportunity to develop your practical skills and your academic potential. The resources on offer are not just the expertise of the staff, the theatre, studios and technical equipment, but a supportive environment which encourages and fosters the creative mind.

Drama and Applied Theatre Key facts

– New type of degree which brings together university education and drama school training
– Unique third year production company
– Offers the possibility to tour work locally, nationally and internationally
– Practice underpinned by lively debate about value of theatre in our society
– Total theatre experience including performance, design, writing and cabaret.
– Available as a Single Honours Programme

Thursday, 30 July 2009

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