Introduction to Performance Skills (10432.1)
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|0.25||6||Faculty Of Arts And Design|
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|School Of Arts And Communications||Level 1 - Undergraduate Introductory Unit|| Band 2 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021)
Band 2 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)
The students will be introduced to the fundamental concepts of contemporary acting practice, as well as the history and development of acting and performance styles.
The students will be introduced to acting vocal technique. An overview of the teachings of a variety of internationally recognised voice teachers will be provided in this course, but specific training will be provided exploring the approach known as 'Freeing the Natural voice' developed by Kristin Linklater.
The students will engage in physical performance training to study the use of the body as an instrument of expression and power for performance, and will be introduced to the history of performer training and various key theatre practitioners.
Learning outcomesAfter successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
1. Recognise and explain the theories of acting, vocal and body practices;
2. Identify and discuss the practical application of acting, vocal and body theories;
3. Employ acting, vocal and physical training techniques at a basic level in performance; and
4. Apply communication skills in an academic/creative context.
Graduate attributes1. UC graduates are professional - communicate effectively
1. UC graduates are professional - display initiative and drive, and use their organisation skills to plan and manage their workload
1. UC graduates are professional - employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills
1. UC graduates are professional - take pride in their professional and personal integrity
1. UC graduates are professional - use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems
1. UC graduates are professional - work collaboratively as part of a team, negotiate, and resolve conflict
2. UC graduates are global citizens - adopt an informed and balanced approach across professional and international boundaries
2. UC graduates are global citizens - behave ethically and sustainably in their professional and personal lives
2. UC graduates are global citizens - communicate effectively in diverse cultural and social settings
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Merlin, B. (2018). Acting: The basics (2nd ed.). Routledge.
Ball, D. (1983). Backwards and forwards: A technical manual for reading plays. Southern Illinois University Press.
Stanislavski, K. & Benedetti, J. (2017). An actor's work. Routledge.
Alfreds, M. (2007). Different every night: Freeing the actor. Nick Hern Books.
Carey, D. (1998). The actor's audition manual. Currency Press.
Donellan, D. (2014). The Actor and the target. Theatre Communications Group.
Hagen, U. (1991). A challenge for the actor. Scribener.
Kohlhaas, K. (2005). The monologue audition: A practical guide for actors. Limelight Editions.
Konijn, E. A., Leach, B. & Chambers, D. (1997). Acting emotions: Shaping emotions on stage. Amsterdam University Press.
Mamet, D. (1998). True and false: Heresy and common sense for the actor. Faber and Faber.
Morris, E. (1985). Irreverent acting: A bold new statement on the craft of acting and individual talent. Ermore Enterprises.
Moss, L. (2006). The intent to live: Achieving your true potential as an actor. Bantam Books.
Barton, J. (1984). Playing Shakespeare: An actor's guide. Methuen.
Berry, C. (1973). Voice and the actor. Harrop Limited.
Houseman, B. (2008). Tackling text. Nick Hern Books.
Linklater, K. (2006). Freeing the natural voice. Nick Hern Books.
Nelson, J. (2015). The voice exercise book. National Theatre Publishing.
Rodenburg, P. (1992). The right to speak. Routledge.
Shewell, C. (2009). Voice work: Art and science in changing voices. Wiley-Blackwell.
Allain, P., & Harvie, J. (2014). Theatre and performance. Routledge.
Callery, D. (2001). Through the body. Nick Hern.
Keefe, J., & Murray S. (Eds.). (2007). Physical theatres: A critical introduction. Routledge.
Keefe, J., & Murray S. (Eds.). (2007). Physical theatres: A critical reader. Routledge.
Marshall, L. (2008.) The body speaks (2nd ed.). Bloomsbury Methuen Drama.
Watson, I. (Ed). (2001). Performer training: Developments across cultures. Routledge.
It is encouraged that students attend all lectures and practical workshops to succeed in this unit.
Required IT skills
Students will use the LMS Canvas to access all learning materials and the submission of assignments.
Work placement, internships or practicums