In the first year of the course you will be introduced to a wide range of contemporary performance practices. You will participate in performance training; you will be involved in the creation of two performance productions; you will attend a number of live performances, and receive input from industry experts. Through lectures and seminars we will help you contextualise and understand this fascinating area of the creative industries. You will develop your creative, imaginative and reflective abilities through a number of process-based assessments enabling you to explore both practice and theory in interesting and investigative ways. You will be introduced to a range of research-based and academic skills. There are many opportunities to explore working as a small-scale theatre company even from the first year of your course enabling you to develop important professional skills, and providing great experiences of working as an ensemble. Individually you will begin to identify the particular areas of performance practice that interest you with the aim to explore these further during your second year.
Performance Training MDF013
This is a practically focused module where you will engage with a range of training techniques and practices to develop your abilities as an actor / performer. You will explore working with your voice, physicality, and imagination, as important principles of performance training are introduced including stage presence, awareness, focus, concentration and energy. In order to inform and contextualise your practice, the work of particular actor training practitioners will be explored and discussed. You will demonstrate your ability to engage with these practices throughout the module and to develop your practical skills as an actor or performer working individually and as part of a group. A number of disciplines and practices are explored within this module such as yoga, martial arts, clowning, improvisation, devising techniques, singing, movement training/ dance.
Professional Practice MDF014
This module encourages you to think about your own professional development within the performing arts industry – what area of practice particularly interests you? What knowledge and skills will you need to develop? What professional attributes will you need to succeed? You will have the opportunity to reflect on and consider your own individual experiences within the performance industry, identifying future goals, and creating a professional development plan. You will develop your skills in communication, and self-promotion, through the design and creation of an online portfolio and a group-based presentation.
Performance Project 1A MDF015 and Performance Project 1B MDF016
These production-based modules enable you to explore two contrasting projects, each resulting in a number of public performances. You will develop your understanding and abilities through participation in the practical and creative work of preparing two different theatre productions (or similar performance events) under the direction of a tutor. You will gain experience and knowledge of performance processes, genres and performance material. You will develop a number of skills depending on the particular performance project explored, and the individual contribution that you make to the work of the company. Examples of performance projects include: physical theatre, storytelling theatre, mediatised performance, immersive theatre, music theatre, text-based performance, devised performance.
Contemporary Performance Practices MDF017
This module provides an introduction to a range of significant contemporary approaches to performance practice. Through the watching of live and recorded performances and through research into the work of contemporary performance companies and their practices, you will begin to develop the skills required for academic study and research. You will start to contextualise contemporary performance practices through discussions and analyses of live and recorded performance within key theoretical frameworks.