This course offers you valuable experiences of working as a small-scale touring performance company alongside your individual professional development in a chosen area of performance practice. You will deepen your knowledge and skills working collaboratively on a major performance project, and through engaging with practice as research. You will also work individually, with guidance, towards the realisation of an independent creative project. Using the research gathered through a related case study, this project will explore an individually focussed area of performance practice. The aim of this course is to not only to ensure that you develop practical performance skills to a high level, but that you are also able to plan, design and create your own work within the wider context of the performance industries.
Practice as Research MDH001
This module will take one focussed and specific area of performance practice which will be investigated using practice as research methodologies. Working collaboratively as a group you will explore, examine and critically analyse an identified area of performance through engagement with practice. Examples of a focussed area of practice include, the investigation into a specific aspect of a performance genre such as Postmodernism, Post Dramatic, or a focussed analysis of specific acting techniques - Stanislavskian, Grotowskian etc., or an exploration of a particular performance form - improvisation, commedia dell’arte, etc. The module culminates in a research symposium, where you will present your findings, and a research paper contextualising the area of focussed practice.
Individual Case Study MDH002
Based on your chosen area of performance practice for the Independent Creative Project module, you will carry out theoretical and practical research into a particular practitioner or company which relates to your individual vocational interests. Exploring research methods, academic skills, and looking at key conceptual frameworks you will be guided in identifying a suitable mode of research depending on the particular practitioner or performance company being examined. By carrying out a detailed analysis through this case study, you will apply your practical and theoretical findings to the development of your Independent Creative Project.
Performance Making Project MDH003
Drawing on the knowledge and skills gained from other relevant modules, this module will develop and extend your skills and knowledge in performance making. As a performance company, you will work together with your group to consider and contribute to the preparation and realisation of a major performance production to a public audience. Under the direction of a tutor or visiting director, you will negotiate your role within the process, taking into account individual areas of expertise and developmental needs. You will document the process through a range of means, and share the results of your reflections in an analytical report.
Independent Creative Project MDH004
Drawing on the research carried out for the Individual Case Study, this module provides you with the opportunity to engage with a particular area of performance practice, and to produce work relevant to your individual vocational interests. You will plan, explore and create a significant piece of work which reflects current performance practice. Previous projects have included: solo performance project, ensemble-based performance production, performance writing, creating a mediatised performance project, development of an acting portfolio, the planning and delivery of a series of workshops to a targeted group, and researching techniques in drama therapy and the development of an exploratory workshop.