Core Module Information
Module title: Performance Workshop I: Shakespeare

SCQF level: 08:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: CLP08116
Module leader: Donna Soto-Morettini
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Screen and Performance


Description of module content:

This module is designed to provide you with the opportunity to consolidate and apply the physical, vocal and acting skills you’ve gained in the preceding modules with sustained work on a variety of texts. You will work to professional standards in a collaborative rehearsal and performance setting, which will challenge your ability to demonstrate creative, imaginative, observational and technical skills within a defined rehearsal period. The aim is to allow a sustained exploration of the work without the technical demands that a full production would impose, which may include partial or full performances of selected plays, and the significant portion of this module will be spent on Shakespeare texts. This module runs alongside and complements CLP08111, Shakespeare and the Renaissance.

The module will begin with chosen scenes of any era and this will be followed by work on extended scenes from Shakespeare. Casting will stretch and challenge each student, and the aim is to distribute casting evenly throughout the cohort, without making any student unduly vulnerable. Plays will be chosen that can provide the best possible acting opportunities and students will be expected to meet the physical and vocal demands of performing Shakespeare. Rehearsals will take place in intensive sessions and will culminate in assessed performances to an invited audience. Students will be required to assemble character profile logbooks for their main role in the Shakespeare scenes, which will underpin the imaginative work.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to
LO1. Apply and integrate a range of physical and vocal skills to develop a performance in heightened text.
LO2. Express complex thought, action, emotion and character as appropriate.
LO3. Rehearse with fellow students on your own to understand, develop and respond to a complex text.
LO4. Demonstrate concentration, imagination and technical skill in a sustained performance, and to work in a simulated professional environment.
LO5. To develop a complex understanding of the interplay of research, analysis, and creative imagination in your approach to the creation of a role.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 2, FACE-TO-FACE, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Donna Soto-Morettini
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & Teaching Methods (including their alignment to Learning Outcomes) (NB. No longer restricted in terms of characters)
Teaching and learning will take place in the form of practical classes of all the students, rehearsing in groups or individually if appropriate (LOs 1,2,3, 4). Rehearsal observation and the opportunity to discuss the work critically as it develops is a fundamental part of the learning. Attendance at all rehearsals is compulsory (unless otherwise advised) and students will be expected to contribute to the joint development of the workshop progress as well as their individual learning. In addition creative exploration in the form of design notebooks and sound tracks will underpin research and performance practice in the workshop (LO 5).

Formative Assessment:
The intense, workshop nature of this module means that one-to-one feedback forms a significant part of your learning experience in each class. Discussions and immediate response to practical performance work are at the heart of your artistic exploration of the material throughout this module. Formative assessment will be given on a day to day basis through the form of oral feedback. (LOs 1,2,3,4).

Summative Assessment:
Class participation is an assessed component in this module. Participation is assessed by the tutor who works in a small group cohort weekly and knows all the students in the tutorial group well. Student participation in workshops is assessed in terms of how they progress within the specified learning outcomes, which are transparent from the first day. Your developing skills, knowledge and understanding and your ability to work with the rest of the group will be monitored and you will receive regular one-to-one feedback from your teachers during this module and at the end of the Trimester. Rehearsals will always involve performance before the rest of the class, which is assessed in situ and immediately through dialogue (LOs 1 -5). This continual assessment will contribute to the end of year assessment. Summative assessment will be based on your actual performance in closed-audience performances for which you will prepare for the last class session (LOs 1 -5). The final assessment will rest on reports by teachers on the work of the year and this summative assessment. In addition your design notebook and soundtrack research will form part of a pattern of research and observation that relates to your practical work in rehearsal (LO 5).

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Groupwork (Scheduled) 48
Independent Learning Practical classes and workshops 50
Independent Learning Demonstration 86
Total Study Hours184
Expected Total Study Hours for Module184

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Discussion/Participation 60 1-5 2 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Report 10 5 14 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Reflective Log 30 1-5 14 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
Performance Workshop I: Shakespeare