Core Module Information
Module title: Classical Text Performance

SCQF level: 09:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: CLP09135
Module leader: Donna Soto-Morettini
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Screen and Performance


Description of module content:

Beginning with the challenges of Greek messenger speeches, this module will work chronologically through a variety of heightened/ classical texts. You will learn about the cultural contexts of each of the texts and will discover how to develop your performances so that they express your understanding of the specific contextual conditions that determine meaning in text. Within this textual exploration you will explore issues regarding acting and its relationship with emotion, psychology, character and how this then advances your interpretation and performance. Each assignment will require a practical demonstration of your increasing ability to find secure, imaginative and emotional connections with the written word, and an ability to bring language to life in an engaging, complex and believable way – however historically placed. It is expected that your exploration into various texts will serve as a first foray into assessing and retaining possible audition portfolio material, and to that end, you will be expected to demonstrate a firm understanding of the kinds of texts that suit your particular playing strengths and range. This module therefore forms an important basis for your work in level 10 (Performance Skills for Professional Practice). You will compile annotated research briefs that demonstrates your ability to identify and assess appropriate research resources to underpin and to contextualise your practical work. The module will culminate in a final assessed showing.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Critically apply and integrate a range of physical, vocal and acting skills to develop an imaginative performance that demonstrates ability to interpret heightened/demanding text.
LO2: Articulate a theoretical approach to preparing, executing and sustaining performance choices in the face of complex language
LO3: Work confidently with fellow students and on your own to understand, develop and respond to a complex text.
LO4: Evidence your understanding of the specific demands of complex language and style and to be able to respond appropriately to that language.
LO5: Demonstrate a developing understanding of the interplay of theory and practice in the work of an actor and to underpin your work with relevant observation and research.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2023/4, Trimester 1, 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:

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 48
Independent Learning Guided independent study 102
Independent Learning Groupwork (Independent Study) 50
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Discussion/Participation 50 1,2,3,4 14/15 HOURS= 01.00, WORDS= 0
Learning Log 15 5 12 HOURS= 00.00, WORDS= 1000
Practical Skills Assessment 35 1,2,3,4,5 13 HOURS= 00.20, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 50
Component 2 subtotal: 50
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
Classical Text Performance