Solo Acting:Composition and Performance - DR895

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2019-20
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7 30 (15) DR R Mitchell







This module is aimed at developing advanced skills in the composition, rehearsal, and performance of a solo theatre piece. Students will identify a starting point, generate physical and vocal scores, and construct and act a performance score. The module will be complemented by the autumn workshop and seminar sessions of DRAM8910 Physical and Vocal Training for Actors. Students will document the ongoing work as an integral part of the compositional process and be encouraged to link training process with artistic result.


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Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 36
Private Study Hours: 264
Total Study Hours: 300

Method of assessment

• Solo Performance (10 minutes) – 60%
• Performance portfolio (3,000 words) – 40%

Indicative reading

Barba, Eugenio, and Nicola Savarese, eds., (2006). A Dictionary of Theatre Anthropology: The Secret Art of the Performer, second edition, London: Routledge
Chekov, Michael, (2002). To the Actor: On the Technique of Acting, London: Routledge
Christoffersen, Erik Exe, and Richard Fowler, (1993). The Actor's Way, London: Routledge
Carreri, Roberta, (2007). Tracce: Il training e storia di un attrice dell Odin Teartet (Traces: The Training and Story of an Odin Teatret Actress), Milan: Principe Costante (translation into English by Frank Camilleri)
Lindh, Ingemar, (2010). Stepping Stones, Holstebro-Malta-Wroclaw: Icarus
Murray, Simon, and John Keefe, eds. (2007). Physical Theatres: A Critical Introduction, London: Routledge
Richards, Thomas, (1995). At Work with Grotowski on Physical Actions, London: Routledge
Stanislavsky, Konstantin, (2008). An Actor's Work: A Student’s Diary, trans. Jean Benedetti, London: Routledge
Toporkov, Vasily Osipovich, (2001). Stanislavski in Rehearsal: The Final Years, London: Routledge
Traces in the Snow: A Work Demonstration by Roberta Carreri, Holstebro: Odin Teatret [Film] 1994
The Dead Brother: A Work Demonstration by Julia Varley, Holstebro: Odin Teatret [Film] 1993

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
- Demonstrate essential skills in the autonomous and independent composition of a solo performance process, with particular emphasis on the generation of physical and vocal scores, as well as on its dramaturgical and directorial dimensions;
- Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge about various contexts (historical, ethical, and terminological) that characterise solo composition and performance;
- Demonstrate essential skills in a rehearsal process that links training with solo composition and performance;
- Demonstrate skills in the documentation of an artistic work as an integral part of the compositional and performance process;
- Demonstrate cogent knowledge of current discourses of and around solo performance and the contextualisation of their own work within these contexts.

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