Solo Acting:Composition and Performance - DRAM8950

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2022 to 2023
Autumn Term 7 30 (15) Roanna Mitchell checkmark-circle


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.


Contact hours

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

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods:

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

Reassessment methods:

Indicative reading

Indicative Reading List:

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

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1. 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;
2. Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge about various contexts (historical, ethical, and terminological) that characterise solo composition and performance;
3. Demonstrate essential skills in a rehearsal process that links training with solo composition and performance;
4. Demonstrate skills in the documentation of an artistic work as an integral part of the compositional and performance process;
5. Demonstrate cogent knowledge of current discourses of and around solo performance and the contextualisation of their own work within these contexts.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1. Undertake autonomous and independent research and creative investigations as well as develop artistic ideas in original and critically reflective ways;
2. Work autonomously on a performance project within set parameters, negotiating the various creative and administrative aspects of a performance process;
3. Demonstrate sophisticated communication skills, both oral and written, negotiating, communicating, discussing and documenting ideas, visions, critique, and argument in a coherent, productive, and effective way;
4. Exercise initiative, take personal responsibility and discipline to define, set up, support, manage and realise a project over a sustained period of time within specified resource allocations of time, space and/or budget;
5. Identify Health & Safety issues and undertake risk assessment.


  1. Credit level 7. Undergraduate or postgraduate masters level module.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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