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Miskin Theatre

UAL Level 3 Diploma in Performing


and Technical Arts
(Acting)

WAYS OF
SEEING
(ACTING)

UNIT 1 PRINCIPLES OF PERFOMANCE


UNIT 2 ENGAGING WITH AN AUDIENCE

START DATE: 17TH SEPTEMBER 2018


DEADLINE: 18TH OCTOBER 2018
Directors Delivering Process: Claire Louise Portelli, Gavin Brocker, Carleigh-Ann Portelli (2018-19)

THE BRIEF
Welcome to the Miskin Theatre. This is your first assignment
brief and whilst you are here at The Miskin you will be given
one of these for each project.

As an artist your first project will introduce you to a range of


activities essential to the development and delivery of a
performance. You will take part in a range of workshops,
masterclasses and rehearsals, working collaboratively with
your director/s as part of an ensemble. You will be introduced
to a range of activities essential to the development of a
performance, and your directors will help you to develop your
oral, written and visual communication skills as this is integral
to working in the performing arts industries. You will explore
and discover how to convey a message and communicate
meaning to an audience.

As an actor it is important that you are able to look beyond the


obvious and fully explore any given stimulus. This process will
give you the opportunity to work as part of an ensemble and
explore live performance as an art form, producing a short
piece of theatre using a stimulus selected by the directors.

Inspired by a picture, newspaper, text, article or poem, you


will produce a devised piece of work lasting no longer than
eight minutes. The piece will employ a range of styles that may
include naturalism, physical theatre, visual image, humour and
most importantly tell a story that is open to interpretation.
The entire company is expected to contribute to the research,
devising and development of the final performance.

You will participate in workshops where you will gain the skills
essential to the development and delivery of a performance.
You will look at script work, improvisation, movement, voice,
and imagination and you will evidence this in your own actor’s
scrapbook. It is essential that you reflect on your rehearsals
and the skills that you are learning in your scrapbook. You will
take part in your first in house performance of, ‘Ways of
Seeing’ and you will evaluate your own and other
performances as part of this process.

Work Experience/Professional Practice: Please be aware that


you will be putting professional practice into action within The
Miskin Theatre, which is a publicly licensed professional
environment in which you are effectively an intern
being given the opportunity to
publicly test your skills and gain
creditable industrial experience.
Directors Delivering Process: Claire Louise Portelli, Gavin Brocker, Carleigh-Ann Portelli (2018-19)
WHAT YOU NEED TO DO
Activity 1
Create an actors scrapbook that is visually interesting, artistically creative and includes the following:

• Weekly Accounts documenting all workshops, rehearsals and techniques you have participated in and
learnt from.
• Discover and assess your ‘Strengths & Weaknesses’ as an actor.
• Write a weekly ‘Action Plan’ on one of your weaknesses. How will you improve your skills and keep
track of your progress?
• Your understanding of why you do an actor’s warm up, and what the different stages are.
• Write down what you learnt from your voice exercises and how you are going to integrate these into
your rehearsals and performance.
• Write down what you learnt from your movement workshop exercises and how you are going to
integrate these into your rehearsals and performance.
• Research the stimulus thoroughly using primary and secondary research and show that you can use
your imagination and creativity in how you present your scrapbook.
• Develop, share and communicate your ideas when in company discussion about the piece and
document your findings within your weekly accounts.

Unit 1 - 1.1, Unit 2 - 1.2 Evidence:


Scrapbook

Activity 2
Take part in rehearsals and devise a stage performance, which will be performed in front of an in house
audience. You will need to apply the performance skills you have developed to support the delivery of the
performance and communicate meaning to an audience.

Unit 1 - 1.2 Unit 2 - 2.2 Evidence: Observation, Digital Recording,


Scrapbook

Activity 3
Write an evaluation of the process that evaluates the effectiveness of your own and your peers’ roles in the
delivery of a performance. You will be given a guide to help you. The word count for your evaluation should be
1000 words minimum. You will also be asked to complete a survey about the process.

Unit 1 - 2.1 Evidence: Scrapbook


Directors Delivering Process: Claire Louise Portelli, Gavin Brocker, Carleigh-Ann Portelli (2018-19)

Activity 4

Conduct a discussion inside your company ensuring that all members of the ensemble contribute. Discuss the
following questions:

• What is theatre?
• Why perform?
• Who is it for?

Reflect on the discussion in your scrapbook.

Unit 2 - 1.1 Evidence: Observation, Recording, Scrapbook

Activity 5

Working in small groups of 5 or 6 discuss contrasting pieces of theatre that you have seen. What did the piece
make you feel? How did the actors communicate their ideas to the audience? What was effective? Write notes
your discussion and then write up a conclusion inside your scrapbook. Make sure that everyone in the group
voices their ideas and opinions in the discussion. Don’t forget to reflect on what you have done and talked about
in your scrapbook in a ‘creative’ way.

Unit 2 - 1.2 Evidence: Podcast,


Scrapbook

Activity 6

Research two of the following practitioners or genres evidencing your findings in your scrapbook. Compare and
contrast their approaches and techniques within the theatre they produce and how meaning is communicated to
an audience. Write about every piece of research you have discovered and say how you will use this inside your
‘ways of seeing’ piece.

• Greek Chorus
• Peter Brook and Yoshi Oida
• Steven Berkoff
• Jerzy Grotowski
• Vsevolod Meyerhold (biomechanics)
• Cirque du Soleil
• Frantic Assembly
• Jacques Lecoq
• Pina Bausch
• Robert Lepage
• Antonin Artaud
• DV8
• Complicite
• Frantic Assembly
• Gecko Theatre

Unit 1 – 1.1, 1.2 Unit 2 - 2.1, 2.2 Evidence:


Scrapbook

English and Maths: This project will include functional skills in English and Maths. Your industry requires eloquent
and articulate actors who understand how to use English and who can accurately use figures. For this reason the
ongoing development of these skills is firmly embedded inside all of our work.

Note on copyright and plagiarism: This process will require independent research. Copying from the internet and
additional sources is not appropriate and violates copyright and will be classed as plagiarism unless fully annotated
and credited. You must make your work your own. We need to see that you have an understanding of the areas that
you have researched. Copying work directly from ANY source will not be tolerated. If you quote ANY existing material
Directors Delivering Process: Claire Louise Portelli, Gavin Brocker, Carleigh-Ann Portelli (2018-19)
you must put it in quotation marks and in brackets, attributing the source and author. For example: “Copying is
cheating” (The Directors, 2016, The Miskin Theatre)
This brief is available in larger font sizes, on coloured paper and via your company site if required.

UNIT 1
PRINCIPLES OF PERFORMANCE
1.1 Critically compare and interpret activities used in performance.
1.2 Apply understanding of technical skills to support
the delivery of a performance.
2.1 Evaluate the effectiveness of own and others
roles in the delivery of a performance.

LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of this process you should:
1) Understand a range of activities in developing and
delivering a performance
2) Understand roles and relationships in a collaborative
activity.

UNIT 2
ENGAGING WITH AN AUDIENCE
1.1 Analyse the characteristics of an audience.1.2 Use understanding of audience characteristics and
conventions in presenting a performance.
2.1 Critically compare a range of alternative methods used to convey meaning to an audience.
2.2 Apply appropriate methods for the communication of meaning to an audience.

LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of this process you should:
1) Understand the characteristics and conventions of a live performance.
2) Be able to communicate meaning to an identified audience.

PERFORMANCE DATE: 8TH OCTOBER 2018

DEBRIEF DATE: 9TH OCTOBER 2018

HAND-IN DATE: 9TH OCTOBER 2018


Directors Delivering Process: Claire Louise Portelli, Gavin Brocker, Carleigh-Ann Portelli (2018-19)
TUTORIALS: 15TH-18TH OCTOBER 2018