Module Details

EA603-7-AU-CO: Shakespeare

Year: 2017/18
Department: East 15 Acting School
Essex credit: 30
ECTS credit: 15
Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students: No
Full Year Module Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students for a Single Term: No
Outside Option: No

Supervisor: Ms Monica Wilson
Teaching Staff: Monique Wilson
Contact details: email wilsonm

Module is taught during the following terms
Autumn Spring Summer

Module Description

This compulsory MA/MFA Acting (International) module introduces some of the most compelling, and challenging, theatrical material written in English. It focuses on the development of skills and techniques for understanding, speaking and communicating Renaissance text, with an emphasis on the handling of verse, rhythm, inflection and pace. The module also allows students to gain confidence and techniques for understanding archaic and heightened text. The module also contains a study of the original performance context of Shakespeare plays, and a critical review of experimental approaches to Shakespeare production.

Learning and Teaching Methods

10 x 3 hour practical classes, workshops and/or rehearsals per week


100 per cent Coursework Mark


Practical assessment scenes in workshop production and individual reflective actors logbook (4000 words) Weighting Practical assessment 60% Logbook 40% Students must pass the East 15 Professional Code of Conduct.


  • Crystal, David, and Ben Crystal. Shakespeares Words A Glossary and Language Companion. London Penguin, 2004.
  • Gurr, Andrew. Playgoing in Shakespeares London. third ed. Cambridge Cambridge UP, 2004.
  • Kermode, Frank. Shakespeares Language. London Penguin, 2000.
  • Rodenburg, Patsy. Speaking Shakespeare. London Methuen, 2005.
  • Shakespeare, William. The Complete Works
  • The RSC Shakespeare. Eds. Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen. London MacMillan, 2007.
  • Taylor, Gary. Reinventing Shakespeare a Cultural History from the Restoration to the Present Day. Oxford Oxford UP, 1989.
  • Recommended editions of the plays Arden Shakespeare (3rd series) (Thompson Publishing) The Sourcebook Shakespeare (Methuen Drama).

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