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  1. Week 1 1 item
    The Idea of 'acting': introduction and overview
    1. There is no assigned reading for this session. We will be discussing our impressions of what acting is, and what it 'means'. You may wish to refer to the preparatory work which you undertook over the vacation period, so please come with some ideas and responses.

  2. Week 2 5 items
    Working from the inside out: Stanislavski and 'truth' in acting
    1. Reading 5 items
      Extracts from:
      1. An Actor Prepares - K. S. Stanislavsky 1980

        Book Essential

      2. An Actor Prepares - K. S. Stanislavsky 2003 (electronic book)

        Book Essential

      3. Stanislavski and the Actor - Jean Benedetti 1998

        Book Essential

      4. Systems of Rehearsal: Stanislavsky, Brecht, Grotowski, and Brook - Shomit Mitter 2012 (electronic resource)

        Book Essential

  3. Week 3 6 items
    Working from the outside in: physicality and craft
    1. Reading 6 items
      1. Melodramatic Acting - Michael R. Booth 1965

        Chapter Essential

      2. An Essay on Acting - D. Garrick 1970

        Chapter Essential

      3. On the Character of Lady Macbeth - S. Siddons 1970

        Chapter Essential

      4. Feeling Without Rhetoric - E. Kean 1970

        Chapter Essential

      5. Reality of Emotion - M. Bancroft 1970

        Chapter Essential

      6. Should We Shed Real Tears? - M. Kendal 1970

        Chapter Essential

  4. Week 4 2 items
    Working from the breath: speech, language and meaning
    1. Reading 2 items
      Extracts from:
      1. The Literary Language of Shakespeare - S. S. Hussey 1992

        Book Essential

      2. Playing Shakespeare - John Barton 2009

        Book Essential

  5. Week 5 3 items
    On 'good' acting
    1. Reading 3 items
      1. The Paradox of Acting - Denis Diderot, Walter Herries Pollock, Henry Irving 2015

        Book Essential

      2. Masks and Faces - W. Archer 1970

        Chapter 

      3. Diderot - J. Roach 1993

        Chapter Essential

  6. Week 6 1 item
    Study Week
    1. Please use this week to work on your Portfolios.

  7. Week 7 1 item
    1. In class during week 7 each member of the group will introduce the performance described in their portfolio to the rest of the group. 5 minutes. This will enable the group to identify and discuss emerging themes and interests as you begin to think about your second assignment. 

  8. Week 8 4 items
    Acting (like) non-humans, animals as actors
    1. Reading 4 items
      1. Why Look at Animals? - John Berger 2009

        Book Essential

      2. The Animal on Stage - Nicolas Ridout 2006

        Chapter Essential

      3. The Player's Passion: Studies in the Science of Acting - Joseph R. Roach 1993

        Book Essential Especially chapters 3+4, pp. 93-159.

  9. Week 9 0 items
    Summative assessment: consultation workshop
  10. Week 10 5 items
    Concluding perspectives - the 'idea' of acting
    1. Reading 5 items
      1. Extracts from actor biographies: 4 items
        1. The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life - Erving Goffman 1990

          Book Essential

  11. Week 11 1 item
    1. All students will attend the Finalists Festival this week. 

  12. Bibliography 18 items
    1. Playing Shakespeare - John Barton 2009

      Book Recommended

    2. English Melodrama - Michael R. Booth 1965

      Book Recommended

    3. I, An Actor - Christopher Douglas, Nigel Planer 2001

      Book Recommended

    4. The Paradox of Acting - Denis Diderot, Walter Herries Pollock, Henry Irving 2015

      Book Further

    5. Modern Enchantments: The Cultural Power of Secular Magic - Simon During 2002 (electronic resource)

      Book Recommended

    6. The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life - Erving Goffman 1990

      Book Recommended

    7. The Literary Language of Shakespeare - S. S. Hussey 1992

      Book Recommended

    8. An Actor Prepares - K. S Stanislavsky 1980

      Book Recommended

    9. An Actor Prepares - K. S Stanislavsky 2003 (electronic book)

      Book Recommended

  13. Films on acting: some suggestions 10 items
    This is by no means an exhaustive list. Please let me know other examples you find and I will share them through Moodle.
    1. The Red Shoes - Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger 1948

      Audio-visual document Recommended

    2. Sunset Boulevard - Billy Wilder 1950

      Audio-visual document Recommended

    3. The Entertainer - Tony Richardson 1960

      Audio-visual document Recommended

    4. Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? - Robert Aldrich 1962

      Audio-visual document Recommended

    5. Tootsie - Sydney Pollack 1982

      Audio-visual document Recommended

    6. The Dresser - Peter Yates 1982

      Audio-visual document Recommended

    7. Chaplin - Richard Attenborough 1992

      Audio-visual document Recommended

    8. The Truman Show - Peter Weir 2007

      Audio-visual document Recommended

    9. The Truman Show - Peter Weir 2015

      Audio-visual document Recommended

    10. Maps to the Stars - David Cronenberg 2014

      Audio-visual document Recommended

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