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Assessment Criteria/Titles

Portfolio Pieces

For each of the two portfolios (autumn and spring) students are required to write two short pieces on work that has in some way influenced the process of, or attitudes to, the staging of Shakespeare's plays -- in this country (autumn) and productions originating abroad (spring).
The subject matter could be seminal texts about staging Shakespeare or particular aspects of production that influenced critical reception, including performance spaces and the work of individual directors, designers, musiciams and actors/actresses.
The two short pieces within a portfolio do not have to be on aspects of the same topic (although they could be).
Students may choose to make use of visual materials in the preparation of their portfolios.
Each portfolio is only worth 10% of the module. In the autumn, the first short piece should be submitted to the module convenor by e-mail for feedback: Wednesday 23 October 2013 (week 4).The turnaround for this is rapid in order to help students with their second short pieces to be included (along with revised first pieces) in the first portfolios. Deadline for full first portfolio, via e-submission, is Wednesday 20 November (week 8).

The second portfolio (2 pieces, via e-submission) is due on Monday 10 February 2014 (Spring term, week 6).

First Assessed Essay Topic 2013/14

Topic: With detailed reference to one production of one play, discuss some of the ways in which the interpretations offered in your chosen production have contributed to your understanding of the play’s text.
Your essay should focus on a production of a play by Shakespeare staged by a professional company in the United Kingdom in the late 20th century or 21st century.
Your essay should be 2000 words in length.
It should be submitted (e-submission and in hard copy): Wednesday 15 January 2014 (Spring term, week 2).

Second Assessed essay

Topic: With detailed reference to one production of one play, discuss some of the ways in which the interpretations offered in your chosen production have contributed to your understanding of the play’s text and may well have influenced an audience’s perceptions of the play in performance.
Your essay should focus on a production of a play by Shakespeare originating outside the United Kingdom and staged by a professional company in the late 20th century or 21st century.
Your essay should be 2000 words in length.
It should be submitted (e-submission and in hard copy): Tuesday 18 March 2014 (first Tuesday of Easter vacation).