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ACT110 Masked Theatre (8)


A cross-cultural survey examining modelling techniques, and uses of the mask as a focus for social communication. A critical examination of twentieth century training regimes and performance theory is integrated with physical training and studio improvisations which are aimed at engaging the necessary skills and in-role perceptions for masked performance. Various materials and methods of construction are examined. Each participant will create an original full-face mask.

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Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Communication and Creative Industries

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
- be able to demonstrate a sophisticated intellectual and
kinesthetic understanding of physical expressiveness: including
Laban's Qualities of Effort, "elemental" energies,
and "neutrality" as tools for developing masked performances.
- be able to articulate and demonstrate the mimological base which
informs mask performance.
- be able to apply these understandings in the creation of an
original end-of-session masked performance.


The subject will cover the following topics:
- A visual history of masked performance: from primitive magico- religious ceremonies to the rituals and theatre of the ancient, through the commedia dell'arte, to the present day. - Aspects of post-1960 alternative theatre practices: their relation to theories concerned with the uses of theatre for developing critical awareness and social comment. - Techniques of mask construction: face moulds, positive and negative moulds, paper mache and latex. - An exploration of character will be engaged through improvisation: using metaphysical, neutral, Basel, larval, and animal masks, as well as expressive characters masks, noses and commedia dell'arte half-masks. - Scenario, scripted and improvisational work will be rehearsed to performance level. - Emphasis is placed on developing the player/communicator's range of expression re: levels of play, truth, and one's commitment to craft.


The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 23 February 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.