ACT 2034 Voice and Movement 4

Subject Cat-nbr Class Term Mode Description Units Campus
ACT 2034 44788 2, 2005 ONC Voice and Movement 4 1.00 Toowoomba

Academic group: FOART
Academic org: FOA006
Student contribution band: 1
ASCED code: 100103



Examiner: Bernadette Pryde
Moderator: Kate Foy


Pre-requisite: ACT2033 and Students must be enrolled in Program: BTHR Co-requisite: ACT2024


The eclectic nature of contemporary theatre demands experiences and competencies in a variety of performance-related movement and speech styles. Voice and body fitness are developed through continuing training. Particular performance-related movement and speech styles are introduced. Speech characterisation is addressed through the study of dialects of English and foreign accents. Verse-speaking skills are addressed through engagement with Shakespearean text and application in projects based in the co-requisite course ACT2024. Classes in singing continue the development of voice production and sung interpretation.


On successful completion of this course students will be able to demonstrate:

  1. a development in vocal and physical flexibility and fitness;
  2. technical and creative competence in performance-related movement skills;
  3. the techniques necessary for the preparation and presentation of dialect/accent characterisation;
  4. a development in technical and creative competence in the presentation of text in performance;
  5. technical and creative competence in the presentation of ensemble singing.


Description Weighting (%)
1.1. physical fitness and conditioning
1.2. stage combat
1.3. vocal fitness and conditioning
1.4. singing
1.5. text-analysis
1.6. diction
1.7. verse-speaking
2.1. Shakespearean text
2.2. Singing
2.3. Dialects and accents

TEXT and MATERIALS required to be PURCHASED or accessed:

ALL textbooks and materials are available for purchase from USQ BOOKSHOP (unless otherwise stated). Orders may be placed via secure internet, free fax 1800642453, phone 07 46312742 (within Australia), or mail. Overseas students should fax +61 7 46311743, or phone +61 7 46312742. For costs, further details, and internet ordering, use the 'Textbook Search' facility at click 'Semester', then enter your 'Course Code' (no spaces).

Rodenburg, P 2002, Speaking Shakespeare, Methuen, London.


Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.

Other materials to be purchased as for ACT1031

Berry, C 1993, The actor and the text, Harrap, London.
(rev. edn)

Craig, D 1990, On singing onstage, Applause, New York.

Linklater, K 1992, Freeing Shakespeare's voice, Theatre Communications Group, New York.

Molin, DH 1984, Actors encyclopedia of dialects, Sterling, New York.

Silverbush, R and Plotkin, S 2002, Speak the speech: Shakespeare's monologues illuminated, Faber, New York.

Skinner, E 1990, Speak with distinction, Applause, New York.


Assessment 5.00
Others 120.00
Private Study 30.00


Description Marks out of Wtg(%) Due date
MOVEMENT TRAINING 100.00 30.00 18 Jul 2005 (see note 1)
VOICE TRAINING 100.00 30.00 18 Jul 2005 (see note 2)
PERFORMANCE PROJECTS 100.00 40.00 18 Jul 2005 (see note 3)
Further details about the due dates are provided to students at the first class meeting for the term.
Further details about the due dates are provided to students at the frist class meeting for the term.
Further details about the due dates are provided to students at the first class meeting for the term.


  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration. Missing more than two consecutive classes through illness will require the production of a medical certificate. Absence from more than 20% of course activities will result in the loss of one grade from the student's overall assessment.
  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To complete each of the assessment items satisfactorily, students must obtain at least 50% of the marks available for each assessment item.
  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    If students submit assignments after the due date without prior approval, then a penalty of 10% of the total marks available for the assignment will apply for each of the first FIVE working days late, after which a zero mark will be given.
  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of a passing grade, students must demonstrate, via the summative assessment items, that they have achieved the required minimum standards in relation to the objectives of the course by obtaining at least 50% of the total weighted marks for all summative assessment.
  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the weighted aggregate of the marks (or grades) obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.
  6. Examination information:
    There is no exam for this course.
  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Not applicable.
  8. University Regulations:
    Students should read USQ Regulations 5.1 Definitions, 5.6. Assessment, and 5.10 Academic Misconduct for further information and to avoid actions which might contravene University Regulations. These regulations can be found at the URL or in the current USQ Handbook.


9. (a) The due date for an assignment is the date by which a student must lodge the assignment at the USQ. (b) Students must retain a copy of each item submitted for assessment. This must be produced within five days if required by the Examiner. (c) In accordance with University's Assignment Extension Policy (Regulation 5.6.1), the examiner of a course may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances such as documented ill-health. (d) Students who have undertaken all of the required assessments in the course but who have failed to meet some of the specified objectives of the course within the normally prescribed time may be awarded the temporary grade: IM Incomplete-Makeup). An IM grade will only be awarded when, in the opinion of the examiner, a student will be able to achieve the remaining objectives of the course after a period of non-directed personal study. (e) Students who, for medical, family/personal, or employment-related reasons, are unable to complete an assignment or sit for an examination at the scheduled time, may apply to defer an assessment in the course. Such a request must be accompanied by appropriate supporting documentation. One of the following temporary grades may be awarded: IDS (Incomplete - Deferred Examination; IDM (Incomplete Deferred Make-up); IDB (Incomplete - Both Deferred Examination and Deferred Make-up).