Script for Performance

Subject 106-236 (2008)

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Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Undergraduate
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This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2008:

Semester 1, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable


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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 2.5-hour workshop per week
Total Time Commitment: .
Prerequisites: Usually 12.5 points of first year creative writing.
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Karen Corbett & Kathleen Fallon
Subject Overview:

This subject is designed to give writing students the chance to reflect upon, experiment with, and enhance the performative potential of their writing. Through seminars on performance studies, aspects of performance writing and practice, and in workshops, students will explore the range of skills involved in writing for performance and in developing effective performance practice in terms of their own work. On completion of the subject students should have encountered aspects of performance theory; demonstrated a heightened sense of the performative potential of writing; exhibited, in the writing and performance of their own texts, a range of skills and strategies for making writing an event in a performance space; gained an appreciation of contemporary performance practices. Students will be required to publicly perform/read the 8-10-minute piece that they have written during the semester.

Assessment: An 8-10 minute performance script equivalent to 4000 words 70%, performance/public reading of this script 20% (due at the end of semester) and class participation 10%. Students are required to attend a minimum of 80% of workshops in order to qualify to have their written work assessed. Note:Assessment submitted late without an approved formal extension will be penalised at 2% per day. Students who fail to submit up to 2-weeks after the final due date without a formal extension and/or special consideration will receive a fail grade for the piece of assessment.
Prescribed Texts: A subject reader will be available from the University Bookshop.
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Breadth Options: This subject is a level 2 or level 3 subject and is not available to new generation degree students as a breadth option in 2008.
This subject or an equivalent will be available as breadth in the future.
Breadth subjects are currently being developed and these existing subject details can be used as guide to the type of options that might be available.
2009 subjects to be offered as breadth will be finalised before re-enrolment for 2009 starts in early October.
Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • be able to access their own creativity generally and how to apply/focus it towards a particular objective (writing an original theatre/film script) and to better understand their own creative process/processes;

  • be able to use theoretical/research material to develop and challenge themselves intellectually and creatively and to develop and heighten self-awareness;

  • acquire interpersonal skills of communication, collaboration and co-operation through attention to active listening, giving and receiving feedback etc. and how to reconceptualise and rewrite from feedback;

  • learn to be open to new ideas and possibilities;

  • acquire teamwork and public speaking skills through extensive presentation of work-in-progress during workshops.


This subject is not available to students who have completed 106-091 Writing for Performance. This subject is available to Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Creative Arts students and may be credited towards a major in Creative Writing in either course. Bachelor of Creative Arts students can credit this subject to a major in Theatre Studies.

Related Course(s): Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Arts(Media and Communications)
Bachelor of Creative Arts
Bachelor of Creative Arts and Bachelor of Music
Bachelor of Creative Arts and Bachelor of Teaching
Diploma in Arts (Creative Writing)
Diploma in Creative Arts
Graduate Certificate in Arts (Creative Writing)
Graduate Certificate in Arts(English Literary Studies)
Graduate Diploma in Arts (Creative Writing)
Graduate Diploma in Arts (English Literature)

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