Text in Action

Subject PERF90003 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

July, Southbank - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 06-Jul-2015 to 31-Oct-2015
Assessment Period End 08-Nov-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 29-Jul-2015
Census Date 31-Jul-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 25-Sep-2015

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 28 hours
Total Time Commitment:

95 hours

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Recommended Background Knowledge:

Degree in Performing Arts, Dramatic Art, Dance, Music, Education

Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/disability


Ms Geraldine Cook-Dafner


Geraldine Cook


Subject Overview:

This subject examines the relationship between dramatic styles and the actor’s voice.

Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this subject students will be expected to:

  • understand various speaking styles from a historical and cultural context;
  • demonstrate text analysis from the speaking actor’s point of view;
  • understand the application of speech structures to classical and contemporary texts;
  • devise exercises and approaches which develop the actor’s vocal ability to facilitate different dramatic styles.
  • Practical demonstration of two contrasting speaking styles in dramatic text (Equivalent to 3,000 words) - End of Second Intensive (40%)
  • Development of a rehearsal approach to the speaking of a classical or contemporary text in performance (Equivalent to 4,000 words) - End of Semester (60%)
Prescribed Texts:

Berry. C. 1992. The Actor and The Text. Virgin Books UK.

Linklater. K. 1992. Freeing Shakespeare’s Voice. Theatre Communication Inc. NY.

Rodenburg. P. 2002. Shakespeare Speaking. Palgrave MacMillan UK

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

Upon completion of this course students will be expected to have:

  • cognitive skills to review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge and identify and provide solutions to complex problems;
  • cognitive skills to think critically and to generate and evaluate complex ideas;
  • specialised technical and creative skills in a field of professional practice;
  • communication skills to demonstrate an understanding of theoretical concepts;
  • communication skills to transfer complex knowledge and ideas to their professional settings;
  • integrated the skills and knowledge from the various subjects into a coherent understanding;
  • have an aptitude for continued self-directed learning and be critical and creative thinkers;
  • expanded their analytical and cognitive skills through experiential learning;
  • the capacity to participate fully in collaborative learning and to confront unfamiliar problems, including an awareness of personal strengths and limitations;
  • the capacity for critical thinking and analysis of pedagogical processes;
  • the capacity to respond to unfamiliar problems with a flexible and innovative approach;
  • the application of advanced skills in leadership, initiative and group dynamics.

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