Performance Approaches A

Subject THTR60003 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 6 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2016.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 4 hours per week (or equivalent)
Total Time Commitment:

10 hours per week total time commitment





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Core Participation Requirements:

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Southbank Campus
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Subject Overview:

This subject consists of a critical perspective on historic and contemporary theatre practice including cross-cultural, interdisciplinary and contextual perspectives. Seminars will be based upon student class papers dealing with specific issues, together with guest speakers.

It also includes the planning of a production through all of its phases of development, taking into account the following aspects:

Organisation: pre-production planning, rehearsal organisation, production management and liaison from conception to implementation;

The relationship with the Producer: the nature of the relationship with the producing body, the financial management of a production, the demands that various styles of performance make on production and technical resources;

The relationship with the public: theatre as a public act, the demands and possibilities of different kinds of audiences, publicity and public relations.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this subject students should be able to

  • understand the nature of contemporary theatre practice and situate their own work and concerns within it;
  • relate these understandings to cross-cultural and interdisciplinary artistic practices, as well as to the political, historical and economic contexts in which they develop;
  • demonstrate skills in the preparation and presentation of seminar research papers;
  • evaluate various types of dramatic performance and the contribution of the collaborators in its realisation;
  • demonstrate an understanding of organisational structures including grant submisssions, budgeting and production planning.

Progressive assessment of class participation (20%); Presentation of assignments equivalent to 2 x 2,000 word essays the first one due mid semester, the second due at the end of semester (80%).

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Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:

On completion of this subject students should be able to:

  • exhibit extensive theoretical and practical knowledge of their discipline including relevant professional knowledge, skills, discipline and ethics as they relate to a practising visual/performing artist;
  • demonstrate capacities for artistic imagination, creativity, transformation and interpretation;
  • demonstrate practical skills in respect of critical analysis, problem solving, report writing, team work and oral and written communication;
  • demonstrate a flexible and innovative approach to the national and international challenges for the professional visual/performing artist in the 21st century;
  • work at various levels, both as an individual and as a team member, in a wide variety of visual/performing artistic environments;
  • contribute to a range of visual/performng arts environments as artistic collaborators and leaders;
  • demonstrate an open, independent and inquiring attitude towards contemporary cultural developments and new ideas;
  • critically and creatively engage with topics of cultural significance across communities;
  • understand and appreciate how the visual and performing arts connect with the broader society and contribute to its social and economic development;
  • understand their relationship with and responsibiltiy to their cultural environment and society.
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