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NM2701 - Writing for Stage and Screen

Credit points: 3
Year: 2014
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: School of Creative Arts (pre 2015)

Available to All Students

This subject introduces the student to the specifics of writing for the performance space and provides students with an understanding of live performance writing. Students participate in a series of writing exercises that lead to the creation of short scenes that typify a range of performance situations. Studies scrutinise the use of sound and image in the making of performance text and analyse the role of dramaturgy in giving shape to non-linear and linear narrative. Students will work in ensemble groups as writer, director and/or performer to present performed readings in-house.

Learning Outcomes

  • develop fundamental skills in writing for performance;
  • develop an understanding of the dimensions of stagecraft and theatricalisation for performance developing a personal methodology for performance writing;
  • apply fundamental techniques learned towards the realisation of a performance text;
  • develop an understanding of the reciprocal roles of playwright, performer, director, designer and audience within an historical/contemporary context.
Prerequisites: 12CP OF LEVEL 1 SUBJECTS


Townsville, Internal, Study Period 2
Census Date 28-Aug-2014
Coordinator: Dr David Salisbury
Lecturer: Ms Arminelle Fleming.
Workload expectations:
  • 13 hours lectures
  • 26 hours workshops/Seminars
Assessment: presentations (20%); one writing project (40%); performance reading (20%); writing exercises (20%).

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.