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NM3700 - Performance in Context

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

Available to all Students

As an ensemble students research selected playwrights and theatre practitioners whose theatrical praxis is essentially 'imagist'. Playwrights include Samuel Beckett, Sarah Kane and Suzan Lori-Parks. The subject will also include a detailed study of theatrical landscaping in the works of Jan Fabre, Pina Bausch, Robert Wilson, and Robert Le Page. Students analyse and research the theatrical dynamics of repetition, pause, silence and moving tableau for contemporary theatre projects from the perspective of the actor, director, designer and spectator. Students also undertake a production role: production/stage manager, lighting, sound, props, set, costume design or devised multimedia/video production.

Learning Outcomes

  • ability to analyse contemporary plays within a social, political and historical context;
  • ability to apply theoretical paradigms to the devised performance;
  • fundamental experience exploring the physical properties of live performance.
Prerequisites: 18CP OF LEVEL 1 SUBJECTS


Townsville, Internal, Study Period 1
Census Date 27-Mar-2014
Coordinator: Dr David Salisbury
Lecturer: Ms Arminelle Fleming.
Workload expectations:
  • 13 hours lectures
  • 26 hours workshops/Seminars
Assessment: two group devised performance projects (50%); assignments (25%); production role (25%).

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.