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TH2710 - Contemporary Performance

Credit points: 03
Year: 2011
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: School of Creative Arts

This subject looks at selected contemporary plays from the perspective of the actor, director, designer and spectator. Students will analyse selected plays as potential performance texts and will examine the physical properties of text through practical exploration. This will involve acting set pieces and/or providing a model for designing or directing selected plays for an imagined production.

Learning Outcomes

  • analyse Australian plays within a social, political and historical context;
  • realise the performance text within the framework of a rehearsed reading of selected scenes in any set text;
  • lead a seminar on selected aspects of the performance text that involves researching the play's production history;
  • participate in and contribute to seminar discussions;
  • explore the physical properties of texts.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to think critically, to analyse and evaluate claims, evidence and arguments;
  • The ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences;
  • The ability to lead, manage and contribute effectively to teams;
  • The ability to use and interpret different media.


Cairns, Internal, Study Period 1
Census Date 24-Mar-2011
Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Robyn Glade-Wright
Lecturer: Ms Sue Hayes.
Contact hours:
  • 39 hours workshops/Seminars
    Assessment: tutorial attendance and participation (20%); performance 1 (20%), performance 2 (20%) (40%); essays (20%); assignments (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.