ATS1288 - Performance in context 2 - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.



Organisational Unit

Centre for Theatre and Performance


Dr Fiona Gregory

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2017 (Day)


Performance in Context II is the companion unit to Performance in Context I, both of which function as foundational units in the Theatre major and minor. Performance in Context II will extend students' understanding of concepts, theories and practices in the discipline. Whereas as Performance in Context I exposes students to traditions and conventions of mainstream theatre, Performance in Context II will explore challenges to convention, such as avant-garde theatre, feminist performance art, and site-specific performance. Students will create their own devised work as part of the assessment requirements.


Students successfully completing this unit will develop:

  1. Familiarity with concepts, theories and practices within the discipline of Theatre
  2. Deeper knowledge of the history of theatre and performance
  3. Understanding of the ways in which the physical conditions of performance might shape performance outcomes
  4. Ability to embody critical interpretations of performance theories and forms in practical work
  5. Capacity to articulate critical and imaginative interpretations of performance texts and processes in systematic written argument and clear, concise oral presentation.


Within semester assessment: 60% + Exam: 40%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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Chief examiner(s)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


ATS1287 or with permission of coordinator