ATS2811 - Theatre and performance: Theory and practice 1 - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Centre for Theatre and Performance

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Stacy Holman Jones


Professor Stacy Holman Jones

Unit guides



  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)


ATS1189 and ATS1190 or ATS1287 and ATS1288.


This practical, performance-based unit investigates the processes of making and theorising performance. Students will learn theories of theatre and performance and then integrate those theories in practical work. Students can focus on different areas of theatre making, including performing, creative technical skills (including lighting, design, sound and stage management), and dramaturgical explorations. This unit enables students to produce self-initiated performance work in creative teams. Students will gain tools and strategies for team working, for production management, and for documenting and evaluating their own work and that of others. As well as practical projects, students will undertake readings, presentations, and work on performance documentation to demonstrate their integration of the theories of performance into their practical research.


Upon successful completion of the unit, students will be able to:

  1. explain the relationship between theory and practice in performance and apply it to the analysis and evaluation of their practice;
  2. investigate and apply various methods and techniques of performance production to generate original performance material;
  3. apply technical solutions in a number of elements of performance through theoretical analysis and practical realisation;
  4. contribute to group projects with ethical behaviour, accountability and recognition of the cultural context of their practice;
  5. engage with current industry practice in contemporary performance and apply current safety standards and practice to performance projects.


Within semester assessment: 100%

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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