Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitCentre for Theatre and Performance
OfferedClayton Second semester 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Fiona Gregory


Previously coded DTS1002


Performance in Context II is the companion unit to Performance in Context I, both of which function as foundational units in the Drama and Theatre Studies 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 Drama and Theatre Studies
  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.


Essay (1250 words): 30%
Group presentation and report (1250 words): 30%
Examination (2 hours): 40%

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

One 1-hour lecture and one 1-hour tutorial per week

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


ATS1287 Performance in Context I, or with permission of coordinator