The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020

Course handbook


The course lays the groundwork for a re-evaluation of performance practice. With reference to a variety of historical and cultural practices, the course will examine the foundational elements of creative performance and culminate in a practice-led creative collaboration.

Availability2020 Course Timetables

Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 1 - 2020


  • Semester 1 - 2020

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. To lay the groundwork towards a appraisal of the nature of performance;

2. To develop a basic understanding of performance practices;

3. The ability to experiment with a range of approaches that explore the relationship between form and content;

4. Foundational skills in creating, structuring and presenting a performance project.


This course pays close attention to various genres of performance, the spaces in which performances might take place, and the audiences for whom such performances are created. Students are encouraged to explore the nature of performance and collaborative performance-making through practical tutorial workshops. Through case studies, course readings and practical creative exercises students will learn about a variety of different strategies for creating new performance pieces. Lectures will introduce students to the historical, aesthetic, and cultural contextualisations of the performance works under investigation. Students are also encouraged to develop their understanding of the critical vocabulary appropriate to the discipline of drama and performance.


This course replaces DRAM1020. If you have successfully completed DRAM1020 you cannot enrol in this course.

Assessment items

Journal: Journal - 40%

Performance: Group Performance - 30%

Presentation: Seminar - 30%

Contact hours

Ourimbah and Newcastle City Precinct


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term