The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020

Course handbook


This course explores theories and practices of acting and performing that focus on the physicality of the performer as the primary means of communicating with an audience. Techniques of improvisation and play are also introduced to consider persona, identity, use of the body, and the performer's embodied presence. Utilising concepts that inform creative performance, students will produce a series of short live performances.

Availability2020 Course Timetables

Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 2 - 2020

Learning outcomes

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

1. Employ physical theatre skills for several small dramatic presentations.

2. Collaboratively rehearse and prepare scenes for presentation to a live audience.

3. Apply an approach to the craft of acting that emphasises the physicality of the actor.

4. Demonstrate foundational skills in researching and writing in the field of Drama and Theatre Studies. Employ foundational skills in researching and writing in the field of Drama and Theatre Studies


Students practice performance skills developed by some of the most influential acting teachers of the past century. They apply these skills to several small dramatic presentations that are developed under the guidance of the teacher. The course culminates with a major performance where students apply the practical skills learned during the course. Students also produce a Web Page (written assignment) derived from the required readings that support the course. 


This course replaces DRAM2710. If you have successfully completed DRAM2710 you cannot enrol in this course.

Assumed knowledge

CAPA1001, or CAPA1020, or CAPA1700

Assessment items

Practical Demonstration: Directed Rehearsals -30%

Professional Task: Webpage - 30%

Performance: Performance - 40%

Contact hours

Newcastle City Precinct


Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term