ENGL3502 Making Theatre and Performance

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 option in the English and Literary Studies major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Society and Culture
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 3 elective
This unit focuses on plays in performance. It introduces students to a variety of theatre professions, genres, eras, and styles. Students attend performances in Perth and /or view filmed stage productions from elsewhere, analysing them through group discussion in the workshops and in a variety of genres associated with writing about theatre. No previous theatre experience is required.
Students are able to (1) describe a range of practitioners' roles in professional theatre practice (eg actor, director, designer, artistic director, playwright)
; (2) describe the elements of professional theatre production (eg casting, costuming, designing, acting, directing, writing)
; (3) analyse professional theatre productions in terms of the different elements of performance displayed
; (4) assess the relationship between a performance and the producing company's mission, vision, values, and audience
; (5) analyse performances using different genres of writing about performance (blog, media review, academic criticism, academic analysis)
; (6) situate a playscript within its genre, era, and style
; and (7) analyse a playscript and /or a production using appropriate theoretical, artistic, and cultural contexts drawn from independent research.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) review essay; (2) research essay; and (3) workshop participation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Kathryn Prince
Unit rules
Any Level 2 unit in the Bachelor of Arts,
permission of the unit coordinator
Incidental fees
Incidental student fees and charges are costs incurred by students as part of their studies at UWA that are in addition to their tuition fees (further information is available here or contact your Faculty Office).
Participation in this unit will incur the following incidental fee(s):
Performance entrance fees (estimated cost - 200).
Contact hours
workshop: 2 hours per week
Workshops from 9-1 on 4, 11, 18, and 25 February, with theatre attendance required outside of class on a flexible schedule.
Unit Outline
Non-standard teaching period [TS-U-1B-2020]
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  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
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