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Unit Overview


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.

6 points
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 elective

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.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Kathryn Prince
Unit rules
Any Level 2 unit in the Bachelor of Arts,
or 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).
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.
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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.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.