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Theatre in Society (EGL255)

Organisational Unit Creative Media, Arts and Design
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description This unit provides students with experience and training in a theatrical production, which engages with the community directly through context, function, and/or form. Each year the production will explore a different mode of social theatre (such as children's theatre, theatre-in-education, popular theatre, or community theatre). Through workplace simulation the students gain experience in acting, writing, direction, production, technical design and operation, artistic design, and publicity.
Unit Learning Outcomes Students should be able to demonstrate:

1. A familiarity with a range of dramatic and performative modes and an understanding of their social and cultural significance.
2. The ability to critically analyse, interpret, and produce or perform dramatic or performance texts from a range of cultural contexts
3. An understanding to how to harness the techniques and skills derived from practice-based and theoretical engagement with performance texts to explore philosophical, social and ethical issues in the public arena.
4. An understanding of collaborative work in the theatre, including the development (as applicable) of production process and/or performance skills
5. An increased proficiency in developing performance and writing skills as a means for communicating with readers or audiences across social and cultural boundaries
Timetabled Learning Activities Seminar/workshop three hours a week
Unit Learning Experiences In this unit students will read and discuss theories and examples of contemporary theatre in society. Students will respond to these theories and examples in their written assignments, while exploring them through practice in workshops, rehearsals, and performance. A production component, which offers a semester-long learning experience, explores a chosen form of 'theatre in society' (such as children's theatre, community theatre, or cross-cultural theatre), providing students with in-depth engagement with a particular mode of performance. This production offers students a deeper understanding of the theory through praxis, and the opportunity to learn and refine particular performance or production skills.
Other Learning Experiences A season of performances of the theatre in society project. The form of this will vary from semester to semester, depending on the chosen mode of theatre, and may include performances in the community (such as school incursions, performance at social institutions, or community cultural development), or performances on campus, which invite social or community groups to engage with Murdoch University.
Assessment The assessments will involve a range of activities, both written and practical, which enable students to apply critical and creative thinking to the process of putting together a practical theatre-in-society production. These activities are designed so that students can deepen their own practical performance and production skills in the context of creating theatre that is of a professional workplace standard and suitable for public performance - while also negotiating questions around the ethics, efficacy, and impact of creating theatre in, for, or with society.
Prerequisites nil
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Theatre and Drama (BA)
Appears in these Co-Majors Theatre and Drama
Appears in these Minors Theatre
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


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Dr Melissa Merchant
Professional Learning Lecturer

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2086
e: M.Merchant@murdoch.edu.au
o: 350.4.037 - Library (North), Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts

MURDOCH: S1-Internal
Dr Melissa Merchant
Professional Learning Lecturer

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2086
e: M.Merchant@murdoch.edu.au
o: 350.4.037 - Library (North), Murdoch Campus
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