COMM 3041 Writing For Performance

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 100895

Coordinator Sabrina Achilles Opens in new window

Description In this subject students will consider the history and theory of a selection of performance traditions including Greek tragedy, Elizabethan and Jacobean and modern drama and post-modern performance and write scripts for one or a number of media, including screen (film and television), dramatic theatre, performance poetry and song lyrics and contemporary performance.

School Humanities & Comm Arts

Discipline Written Communication

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 4 10cp

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Level Undergraduate Level 3 subject

Equivalent Subjects LGYB 4928 - Writing for Performance LGYA 0302 - Writing for Screen and Stage


Successful completion of 60 credit points of study in currently enrolled program.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  1. critique performance, both experientially and experimentally;
  2. demonstrate an understanding of a range of performance genres, styles and traditions
  3. create performance texts; and
  4. collaborate in and critically explore the process of developing scripts for stage and/or screen and or environment.

Subject Content

Content will draw from, or elaborate upon, a number of the following topics:
- Dramatic styles, including Aristotelian poetics, psychological drama (Bergson), Jacobean theatre (Greenaway), non-bourgeois theatre (Brecht).
- contemporary lyrics, rap, performance poetry.
- Postmodern aesthetics and performance.
- Feminism and The politics of representation.
- The politics of media institutions.
- Theories of the author/auteur (Allen, Luhrmann, Greenaway, Fassbinder).
- Voice and the performance text; writing for radio and video.
- Displacement of the stage as site of performance; text as performer/performing image; audience as performer, life as performance
- Technology in performance and as extended body.
- Theatrical traditions critiqued, including environmental theatre, Living Theatre, Grotowski's Poor Theatre, political theatre, guerilla theatre, ritual.

Prescribed Texts

  • A book of primary readings prepared by the subject coordinator.