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Playing Text FPB236


How can you play around with a play? This unit explores the evolution and interpretation of dramatic texts, using the concept of play to explore the range of interpretive practices that move the text from page to stage. Working with a range of texts, both classical and contemporary, you will analyse how theatrical texts have developed historically, and how texts speak to each other within the theatrical canon. These traditional modes of textual analysis will then inform a deeper critical engagement with the varied ways that theatrical texts are interpreted and performed through vocal delivery, physical movement, spatial design, lighting, sound, and other various dramaturgical practices. In this subject you will develop skills to draw out the themes and ideas in texts, as well as their social and historical contexts through scholarly research, and put these into practice through interpretive performance.


Unit name Playing Text
Unit code FPB236
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Creative Arts and Media
Discipline Theatre
Coordinator Doctor Asher Warren
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Intermediate


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 26/2/2024 22/3/2024 15/4/2024 2/6/2024

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Learning Outcomes

  • demonstrate knowledge of critical theory and industry practice related to the interpretation of texts for performance.
  • critically compare a range of texts for performance.
  • analyse the realisation of theatrical texts with reference to their social, cultural and historical contexts.
  • identify the social and ethical issues that inform and are embedded in texts for performance.
  • develop skills in the use of creative practice to inform the interpretation of texts.

Fee Information

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
100103 $1,118.00 $957.00 not applicable $2,695.00

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FPB130 Performance Skills or FPB114 Dramatic Interactions AND FPB132 The Theatre Machine or FPB144 Movement for Performers


Teaching Pattern

On campus (Hobart and Launceston)

Weekly workshop( 2 hrs) 

Weekly online tutorial (1hr) 

In addition: Self-directed learning (3-4 hrs), Self-directed rehearsal (1-2 hrs) (9 hours total weekly).

AssessmentTask 1: Performative Reading and Exegesis. (25%)|Task 3: Scholarly Essay (35%)|Task 2: Performance (40%)
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