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Playing Text FPB236



Students must wear non-restrictive clothing and footwear.


This unit explores that ways that dramatic texts ‘speak’ as documents for performance. By exploring a number of texts, both classical and contemporary, this unit considers the range of interpretive practices that move the text from page to stage. The unit will explore 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. Students will learn to examine texts in performance, drawing out key themes, social and historical contexts, through developing their own interpretive performances.


Unit name Playing Text
Unit code FPB236
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Creative Arts and Media
Discipline Theatre

Dr Asher Warren

Teaching staff

Dr Asher Warren and other staff tbc

Level Intermediate
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Launceston 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 25/2/2019 22/3/2019 15/4/2019 2/6/2019

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

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Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of critical theory and industry practice related to the interpretation of texts for performance.
  2. Critically compare a range of texts for performance.
  3. Analyse the realisation of theatrical texts with reference to their social, cultural and historical contexts.
  4. Identify the social and ethical issues that inform and are embedded in texts for performance.
  5. Develop skills in the use of creative practice to inform the interpretation of texts.



Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
1 2019: $820.00 2019: $2,363.00 100103

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25 points at introductory level in any discipline in any faculty


Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:

FPB336 Playing text


Teaching Pattern

3 hours per week for 13 weeks


200 level:

Assessment task 1: In-class performative reading and 750 word exegesis (25%)

Assessment task 2: Performance with 300 word artists statement (35%)

Assessment task 3: 1,500 word critical essay (40%)

300 Level:

Assessment task 1: In-class performative reading and 750 word exegesis (25%)

Assessment task 2: Performance with 300 word artists statement (35%)

Assessment task 3: 2,000 word critical essay (40%)

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