THM208 Devised Performance (16)


A survey of carnivalesque literature and imagery is conducted to define differences and similarities between instances of antique rustic theatre and the creation of contemporary celebratory cultural performance events. Theatre-makers develop their parading and circus skills while studying Australian and international trends in contemporary circus, new vaudeville and special event performance. Strategies for researching and developing theme-specific performance initiatives are applied as theatricalised cultural interventions amongst popular audiences in local public settings. All devise and rehearse multiple performances that are researched and designed for site-specific popular audiences. Each participant assumes responsibility for all aspects of technical production for each performance.

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Session 1
InternalBathurst Campus
Session 2
InternalBathurst Campus
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Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
Two sessionsHD/FLSchool of Communication and Creative Industries

Assumed Knowledge


Enrolment restrictions

Bachelor of Arts (Communication - Theatre/Media) Bachelor of Communication (Theatre/Media)

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to create, plan and produce devised performances for public audiences
  • be able to apply and evaluate theories of creative processes
  • be able to develop a training practice for performance preparation
  • be able to apply story structure and characterisation using improvisation and task-based devising
  • be able to analyse and apply strategies for collaboration and problem-solving in a creative context


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Theories of creative processes
  • Introduction to devised traditions from the carnivalesque, mumming to vaudeville, new circus and site-specific devised performance
  • How to use theatre as a tool for social commentary
  • Story structure, play, improvisation and task-based devising for character
  • Introducing Circus-in-education as a tool to develop communication, confidence and creativity
  • Apply and evaluate performance processes including ensemble training, rehearsal, production skills and planning for public performances


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.