THM201 Devised Performance 1 (8)

This subject develops students' skills for creating and facilitating live performances in site specific contexts. It introduces students to Australian and international trends in contemporary circus, new vaudeville and special event performance. Students research and devise multiple performances in designated non-theatre venues. Additionally, each participant assumes responsibility for technical production in each performance. 

Subject Outlines
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No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2018.

Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Communication and Creative Industries

Enrolment Restrictions

This subject is available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Theatre Media and Bachelor of Communication (Theatre Media) courses
This subject is not available to students who have completed subject THM208

Assumed Knowledge

THM109, THM110

Subject Relationships

THM208 This subject replaces the first half of THM208
THM209 This subject is designed to complement THM209.

Incompatible Subjects


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 and facilitate a training practice for performance preparation; and
  • be able to research, analyse and execute theatre-making processes.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Theories of creative processes
  • Introduction to devised traditions including contemporary circus, new vaudeville and special event performance
  • Theatre as a tool for social commentary
  • Story structure, play, improvisation and task-based devising for character
  • Ensemble training, rehearsal, production skills and planning for public performances
  • Audience and setting research and preparation

Special Resources

This subject requires access to the authentic learning spaces available through the School of Communication and Creative Industries at Bathurst campus. These include the Ponton Theatre and the production building 1454.


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.