VPA220 Experimental Production and Applied Theatre (8)

In this subject students research, analyse, plan and produce experimental theatrical and performative productions, public-events or projections as applied theatre responding to a range of social and cultural issues. Students are exposed to a broad survey of historic and contemporary experimental theatre-making including performance art/artists, theatre and drama in non-traditional settings, and socially engaged performance practices including the role of experimental theatre in public health, education, housing, social welfare, and juvenile and criminal justice.

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

Assumed Knowledge

It is assumed that students will have undertaken a minimum of three (3) fundamental acting, design, screen-media or animation/visualisation based subjects prior to undertaking this subject.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to critically analyse and validate various exploratory techniques and processes as a means of producing experimental productions;
  • be able to test and evaluate ideas from various perspectives (author and audience) through user testing, self-evaluation and critique;
  • be able to apply technical, creative and theoretical skills to take an idea from concept to public production in experimental and socially engaged theatrical contexts;
  • be able to describe a range of cultural, political, environmental or economic drivers that inform experimental theatre practices; and
  • be able to critique their own work and the work of their peers.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Theatre: Theatre-less theatre, theatre outside the theatre & stage-less production
  • Theatre/Production/Design: Transformative Aesthetics
  • Theatre: Postdramatic Theatre
  • Theatre: Experimental Theatre / Avant-garde
  • Production/Design: Divergent theatre, interactivity, immersive theatre
  • Theatre: Performance Art
  • Production/Design: Projection
  • Production/Design: Puppetry, installation, experiential design
  • Theatre: Against the written text
  • Theatre: Character-less performance
  • Case Studies: Theatre and public health/education/housing/social welfare/juvenile and criminal justice/social cohesion


Current Students

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Prospective Students

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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.