ACT312 Contemporary Performance (8)

This subject introduces students to contemporary performance practices from a theoretical and practical perspective. The subject uses a thematic approach to analyse performance concepts including: postmodern performance, the body as text, post-dramatic theatre and the space and place of performance. Students engage in critical discussion and reflection about the work of leading practitioners and apply their understanding of concepts by creating their own thematic mediated performance.


Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Bathurst Campus
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: ACT312. 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 some knowledge of theatrical and drama conventions.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to identify and explore theories and practices of contemporary performance;
  • be able to analyse the performance methods of leading practitioners;
  • be able to apply theories of performance to creative practice using mediated forms; and
  • be able to research and facilitate seminars in contemporary performance.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Radical concepts: Influences and concepts of performance
  • Body Works: An examination of the body as text in physical theatre
  • Hybrid performances: Post dramatic approaches to text
  • Spaces of Engagement: An exploration of festival, online and site-specific performance
  • Creating a mediated performance

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of ACT312 in Session 2 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Weekly journal
Practitioner presentations
Director's project research report

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.