1 x 2-hour seminar weekly
1 Admission into HBA-Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
1a Admission into HBCACW-Bachelor of Creative Arts (Honours) (Creative Writing)
1b Admission into HBCADR-Bachelor of Creative Arts (Honours) (Drama)
1c Admission into HBCASM-Bachelor of Creative Arts (Honours) (Screen and Media)
1d Admission into GDPCACW-Graduate Diploma in Creative Arts (Creative Writing)
1e Admission into GDPCADR-Graduate Diploma in Creative Arts (Drama)
1f Admission into GDPCASP-Graduate Diploma in Creative Arts (Screen Production)
1g Admission into MCACW-Master of Creative Arts (Creative Writing)
1h Admission into MCADR-Master of Creative Arts (Drama)
1i Admission into MCASP-Master of Creative Arts (Screen Production)
1j Admission into HBCADN-Bachelor of Creative Arts (Honours) (Dance)
1k Admission into HBCAFS-Bachelor of Creative Arts (Honours) (Fashion)
1l Admission into HBCAVA-Bachelor of Creative Arts (Honours) (Visual Arts)
Must Satisfy: ((1 or 1a or 1b or 1c or 1d or 1e or 1f or 1g or 1h or 1i or 1j or 1k or 1l))
Assumed knowledge
Drama major in the Bachelor of Arts or equivalent
Library exercise.
Topic description
This topic introduces current theories, methodologies and debates in researching performance, including practice-led research. What challenges does live performance present to researchers? What is left behind after a performance is over? What are the best ways to document performance? How can performance making processes involve research? Research case studies and key theoretical readings present issues for discussion and prepare students to undertake both performance research and practice-led research.
Educational aims
This topic aims to:

introduce current theories, methodologies and debates in researching performance;

  • explore issues and challenges in researching live performance;

  • develop students' research skills in investigating, analysing, critiquing and theorizing performance practice;

  • prepare students to undertake performance research and practice-led research.
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic students will be able to:

  • demonstrate an awareness of current scholarship in drama and performance, including its methodologies, theories and debates;

  • articulate the issues and challenges in researching live performance;

  • evaluate the theoretical assumptions and methodological principles underpinning a case study in performance research;

  • formulate an appropriate research method for investigating an aspect of drama in performance or performance practice.