Performance: Production and Interpretation (PRFM2602)


How do the members of an audience make meaning from their experience of theatrical performance? How (and to what extent) can theatre-makers guide this process through the use of text, movement, spatial design, costuming, lighting, sound and other production elements? In this unit of study, students will attend events at a number of Sydney theatres and develop a critical language for analysing live performance. Practical workshops will also provide an introduction to theatre production techniques.

Further unit of study information


1x1hr lecture/week, 1x2hr tutorial/week


1x750wd semiotic analysis of a theater performance poster/flyer (20%), 1x1250wd tutorial paper (30%), 1x2500wd performance analysis Essay with reflective commentary on methodology (50%)

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

18 Junior credit points from subject areas listed in Table A



Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.