ARTS2122 Performance Production 2020 // Information Session

with Director Deborah Pollard

group of nosey neighbours looking shocked and appalled
From Hello There We've Been Waiting For You, Performance Production 2018. Photo: Heidrun Löhr

Find out all you need to know about our major production!
All UNSW students welcome in this open elective.

ARTS2122 Performance Production is a practical studio-based course where we create a public theatre production in the new Io Myers Studio at UNSW. Open to all UNSW students who have completed 24 units of credit at level 1 (ie. if you are second year or above). 

Be part of the exciting and intensive process of staging a performance text with guest director Deborah Pollard, along with the UNSW Creative Practice Lab. This course offers an authentic and professional theatre-making experience, as well as the opportunity to develop analytical methods for observing and reflecting on production processes.

At this session you will be introduced to key production team and staff members. You'll be provided with general information, a rehearsal schedule and production calendar (also available below). If you want to find out more about the course and the chosen play, Rhinoceros by Eugene Ionesco, come to this info session!


If you are unable to attend this session, but would like further information, please email the course convenor Meg Mumford ( after Thursday 3 October. 


The course officially sits within Term 1 but begins before term. In 2020 it will run from 20 January to 29 February. The first four weeks are full-time rehearsals, 9.30am - 5.30pm. The fifth week is evening technical rehearsals with a Saturday dress rehearsal. The final week is evening performances, including a Saturday matinee performance and bump out.  


Enrolment opens at the same time as all 2020 Term 1 courses.

Please note, student numbers in the course are capped. If you find the course is full when you go to enrol, please contact the course convener, Meg Mumford ( who can put your name and contact details on the reserve list. There's a good chance we will be able to fit you in. 

Dr Deborah Pollard is a professional theatre director, performer and academic based in Sydney. Her artistic practice has encompassed collaborations with a variety of different practitioners from dancers to farmers to performers and visual artists among others. Her performance, theatre and installation works have toured throughout Australia as well as internationally. In addition to her independent practice she has also worked extensively within the Australian theatre and performance sector. She was artistic director of Salamanca Theatre Company, Hobart (1997-2000) and interim artistic director for Urban Theatre Projects (2006-2007). She also works as a freelance director, dramaturge and performer having worked extensively with Urban Theatre Projects, Paschal Berry and Anino Shadowplay Collective, Performance Space and Version 1.0 among others.

Over the course of her career Deborah has received many prestigious awards and fellowships, most notable being the Winston Churchill Memorial Fellowship in 2000, the Rex Cramphorn Scholarship in 2001 and a New Media Arts Board Fellowship from the Australia Council in 2002/3. Deborah’s extensive working practice includes leading roles in the development, co-ordination and facilitation of interdisciplinary arts labs for young artists in Australia including Splendid Arts Lab 2009, SITUATE- Art in Festivals 2015 and 2018.

Visit Deborah's website

When a rhinoceros charges across the town square one Sunday afternoon, Bérenger thinks nothing of it. Soon, however, rhinoceroses are popping up everywhere and Bérenger’s whole world is under threat. What will it take for him to stand up to the increasing menace of rhinocerisation?’

Written by Eugene Ionesco
Translation by Martin Crimp

Published: Faber and Faber, 2007

Please note: These documents are indicative only and subject to change. We will discuss them at the information session.

ARTS2122 2020 General Information
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Word Doc. General Information for ARTS2122 2020. As of 23 Sept, 2019.
ARTS2122 2020 Production Calendar
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Word Doc. Production Calendar for ARTS2122 2020


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This information helps the production team get to know you a bit before rehearsals start. It may inform how we stage the play.

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