Townsville’s first Creative Arts cohort perform to live audience

Published:12 June 2018

Townsville's first Bachelor of Creative Arts (dance and acting) on-campus cohort performing on stage in their first live audience show

CQUni Townsville’s first cohort of on-campus Bachelor of Creative Arts students took to the stage for their first live audience show last week.

Creative Arts Associate Lecturer Rob Doran, who has spent the last term teaching the students, said he was pleased with their performance.

“The students worked cohesively and met all the direction requirements for their stagecraft and performance,” Mr Doran said.

“Their ensemble work was a tribute to their efforts in the rehearsal and development process. The reaction on the night was a very positive one,” he said.

Around 70 audience members including a mix of family and friends, CQUni staff and industry guests from the local dance, theatre and arts community witnessed the performance that was held at Townsville’s Civic Theatre.

“Performing arts needs a live audience and without one we wouldn’t be able to get a valid response for the students,” Mr Doran said.

“It was great to have such a diverse audience who were kind enough to take an interest in seeing what’s emerging from the CQUni Bachelor of Creative Arts degree in Townsville.”

Eleven students took to the stage including eight acting majors and three dance majors.

“The show comprised of two, five-minute dance pieces (one ballet and one contemporary) and a 20-minute theatre piece and received a very warm and supportive response,” Mr Doran said. 

“People always say nice things after a show but there seemed a genuine appreciation from the crowd,” he said.

Mr Doran said the theatre piece was devised for and by the acting ensemble. 

“We started by exploring what themes were of interest to the actors and then applying their improvisational skills to explore those themes on the floor. From there I drafted some scenes and then workshopped them with the actors.  We then built the show around these scenes by developing applied stagecraft and technical staging skills that they have developed over the term.  From concept to production it was about 40 hours of rehearsal and development together.”

The students will perform their next show as part of Term 2 assessments in October.