• Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject English
  • Areas of interest Drama
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Rebecca Clifford
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2014
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This course aims to provide students with an introduction to some of the major developments in Australian drama and theatre in the twentieth century. Works by Seymour, Lawler, White, Kenna, Hewett, Buzo, Nowra, Williamson, Romeril, Hibberd, Gow and Davis will be studied both theoretically and practically. The plays chosen represent the wide range of subject matter and theatrical form that is evident in the modern Australian dramatic repertoire. In order to contextualise the plays studied, some examination will be given to more important elements of the stage history of Australia covering the last 50 years.

Courses are designed to provide students with the opportunity to study theory through its practical application.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

On the satisfying the requirements of this course students should be able to
  1. express in an oral and written form the major historical developments in Australian drama since the 1950's.
  2. identify and critically analyse key themes in modern Australian drama.
  3. undertake research to explore conceptual ideas related to Australian theatre.
  4. make appropriate performance methodology choices for performance of selected texts.
  5. apply theoretical concepts  in performance or in a written production book.

Indicative Assessment

Two 2,000 word essays (25% each) (LO 1, 2, 3)

Weekly workshop tasks and end of semester in-class, video-recorded performance task or written project (25%) (LO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

and tutorial contribution and in-class video-recorded presentation (25%) (LO 1, 2, 3)

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one 1-hour lecture, one compulsory 1-hour tutorial, one compulsory 2 hour workshop and at least 5 hours self directed learning per week for 13 weeks.

At least 6 hours of rehearsal time during the course of the semester.

(130 hours total workload over the semester)

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 12 units of first year (1000 level) courses . You are unable to enrol in this course if you have previously completed DRAM2008

Assumed Knowledge

Any two courses from the College of Arts and Social Sciences.



Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Students continuing in their current program of study will have their tuition fees indexed annually from the year in which you commenced your program. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $1110
2004 $1836
2005 $2178
2006 $2178
2007 $2178
2008 $2178
2009 $2178
2010 $2250
2011 $2310
2012 $2358
2013 $2478
2014 $2478
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $2454
2004 $2778
2005 $2988
2006 $2988
2007 $2988
2008 $3090
2009 $3090
2010 $3090
2011 $3090
2012 $3090
2013 $3240
2014 $3246
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4749 17 Feb 2014 07 Mar 2014 31 Mar 2014 30 May 2014 In Person N/A

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