• 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
    • Dr Rebecca Clifford
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2016
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The course consists of a study of the major developments in theatre and theatrical writing in Europe since the middle of the 19th century through the analysis of representative plays by Ibsen, Chekhov, Strindberg, Jarry, Pirandello, Brecht, Lorca, Beckett, and Ionesco in the context of contemporary performance and production techniques.

The course will be delivered by lectures, informal tutorials, practical workshops and class performances.



Learning Outcomes

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

On satisfying the requirements for this course, students should be able to

  1. Articulate orally and in writing an understanding of key concepts and theatre practices in European theatre since the turn of the twentieth century
  2. Identify and critically analyse these key concepts and practices
  3. Carry out research to select and combine materials concerning the European theatrical landscape
  4. Make appropriate performance methodology choices for performance of selected texts
  5. Apply theoretical concepts in performance or in a production book

Indicative Assessment

2,000 word essay (25%) (LO 1, 2, 3)

examination (25%)  (LO 1, 2, 3)

workshop contribution and end of semester in-class, video-recorded performance (25%) (LO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5) and

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

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For 11 Weeks:

Four hours per week: one 1-hour lecture, one compulsory 1-hour tutorial and one compulsory 2 hour workshop.

Weeks 12 and 13 will be reserved for rehearsal and performance.

2 hours reading time per week.

12 hours rehearsal time outside of teaching time over the course of the semester.

1 performance during class-time in week 13

(130 hours total workload over the semester).

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 12 Units of GEND or DRAM or HIST or PHIL or POLS or SOCY or LING or ENGL or ARTH or ANCH or ARCH or ANTH or BIAN or FILM Courses. Alternatively you may gain permission of the Course Convener.

Assumed Knowledge

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




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

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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
2016 $2520
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $3876
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4264 15 Feb 2016 26 Feb 2016 31 Mar 2016 27 May 2016 In Person N/A

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