• Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject English
  • Areas of interest Drama, English, Literature

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 key Australian playwrights, for example Lawler, Williamson, Hewett, Davis, Buzo, Enright and Rayson 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:

Upon Successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Critically assess the major historical developments in Australian drama since the 1950's.
  2. Identify and analyse key themes in modern Australian drama.
  3. Undertake independent 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.
  6. Understand and successfully deploy a range of terms and concepts integral to Drama and Theatre Studies.

Indicative Assessment

Two 2,500 word essays (25% each) (LO 1, 2, 3, 6)

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

Tutorial contribution and in-class video-recorded presentation (25%) (LO 1, 2, 3, 6)

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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 be studying a Masters level program. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed ENGL2108.

Prescribed Texts

To be posted on the course Wattle site.


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 $3054
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $4368
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
4530 20 Feb 2017 27 Feb 2017 31 Mar 2017 26 May 2017 In Person N/A

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