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.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Critically assess the major historical developments in Australian drama since the 1950's.
- Identify and analyse key themes in modern Australian drama.
- Undertake independent research to explore conceptual ideas related to Australian theatre.
- Make appropriate performance methodology choices for performance of selected texts.
- Apply theoretical concepts in performance or in a written production book.
- Understand and successfully deploy a range of terms and concepts integral to Drama studies and, in particular, the analysis of plays for production.
Essay One, 2000 words (25%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 6]
Essay Two, 2000 words (25%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 6]
Weekly workshop tasks and end of semester in-class, video-recorded performance task, 15-20minutes, or written project, 750words, (25%) ([Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]
Dramatic scene analysis, 1000 words (10%) [Learning Outcomes 2, 5, 6]
Tutorial contribution and in-class video-recorded presentation, 15-20 minutes, (25%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 6]
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 48 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 12 hours of lectures , 12 hours of tutorials, and 24 hours of workshops, and b) 82 hours of independent student research, reading, writing and including at least 6 hours of rehearsal time during the course of the semester.
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