• 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, Design Arts, Creative Arts, Arts
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Rebecca Clode
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2020
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This course focuses on the embodied text: how does performance influence the interpretation of a dramatic text, in contrast with simply reading it? In order to understand the play as a specific kind of text, the performance of which both influences and produces interpretation, the course involves students in the entire process of staging a theatre production. Students perform, design, stage manage, etc., a play that is directed by English staff with industry experience. Plays will be chosen from either: (i) the canon of pre-twentieth century drama, or (ii) twentieth century and contemporary plays.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. analyse the play and its characters in relation to a) historical and dramatic contexts and b) their embodiment on stage, including through the application of theories of acting and stage production;
  2. communicate complex ideas about the play text, production and related research;
  3. work as a group/ensemble in workshops and rehearsals to achieve a collective goal;
  4. respond to direction of scenes and characters, applying different approaches to performance when required; and
  5. justify ideas and approaches to performance based acting theories and historical contexts

Indicative Assessment

  1. Major Essay, 2500 words (40) [LO 1,5]
  2. Tutorial paper, 1000 words (10) [LO 1,2]
  3. Performance assessment, length to vary depending upon play being performed (30) [LO 2,3,4,5]
  4. Tutorial presentation, 10 minutes (20) [LO 1,2]

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:

a) 48 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of combined lectures/tutorials and 24 hours of workshop/rehearsals;

b) 20 hours of group rehearsals outside class time; and

c) 62 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Prescribed Texts

This will vary according to the play(s) being staged. Readings will include both the plays and critical materials related to their staging and the study of their contexts.


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
2020 $3120
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $4800
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
4065 24 Feb 2020 02 Mar 2020 08 May 2020 05 Jun 2020 In Person N/A

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