• 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
  • Mode of delivery In Person

The course will examine plays of European playwrights from the 19th through 21st centuries through text analysis and performance activities.  Works will be selected from the repertoires of key playwrights, for example Ibsen, Chekhov, Strindberg, Jarry, Pirandello, Brecht, Garcia Lorca, Beckett, and Ionesco. A brief history of European theatre in the specified timeframe will also be studied in the course.  As part of the programme, students will be expected to perform in a scene from one of the plays considered during the semester or to complete a project book outlining a directorial concept for a scene from one of these plays. 

The course will be delivered by lectures, informal tutorials, practical workshops and in-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.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $3180
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $4890
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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