• 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
  • Mode of delivery In Person

This course focuses on embodying the dramatic text. In workshops, students will use practice-as-research methods to explore how elements of staging—space, movement, voice, and relationship with audience—make meaning in drama. This will culminate in a performance show-case. In seminars students will present case studies of one of the following: play-writing, direction and rehearsal process, acting, elements of stage design, or reviewing, to deepen their understanding of the influence context on theatrical meaning. The course will develop skills for theatre and performance research as well as textual analysis, creative collaboration, rehearsal and performance.The structure of assessment will include a seminar paper, a group-work performance task and a workshop journal essay. The choice/genre of plays studied will vary according to staff expertise.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. analyse a play text to generate detailed direction for blocking and characterisation: space, movement, voice, and relationship with audience
  2. collaborate in rehearsal and performance of a scene
  3. evaluate the effectiveness of dramatic interpretation with respect to an understanding of the play as a whole and in the light of relevant theoretical and critical frameworks
  4. research a topic in theatre history using theatre archives (digital and/or physical); and
  5. plan and deliver a clear and engaging presentation on a topic in theatre history

Indicative Assessment

  1. small-group performance task (5-10 minutes) (20) [LO 1,2]
  2. seminar paper (1000 words/10 minutes) (30) [LO 4,5]
  3. workshop reflection essay (3000 words) (50) [LO 1,3]

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:

a) 24 hours of workshops (2hrs/week)

b) 12 hours of seminars (1hr/week)

c) 94 hours of independent study

Prescribed Texts

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

Preliminary Reading

Ben Jonson, The Alchemist, (Bloomsbury Arden: 2023).


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

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $3780
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $5280
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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