ACT124 Modern Theatre (16)
Enrolment restrictions: Bachelor of Arts (Communication - Theatre/Media) (Core) Bachelor of Arts (Communication - Journalism) (Restricted Elective) Bachelor of Arts (Communication - Organisational Communication & Public Relations) (Restricted Elective)
Playscripts are studied as texts for performance. An analysis of major theatrical conventions and the dramatic literature of the past one hundred years is made through the study of selected plays, influential theorists and periods of innovation. Improvisation and scene study provide a focus for practical studio work as participants learn about the major methodological influences of the Twentieth Century, with particular emphasis upon the European innovations developed by Stanislavsky, Artaud, Meyerhold, Brecht, Grotowski, Copeau and LeCoq. Selected plays from Australian theatre are studied with particular focus on cultural contexts. Special attention is paid to periods of intensive activity in playwriting.