ACT225 Seeking Order in Chaos: Post-atomic Theatre (8)

This subject engages students in an analysis of major theatrical conventions and the dramatic literature of the second half of the Twentieth Century. This is achieved through the study of selected plays, influential theorists and major innovations of the period. Special study will be made of the way theatre changed in the aftermath of the Second World War and how this is reflected in the social and cultural conventions of the time. Special attention is paid to the analysis of dramatic structure, and the way in which that structure works to heighten the dramatic tension associated with the moral dilemmas which the playwright poses through the action of the play.

Subject Outlines
Current CSU students can view Subject Outlines for recent sessions. Please note that Subject Outlines and assessment tasks are updated each session.

No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2018.

Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Communication and Creative Industries

Incompatible Subjects


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to plan dramaturgical strategies for researching characters and historical periods
  • be able to interrogate the dramatic structures, literature and theatre conventions of the period as a springboard to originating and planning original creative works
  • be able to identify and discuss the philosophical and moral questions posed by the major playwrights and theatrical theorists of the second half of the Twentieth Century
  • be able to work collaboratively in a workshop environment
  • be able to work collaboratively in a an authentic performance environment


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • History of the theatre of the later modern period: representative plays and various theatre forms of the period
  • Basic stagecraft: improvisation, movement, speech, mime and mask, growth games, story-telling and drama text analysis
  • Performance training: concentration, relaxation, sensory awareness, imagination, control of physical space, emotional awareness and memory
  • Dramaturgy: teamwork in preparing an approach to dramaturgical research that demonstrates its relevance to contemporary Australian issues
  • Studio inquiry: scenario, scripted and improvisational work, rehearsal for a studio research performance


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.