ACT226 Australian Theatre (8)

Selected plays from contemporary Australian theatre are studied with particular focus on cultural contexts. Special attention is paid to periods of intensive activity in playwriting and the role of theatre in reflecting distinctive Australian cultural standpoints. Students read and critique a range of texts selected for their engagement with Indigenous Australians, class, gender, sexual orientation, and the migrant experience.

Subject Outlines
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No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2018.

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Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Communication and Creative Industries

Enrolment Restrictions

This subject is not available to students who have completed subject ACT318 as it shares similar content

Assumed Knowledge

It is assumed that students will have some knowledge of theatrical and drama conventions. 

Subject Relationships

ACT318 This subject replaces ACT318

Incompatible Subjects


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to explain and evaluate a wide variety of Australian theatre forms;
  • be able to investigate recent Australian theatre history and its place in contemporary Australian cultural and creative industries; and
  • be able to investigate and compare distinctive Australian cultural standpoints with respect to Indigenous Australians, migrant experience, class, sexual orientation, and gender.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Australian theatre history and contemporary development
  • The Australian theatre canon - past, present and emerging (including critical study of selected Australian plays)
  • Contemporary and Innovative Australian Theatre practice
  • Australian cultural alternative viewpoints including with regard to: the aged; Indigenous Australian experiences; LGBTI; migrant experience; class; and gender
  • Indigenous theatre and representation of First Nations Australians in Australian theatre
  • Non-Anglo Celtic theatre forms in Australia
  • A critical understanding of cultural, socio-economic, and access diversity in Australian theatre
  • The structure of the Australian theatre industry (theatre companies, funding bodies, training options, access and government policy)


Current Students

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Prospective Students

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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.