VPA217 Classical Stage Production (8)

In this subject students collaborate to present for public performance production of a selection of classical plays ranging from ancient Greek to Shakespeare to Naturalism. Students are introduced to the requisite research and analysis skills to apply acting and design relative to genre in professional theatrical environments.

Subject Outlines
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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

Assumed Knowledge

It is assumed that students will have undertaken a minimum of three (3) fundamental acting or design based subjects prior to undertaking this subject.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate a capacity to act or design relative to the genres found in classical theatre;
  • be able to independently research, analyse and interpret story, character and environments;
  • be able to follow the necessary protocols for working in a professional theatre environment;
  • be able to apply fundamental principles of time management, production scheduling and to follow WH&S protocols;
  • demonstrate a capacity to work effectively and cooperatively in groups and be able to take direction; and
  • be able to clearly articulate and demonstrate a personal acting or design process.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Analysis of Classical Texts
  • Translation of Classical Texts
  • Character/environment development
  • Text analysis, research and dramaturgical process
  • Establishing an independent and personal methodology for the development of a role
  • Workplace Health and Safety Protocols for Professional Theatre Environments
  • Working within a collaborative company to professional standards
  • Professional rehearsal, production and performance processes

Special Resources

This subjects requires students to have access to specialist performance spaces.


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.