ACT219 Architects of the Imagination: Comedy and Tragedy (8)


This subject introduces students to a brief overview of The Classical Theatre from Ancient Greece to Elizabethan and Jacobean England and the theatre of Moliere. Plays are examined as texts written for specific staging and production demands. Students develop and apply a variety of the physical and vocal skills required for period-sensitive staging of choral mimetic gesture and speech, mask and physical performance, especially where these are co-ordinated with the dynamics of theatricalised sound and movement.

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Session 2
On CampusBathurst Campus
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Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Communication and Creative Industries

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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to articulate and demonstrate practical, working knowledge of theatrical forms and performance traditions from classical genre
  • be able to demonstrate basic understanding of theatre aesthetics in their historical context by applying different theatrical perspectives to performance
  • be able to articulate and demonstrate a basic grounding in expressive physical gesture associated with satiric, choric, and other performance conventions of verse drama
  • be able to critically evaluate the performative implications of theatre texts from a production-based point of view
  • be able to work collaboratively in a workshop environment
  • be able to work collaboratively to create a performance that replicates an authentic style of a chosen play and period


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • A brief examination of major developments in the history of European theatre, embracing Ancient Greek comedy and tragedy and contrasting these with the practices of Shakespeare and Moliere
  • Physical gesture associated with satiric, choric, and other performance conventions of verse drama
  • Exercises in basic stagecraft exploring satiric, choric and verse performance
  • A performative exploration of the origins and contrasting nature of tragedy in the Greek and Elizabethan worlds and the counterbalancing purposes of comedy
  • Scenario, scripted and improvisational work is rehearsed for studio research performances


The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 19 March 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.