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.

No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2019.
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details. 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
Incompatable 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
The 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 you will need to contact your Course Director. You can find the name and contact details for your Course Director in your offer letter or contact your School office.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 334 733 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2017 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: June 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.