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ACT310 Australian Theatre (8)

Abstract

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.

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Subject information

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

Enrolment restrictions

Bachelor of Media Communication Bachelor of Arts (Communication) courses

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 critically appreciate plays as literature and theatre.
- be able to evaluate contemporary history of the Australian theatre and its place in contemporary theatre, television and film within the Australian context.

Syllabus

The subject will cover the following topics:
- Critically study selected Australian plays such as the works of Lawler, White, Buzo, Williamson, Hibberd, Romeril, Hewett, Sewell, Nowra, Gow, Rayson, Enright. - Theatre history: the Elizabethan Theatre Trust, the "new waves", the Australian Performing Group, the rise of state theatre companies, community theatre and contemporary performance. - Australian cultural alternative viewpoints including, the aged, the Aboriginal and migrant experience, class and gender. - issues of characterisation, sub-textual studies and physical theatre performance.

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The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 14 December 2017. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.