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DTS2450 - Contemporary Drama

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: Will Peterson


Clayton Second semester 2007 (Day)


This unit investigates a range of contemporary playtexts such as 'Waiting for Godot', 'Cloud Nine', 'Stolen' and 'The Birthday Party'. The subject also covers performance processes, such as theatre audiences and theories of directing and acting and discuss ideas about popular culture, gender, bodies and interculturalism. Workshops will focus on making, analysing and theorising theatre.


Students completing this unit will:

  1. Develop and manifest a clear familiarity with each text in its context.
  2. Work singly and collectively to bring information in the playtext off the page and into creative dramatic life.
  3. Understand conceptual "meaning" in scripted language.
  4. Bring energy and subtlety to dramatic interaction.
  5. Be able to discuss and analyse the assigned critical material and how it contributes to your understanding of theatre.
  6. Employ methods of analysis, reflection and judgment.
  7. Evaluate ideas, issues and concepts the student considers significant in the texts/discussion.
  8. Demonstrate clarity and relevance through discussion and performance.


Workshop participation: 25%
Short weekly written response (1500 words total): 25%
Final essay, design piece or performance: 50%

Contact hours

2.5 hours (1 x 1 hour lecture and 1 x 1.5 hour seminar) per week


A first-year sequence in Drama and Theatre Studies