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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedNot offered in 2011
Coordinator(s)Maryrose Casey


Previously coded DTS2001


This unit will examine foundational theories of theatre and performance practice in the context of current critical debates and theories. Drawing on primary texts by influential theorists and practitioners from 'western' and Asian theatre traditions across the centuries, this unit examines the ongoing ideas and dialogues about the nature and practice of theatre. The questions raised include: What is theatre? In what sense is theatre a representation? What are its moral effects? How can we know how other people respond? How is theatre and its reception gendered and/or racially positioned? Who decides what the text or performance means? How can a performance be analysed?


Students successfully completing this course will:

  1. obtain a deeper knowledge of a range of historical and cross-cultural theatre and performance theories and practices
  2. examine and analyse the broad social, political, religious, and cultural contexts in which performance takes place
  3. discover and develop their own general theories of theatre and to develop them;
  4. strengthen their capacity to understand and engage in theoretical analysis
  5. extend their effective communication skills through developing critical awareness and writing proficiency in the fields of theatre criticism and performance history.


Seminar participation and presentation (1000 words): 30%
Reading response paper (1000 words): 30%
Research essay (2500 words): 40%

Chief examiner(s)

Maryrose Casey

Contact hours

One 1-hour lecture and one 2-hour tutorial per week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study



ATS1287 Performance in context I and ATS1288 Performance in context II, or by permission of the unit coordinator