MODERN DRAMA AND ACTING IDENTITY

DRA2MOA

2018

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject students are introduced to the modern drama of realism which dominated twentieth-century theatre. The plays of Ibsen and Chekhov and emotions of love and fear are considered and their interpretation in Stanislavski's styles of acting. This theatrical realism is compared with Brecht's plays and his ideas of acting in epic theatre. The subject is taught through a combination of theatre history, dramatic literature and some exercises in acting and staging. It investigates the social meanings of different approaches to emotions, realism, acting and staging identity.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorRob Conkie

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Either DRA1MKT or HUS1MOV or subject coordinator's approval.

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Core subject at 2nd year for the Theatre and Drama major in the Bachelor of Arts degree at the Melbourne (Bundoora) campus.

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsBrecht on theatrePrescribedBrecht, B. 1964TRANS. J. WILLETT, EYRE METHUEN .
ReadingsFive playsPrescribedChekhov, A. 1998TRANS. HINGLEY, OUP .
ReadingsFour major playsPrescribedIbsen, H. 1981TRANS. MACFARLANE AND ARUP, OUP
ReadingsMother Courage and her childrenPrescribedBrecht, B. 1983METHUEN STUDENT EDITIONS .
ReadingsThe good person of SzechwanPrescribedBrecht, B.METHUEN.
ReadingsModern drama in theory and practice, Vol. 1PreliminaryStyan, J.L 1983CAMBRIDGE UP .

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Present a scene from a modern or contemporary play in small groups

Activities:
Rehearsal, editing, staging choices
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Creative Problem-solving
Speaking
Teamwork

02. Write a critique of a theatre production

Activities:
Theatre critique
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing
Critical Thinking

03. Write a research essay

Activities:
Primary and secondary textual research; essay writing
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Critical Thinking
Inquiry/ Research
Writing

04. Write and speak about play texts - narratives, themes, characters

Activities:
Short, in-class tests and discussions
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Speaking
Writing

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2018, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorRob Conkie

Class requirements

Seminar Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Classwork tests (800 words equivalent)20 02, 04
Essay (1600 words)40 01, 03, 04
Group presentation (equivalent 1600 words)40 02