dra2moa modern drama




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 15 credit points of first year drama.


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.

Learning resources


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

Rehearsal, editing, staging choices
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Creative Problem-solving(Creative Problem-solving)

02. Write a critique of a theatre production

Theatre critique
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Critical Thinking(Critical Thinking)

03. Write a research essay

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

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

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

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2015, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorPeta Tait

Class requirements

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

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


Assessment elementComments%ILO*
Classwork tests (400 words equivalent)1002, 04
Essay (2000 words)5001, 03, 04
Group presentation (equivalent 800 words)2002
Theatre Critique (800 words)2003, 04