Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This is a study of the development of Australian drama and theatre over the last 50-60 years, in the context of past and current policy and practice in the professional theatre. Students are engaged upon course-work based on a representative selection of texts from the period and Australian plays in performance.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorRob Conkie

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites 15 credit points of second year Theatre & Drama, or coordinator's approval.


Incompatible subjects DRA2AUD

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsAustralia plays: new Australian dramaPrescribedBrisbane, K. (ed.) 1989NICK HERN BOOKS (FOR TRAVELLING NORTH, NO SUGAR, THE RIVERS OF CHINA AND THE GOLDEN AGE
ReadingsAustralian women's dramaPrescribedTait, P. and Schafer, E. (eds) 1997CURRENCY .
ReadingsPlays of the 70sPrescribedBrisbane, K. (ed.) 1998CURRENCY .
ReadingsSummer of the seventeenth dollPrescribedLawler, R. 1978CURRENCY .
ReadingsAustralian contemporary dramaPreliminaryCarroll, D. 1995(REV. EDN) CURRENCY .
ReadingsContemporary Australian dramaPreliminaryHolloway, P. (ed.) 1987CURRENCY .
ReadingsThe state of playPreliminaryRadic, L. 1991PENGUIN .

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Discuss and debate aspects of contemporary theatrical practice and production, especially via theoretical insights

Research forum
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Speaking (Speaking)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)

02. Facilitate group discussion of a particular play or playwright

Group discussion following presentation
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Speaking (Speaking)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)

03. Work in small groups to present a critical interpretation of an Australian play

Script analysis; secondary reading; collaboration, planning, integration
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Speaking (Speaking)
Teamwork (Teamwork)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)

04. Write a comparative analysis of two or three (Australian) theatre productions

Theatre visits; theatre analysis
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing (Writing)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2016, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorRob Conkie

Class requirements

Seminar Week: 10 - 22
One 3.0 hours seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Classroom exercises (Equivalence 1000 words)25 03, 02, 01
Group Presentation (Equivalence 1500 words)37 02, 01, 03
Performance Analysis (1500 words)38 04, 01