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THEA221 Theatre: Ancient to Contemporary

A survey of international theatre from Ancient Theatre to Contemporary Performance. The conceptual, critical understanding of plays, productions, and the formal characteristics of different types of performance.

This paper introduces students to some of the most important movements, authors and styles of theatre from ancient times through to contemporary performance. We look at not just the content of works - what is said in them - but also form - how it is said. THEA 221 is a core second-year paper in Theatre Studies at the University of Otago.

Paper title Theatre: Ancient to Contemporary
Paper code THEA221
Subject Theatre Studies
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $886.35
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,766.35

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Prerequisite
THEA 122
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Contact
mtpa@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Paper Coordinator: Professor Stuart Young
Paper Structure

This subject is largely taught through lectures and seminars.

Further information on teaching arrangements is given in the course outline, which is updated annually.

Teaching Arrangements

Assessment is a combination of critical writing and oral presentations, with the options of a) performances of scenes and b) re-imagining and rewriting of classic texts.

Further information on assessments is given in the course outline, which is updated annually on the basis of student feedback and other changes.

Textbooks

Required Texts:

  • Martin Crimp, Attempts on Her Life (Faber); also available in Martin Crimp, Plays 2 (Faber)
  • Euripides, Hippolytus, in Medea and Other Plays, tr. John Davie (Penguin)
  • Charles Selby, London by Night (eReserve)
  • Henrik Ibsen, Plays: Two, tr. Michael Meyer (Methuen)
  • Anton Chekhov, Three Sisters, tr. Stuart Young (available from Uniprint)
  • Bertolt Brecht, Mother Courage and Her Children, tr. Tony Kushner (Methuen)
  • Samuel Becket, Waiting for Godot, Grove Atlantic (or Faber)

There are also supplementary Texts for group projects.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the subject will gain basic literacy in key theatrical authors, styles, forms, and terms, as well as skills in research, essay writing and communicating knowledge and ideas.

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Timetable

First Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Tuesday 10:00-11:50 9-16, 18-22
Thursday 10:00-11:50 9-16, 18-20, 22

Tutorial

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Wednesday 12:00-12:50 9-16, 18-22
A2 Wednesday 13:00-13:50 9-16, 18-22

A survey of international theatre from Ancient Theatre to Contemporary Performance. The conceptual, critical understanding of plays, productions, and the formal characteristics of different types of performance.

This paper introduces students to some of the most important movements, authors and styles of theatre from ancient times through to contemporary performance. We look at not just the content of works - what is said in them - but also form - how it is said. THEA 221 is a core second-year paper in Theatre Studies at the University of Otago.

Paper title Theatre: Ancient to Contemporary
Paper code THEA221
Subject Theatre Studies
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for 2020 have not yet been set
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Prerequisite
THEA 122
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Contact

spa@otago.ac.nz

Teaching staff

Paper Coordinator: Ryan Hartigan

Paper Structure

This subject is largely taught through lectures and seminars.

Further information on teaching arrangements is given in the course outline, which is updated annually.

Teaching Arrangements

Assessment is a combination of critical writing and oral presentations, with the options of a) performances of scenes and b) re-imagining and rewriting of classic texts.

Further information on assessments is given in the course outline, which is updated annually on the basis of student feedback and other changes.

Textbooks

Required Texts:

  • Martin Crimp, Attempts on Her Life (Faber); also available in Martin Crimp, Plays 2 (Faber)
  • Euripides, Hippolytus, in Medea and Other Plays, tr. John Davie (Penguin)
  • Charles Selby, London by Night (eReserve)
  • Henrik Ibsen, Plays: Two, tr. Michael Meyer (Methuen)
  • Anton Chekhov, Three Sisters, tr. Stuart Young (available from Uniprint)
  • Bertolt Brecht, Mother Courage and Her Children, tr. Tony Kushner (Methuen)
  • Samuel Becket, Waiting for Godot, Grove Atlantic (or Faber)

There are also supplementary Texts for group projects.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the subject will gain basic literacy in key theatrical authors, styles, forms, and terms, as well as skills in research, essay writing and communicating knowledge and ideas.

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Timetable

First Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Monday 10:00-10:50 9-15, 17, 19-22
Tuesday 10:00-10:50 9-15, 17-22

Tutorial

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Thursday 10:00-10:50 10-15, 17-22