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    The study of a body of modern dramaturges (playwrights, directors, theorist-practitioners) and their texts, with particular reference to the intellectual, historical and artistic context of these models, and to the conceptual vision of each featured artist.

    What makes theatre "radical" or "avant-garde" - and what, for that matter, makes something theatre in the first place? Is this a question of form or style, or can performance and the arts intervene in the major issues of time? This subject addresses these questions through a survey of some of the major innovative artists in theatre and performance of the 20th century in historical context.

    About this paper

    Paper title Radical Theatre in Context, 1880-2000
    Subject Theatre Studies
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Not offered in 2024 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $981.75
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    THEA 221 or THEA 253 or THEA 255
    THEA 425
    Schedule C
    Arts and Music
    Students who have not passed the normal prerequisite may be admitted with approval from the Programme Co-ordinator.

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    Paper Structure

    This subject is largely assessed through critical writing and/or oral presentations.

    Teaching Arrangements

    This subject is largely taught through lectures and seminars.


    Information on set readings is given in the course outline. Please contact the School of Performing Arts office for a copy of the most recent paper profile.

    Course outline

    Please contact the School of Performing Arts for a copy of the most recent paper profile.

    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
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    Learning Outcomes

    Successful completion of this paper will equip students to critically reflect upon the contextual and aesthetic history of avant-garde theatre, as well as providing them with strong skills in research, essay writing and articulating ideas in a critical fashion.


    Not offered in 2024

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
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