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    The study of conventions and techniques of drama and performance both on stage and on screen, using texts drawn from cinema and television as well as theatre.

    A variety of plays and films are drawn from different periods and cultures, including Aotearoa New Zealand.

    About this paper

    Paper title Drama on Stage and Screen
    Subject Theatre Studies
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $981.75
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    Schedule C
    Arts and Music

    Teaching staff

    Course Coordinator: Ryan Hartigan

    Paper Structure

    The paper is taught through lectures and tutorials.
    In lectures and tutorials students have the opportunity to perform scenes from plays studied in the paper.
    Students attend and analyse live performances.
    There are screenings of cinematic texts.

    Teaching Arrangements

    Assessment includes quizzes, performance analysis, a short seminar presentation, a group performance project, and a comparative essay.


    A list of books and plays to be studied can be found on the University Bookshop's website.

    Course outline

    Please contact the School of Performing Arts office ( for a copy of the most recent course outline.

    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Communication, Critical thinking, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
    View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
    Learning Outcomes

    Students who successfully complete the paper will:

    • Develop knowledge of a number of exemplary plays and films
    • Develop an understanding of fundamental dramatic, theatrical and cinematic terms and concepts
    • Develop the ability to analyse play texts, films and theatrical performance
    • Develop fundamental library research skills
    • Develop writing skills and be introduced to presenting their research and analysis in oral seminars


    Semester 2

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Monday 10:00-10:50 29-35, 37-42
    Wednesday 10:00-10:50 29-35, 37-42


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    A1 Monday 13:00-13:50 30-35, 37-42
    A2 Tuesday 10:00-10:50 30-35, 37-42
    A3 Tuesday 12:00-12:50 30-35, 37-42
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