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|
|Teaching period||First Semester|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$904.05|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$3,954.75|
- THEA 122
- Schedule C
- Arts and Music
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- 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.
- 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.
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- 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.