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THEA122 Drama on Stage and Screen

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 Renaissance England, mid 20th-century United States, modern Britain and Aotearoa New Zealand.

Paper title Drama on Stage and Screen
Paper code THEA122
Subject Theatre Studies
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $913.95
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,073.40

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Schedule C
Arts and Music

Teaching staff

Ryan Hartigan and Dr Suzanne Little (subject to change)

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 analyses of texts (plays and films) and performances, a short seminar presentation, and a comparative essay.


Please contact the School of Performing Arts office ( for plays and films to be studied.

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.
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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

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Semester 1

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 10:00-10:50 9-13, 15-22
Wednesday 10:00-10:50 9-13, 15-22


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Thursday 12:00-12:50 10-13, 15-22
A2 Thursday 15:00-15:50 10-13, 15-22
A3 Thursday 16:00-16:50 10-12, 15-22
A4 Friday 10:00-10:50 10-12, 15-22