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||Semester 2 (On campus)|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$913.95|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$4,073.40|
- THEA 122
- Schedule C
- Arts and Music
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- Teaching staff
- 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.
- Beckett, Samuel, Waiting for Godot (Grove)
- Bertolt, Mother Courage and Her Children, trans. Kushner (Methuen)
- Chekhov, Anton, The Seagull in The Essential Plays, trans. Heim (Modern Library)
- Euripides, The Bacchae in The Bacchae and Other Plays, trans Davie (Penguin)
- Ibsen, Henrik. A Doll's House in Plays Two, trans. Meyer (Methuen)
- Kane, Sarah, Crave (Methuen)
There are also supplementary Texts for group projects.
- 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
- 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.