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ACP207 - Practical Approaches to Dramatic Text

Unit details


Commencing 2019

Enrolment modes:
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:

Glenn D'Cruz


Students must have completed two level 1 units



Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

1 x 1 hour Class per week and 1 x 2 hour Workshop per week


This unit provides students with practical strategies for reading and rehearsing dramatic texts for performance. It explicates various approaches to textual analysis with a focus on the relationships between dramatic codes and conventions and their theatrical counterparts. More specifically, the unit will analyze the dramatic elements of plot, story, character, theme and language with reference to different modes of rehearsal and actor/director relationship with reference to systems of rehearsal developed by Stanislavski, Brecht, Grotowski as well as contemporary practitioners such as Robert LePage, Robert Wilson and Tadashi Suzuki. It will also examine the strengths and limitations of these systems for postdramatic and devised performance. Students will also engage with close readings of key realistic and non-realistic dramatic texts of the last 120 years (primarily from the Western tradition of dramatic literature), and participate in workshops exercises designed to develop practical approaches to researching and developing characters for performance. The unit will also focus on the roles of the director and dramaturg in contemporary performance.


Class Presentation, 20%

Research Paper, 1300 words, 30%

Performance Project, 50%

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