1 x 1-hour lecture weekly
1 x 1-hour seminar weekly
1 x 2-hour film screening weekly
1 Admission into BA-Bachelor of Arts
1a Admission into BEDECBA-Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood), Bachelor of Arts
1b Admission into BEDMSSBA-B Education (Middle & Secondary Schooling), B Arts
1c Admission into BEDMSSBHS-B Education (Middle & Secondary Schooling), B Health Sciences
1d Admission into BEDPRBA-Bachelor of Education (Primary), Bachelor of Arts
1e Admission into BEDSBA-Bachelor of Education (Secondary), Bachelor of Arts
1f Admission into BEDSBHS-Bachelor of Education (Secondary), Bachelor of Health Sciences
1g Admission into BAGIS-Bachelor of Applied Geographical Information Systems
1h Admission into BCACW-Bachelor of Creative Arts (Creative Writing)
1i Admission into BCADM-Bachelor of Creative Arts (Digital Media)
1j Admission into BCADR-Bachelor of Creative Arts (Drama)
1k Admission into BCASC-Bachelor of Creative Arts (Screen)
1l Admission into BMEDIAA-Bachelor of Media Arts
1m Admission into BAHA-Bachelor of Arts - Enhanced Program for High Achievers
1n Admission into BCACD-Bachelor of Creative Arts (Costume Design)
2 9 units of second level DRAM topics
Must Satisfy: ((1 or 1a or 1b or 1c or 1d or 1e or 1f or 1g or 1h or 1i or 1j or 1k or 1l or 1m or 1n) and 2)
Enrolment not permitted
DRAM2006 has been successfully completed
Topic description

This topic is concerned with the emergence of postmodern theatre since the 1950s. This includes a study of some of the major stylists, theorists and practitioners in Europe, the United States and the United Kingdom. This topic will examine theories of postmodern and postdramatic theatre, discuss landmark productions and evaluate the ensuing critical debates.

Educational aims

This topic aims to:

  • Introduce a range of historically and stylistically significant 20th Century landmark performances and demonstrate their implications for subsequent theatrical development
  • Introduce a range of key postmodern and postdramatic theorists, stylists and practitioners in Europe, the United States and the United Kingdom from 1950 to now
  • Provide students with the opportunity to develop an historical perspective by recognising, articulating and evaluating these theories and performances in the light of current theatre practice
  • Develop students' ability to think, speak and write about performance in a critically engaged, aesthetically informed and ethically responsive manner
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Discuss the set theatrical texts and their landmark presentations and have an understanding of their significance in relation to the recent history of drama and, in particular, the emerging concept of the director
  2. Apply appropriate aesthetic criteria and historical perspective in analysing performances and the cultural contexts from which they have come
  3. Demonstrate an ability to contribute to group discussion and respond constructively
  4. Demonstrate an ability to research, formulate and present seminar papers and essays in a clear, coherent and confident manner