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THE2006 Theatre Manifesto

Semester 1, 2021 On-campus Toowoomba
Short Description: Theatre Manifesto
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Creative Arts
Student contribution band : 2021 Grandfather Funding Cl 2
ASCED code : 100103 - Drama and Theatre Studies
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: David Burton

Other requisites

It is strongly suggested that students attempt this course after completing THE1001 and THE1002.


Throughout its history directors, playwrights, performers and designers in the form of
the manifesto have constantly and uniquely redefined theatre's aesthetic and social
function. This course interrogates the application of theatrical theory from various
historical and stylistic perspectives contained within a selection of manifestos.


This course focuses on the interdependent relationship between theory and practice as it informs theatre practitioners. Models of specific theatre methodologies will form the basis of exploration, examining specifically the ways in which theatre has been framed and defined in the manifestos of key theatrical figures such as Brecht, Artaud, Brook, Tzara, and Grotowski. Through a series of lectures and workshops, students will be encouraged to participate in small group activities in order to replicate and explore these models. The course will culminate in work-in-progress presentations to either an in-house or appropriate public audience.


On successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. examine theatrical practices related to the use of body, space and text explored by key theorists/practitioners in the twentieth century (TLO 1);
  2. develop, research, and evaluate relevant concepts through creative workshop participation (TLO 2);
  3. apply conceptual, reflective, planning and management skills required for rehearsals (TLO 3);
  4. interpret, communicate and present ideas, problems and arguments associated with the application of theory into practice (TLO 4);
  5. work collaboratively and critically in response to workshop and performance/rehearsal demands (TLO 5).


Description Weighting(%)
1. Mapping the manifesto (selections from Renaissance to Contemporary) 20.00
2. Symbolism: Appia, Strindberg, Jarry 20.00
3. Expressionism/futurism/Dada 20.00
4. Epic theatre: Bertholt Brecht 20.00
5. The theatre of cruelty: Antonin Artaud 20.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (

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Drain, R (ed) 1995, Twentieth century theatre: a sourcebook, Routledge, London, New York.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
Artaud, A 2013, The theatre and its double: essays, J Calder, London.
Brook, P 1991, The empty space, Penguin, Harmondsworth.
Carlson, M 1995, Theories of the theatre: a historical and critical survey, Cornell University Press, Ithaca, London.
Whitmore, J 1994, Directing postmodern theater: shaping signification in performance, University of Michigan Press, Ann Arbor.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Directed Study 39.00
Independent Study 126.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
CRITICAL ESSAY 100 30 05 Mar 2021
REFLECTIVE ESSAY 100 30 05 Mar 2021

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    Students must attend and complete the requirements of the Workplace Health and Safety training program for this course where required.

    External and Online:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students’ responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

    It is the students’ responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To successfully complete an individual assessment item, a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks or a grade of at least C-. This statement must be read in conjunction with Statement 4 below.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade, a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination for this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    There is no examination in this course, there will be no deferred or supplementary examinations.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Date printed 18 June 2021