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THT2004 Theatre and Adaptation

Semester 2, 2022 Toowoomba On-campus
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
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 2 July 2022


Examiner: Darryl Chalk


Pre-requisite: THT1001 or THT1002


From the moment they were first written, performed, and printed, classical plays (from the Greeks to the Renaissance) have been subjected to almost constant contestation and adaptation. Perhaps more than any other set of creative texts, these dramatic works have been cut, edited, abridged, modernised, and re-written for stage and screen, turned into novels, comics, games, and apps, and transformed for use in classrooms, prisons, and digital media. The study of the variety of ways in which classic dramatic texts have been adapted and re-written provides students with a crucial engagement with theories of text and performance that can be applied in their own project and creative work, and furthers develops the scholarly, critical and writing skills attained in THT1001 and THT1002.

Theatre and Adaptation involves an advanced level of critical analysis, workshopping, and evaluation of how these complex texts have been -- and can be -- extensively transformed in editorial, performative, pedagogical, and mediatized ways. This course will feature a special consideration of approaches to adapting the works of William Shakespeare and his contemporaries, arguably the most extensively adapted creative works in history.

Course learning outcomes

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

  1. research and critically evaluate the method, purpose, and scope of a range of approaches to adapting dramatic texts
  2. explain how cultural, historical and/or other contextual differences influence the adaptation and utilisation of dramatic works in different times, settings, and media
  3. apply various analytical and critical strategies to classical plays as texts and adaptations
  4. apply fundamental principles of scholarly method to the writing of essays and examinations
  5. interpret and communicate ideas in writing using the essay genre and examination format
  6. recognise and reflect upon the ways in which classical plays have interacted with, and been re-written for, various social, cultural and political contexts


Description Weighting(%)
1. Researching and Communicating Critical Perspectives on Theatre and Adaptation 15.00
2. The Classical is Contemporary: Modernising Ancient Greek Plays 20.00
3. Adapting, Re-writing, and Performing Shakespeare 20.00
4. Plays on Screen: Adapting for Film and Television 15.00
5. Adaptation in the Digital Sphere and Social Media 15.00
6. Pedagogical Adaptations: Shakespeare in the Classroom, in Communities, and in Prisons 15.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

There are no texts or materials required for this course.

Student workload expectations

To do well in this subject, students are expected to commit approximately 10 hours per week including class contact hours, independent study, and all assessment tasks. If you are undertaking additional activities, which may include placements and residential schools, the weekly workload hours may vary.

Assessment details

Approach Type Description Group
Weighting (%) Course learning outcomes
Assignments Written Essay 1 No 20 1,2,3,4,5
Assignments Written Essay 2 No 40 1,2,3,4,5
Examinations Non-invigilated Take home examination No 40 2,4,5,6
Date printed 2 July 2022