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THT3003 Dramaturgy and Dramatic Responsibility

Units : 1
School or Department : School of Creative Arts
Grading basis : Graded
Course fee schedule : https://www.unisq.edu.au/current-students/administration/fees/fee-schedules
Version produced : 24 September 2023


Pre-requisite: THT1001 and THT1002


Dramaturgical and textual analysis are essential for all theatre-makers in order to ground their practice in the ways in which dramatic text might create a fictional world on stage, or on film. This course provides advanced exploration of the role of dramaturgy at the service of the dramatic text. Dramatic responsibility refers to how theatre-makers create the fictional “world of the play” according to the playwright’s instructions, or not. Historical performance theory, from Aristotle to Peta Tait will be used to align students to dramaturgical processes and the dramatic responsibility of translating written text into performance text.

Using historical and modern theories on performance theory, this course brings students back to the text and its potential for being at the centre of the production process. However, placing the text at the centre of theatrical practice can reduce the innovation of the text and deny critical agency of the static text and live performance. Historical dramatic analysis (including political and social contexts), performance theory and the process of critical dramaturgy will be linked to the practice of theatre-making in order to students to explore advanced ethical responsibilities around the use and embodiment of a text on stage. Indigenous, queer, and female absences will be explored in practice. The debates around the effects of liveness and mediatisation in theatre practice will also illuminate how dramaturgical practice and dramatic analysis interconnect.

Course offers

Study period Mode Campus
Semester 1, 2023 On-campus Toowoomba
Semester 1, 2023 Online
Date printed 24 September 2023