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AN26011BA DRAMA SEMINAR 2: AUSTRALIAN DRAMA AND THEATRE

Seminar, 2 hrs, graded

(Required course for Theatre Studies students)


Time: Wednesday 19:30-21:00 Office hours: Wednesday 13:00-14:00

Place: Studio 111 or by appointment

Instructor: Péter Szaffkó Email: peterszaffko@yahoo.com

The aim of the course is to introduce the students to the general history of Australian theatre and drama in the 20th century together with a survey of Australian history and culture. The course is a combined form of lectures and seminars and students will have to read primary as well as secondary sources pertaining to the formulation of the national character of modern Australian theatre and drama. Besides reading a number of plays by various authors including Ray Lawler, David Williamson, Louis Nowra, Michael Gow and Jack Davis, students will be required to read some theoretical and critical material on Australian Drama and Theatre. The course combines lectures and seminars, and students will have to do presentations. End-of-the-term grading will be based on this individual work and an end-term essay.
TOPICS AND ASSIGNMENTS:
15.02: Organisation of the seminar work and an introduction

22.02: An Introduction to Australia and its History 1 (Lecture)

29.02: The Beginnings of Australian Theatre and Drama (Lecture)

07.03: Ray Lawler, Summer of the Seventeenth Doll (1955)

Background material: “Ray Lawler”; Wal Cherry, “Summer of the Seventeenth Doll,Contemporary Australian Drama. Ed. Peter Holloway (Sidney: Currency, 1981), 182-188; and Rees, Leslie. “Appendix II: The Intimate Life of The Doll.” A History of Australian Drama. Vol. I: The Making of Australian Drama from the 1830s to the late 1960s [1973] (London: Angus and Robertson, 1978, rev. ed.), 410-419.

14.03: David Williamson, The Removalists (1971)

Background material: “David Williamson”, David Williamson, “The Removalists: A Conjunction of Limitations.”

21.03: David Williamson, Travelling North (1979)

Background material: Brian Kiernan, “The Games People Play: The Development of David Williamson,” Contemporary Australian Drama. Ed. Peter Holloway (Sidney: Currency, 1981), 383-408.

28.03. CONSULTATION WEEK

04.04: Jack Davis, No Sugar (1985)

Background material: Brian Crow, “Jack Davies and the Drama of Aboriginal History,” An Introduction to Post-Colonial Theatre. Ed. Brian Crow and Chris Banfield (Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1996),

11.04: Louis Nowra, The Golden Age (1985)

Background material: “Louis Nowra”; Veronica Kelly, “A Mirror for Australia: Louis Nowra’s Emblemetic Theatre”; and Peter Fitzpatrick, “The Golden Age,Australasian Drama Studies 7 (1985), 139-144.

18.04: Michael Gow, Away (1986)

Background material: Katharine Brisbane, “Introduction,” Australia Plays: New Australian Drama. Ed. Katharine Brisbane (London: Nick Hern, 1989), vii-xviii.

25.04: E N D - T E R M P A P E R



Sources and Further Readings:

Brisbane, Katharine, ed. Australia Plays: New Australian Drama. London: Nick Hern, 1989.

Brisbane, Katharine, ed. Plays of the 70s. Sydney: Currency, 1998.

Crow, Brian and Chris Banfield, eds. An Introduction to Post-Colonial Theatre. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1996

Gilbert, Helen. (Post)Colonial Stages: Critical and Creative Views on Drama, Theatre and Performance. West Yorkshire: Dangaroo, 1999.

Gilbert, Helen. Sightlines: Race, Gender and Nation in Contemporary Australian Theatre. Michigan: U of Michigan P, 1998.

Hergenhan, Laurie, ed. The Penguin New Literary History of Australia. Ringwood, Victoria: Penguin Australia, 1988.

Holloway, Peter, ed. Contemporary Australian Drama. Sidney: Currency, 1981.

Kelly, Veronica. Louis Nowra (Australian Playwrights Monograph Series). Amsterdam: Rodopi, 1987.

Kelly, Veronica. Our Australian Theatre in the 1990s. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 1998.

Rees, Leslie. A History of Australian Drama. Vol. I: The Making of Australian Drama from the 1830s to the late 1960s. London: Angus and Robertson, 1978.

Schafer, Elizabeth and Susan Bradley Smith, eds. Playing Australia: Australian Theatre and the International Stage. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2003.


Assignments:
07.03: Ray Lawler, Summer of the Seventeenth Doll (1955)
Biography: .............................................................
Scene director: ........................................................
14.03: David Williamson, The Removalists (1971)
Biography: ..............................................................
Scene director: .........................................................
21.03: David Williamson, Travelling North (1979)
Scene director: ...........................................................
04.04: Jack Davis, No Sugar (1985)
Biography: ..................................................................
Scene director: .............................................................
11.04: Louis Nowra, The Golden Age (1985)
Biography: ....................................................................
Scene director: ...............................................................
18.04: Michael Gow, Away (1986)
Biography: .....................................................................
Scene director: ................................................................


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