Course syllabus

Drama 202B: History and Performance

Course Information 2019 – Semester 2

Class Times: Tuesday and Friday12-13:30

Drama Studio, Room 325, Level 3 Arts 1 Building

Convenor/Lecturer: Dr. Rina Kim (Room 641, Arts 1 Building)

                                    Phone: 3737599 ext-87348

                                    Email: rina.kim@auckland.ac.nz

                                    Office Hours: Thursday 2-3pm, or by appointment

Course Content:

Drama 202 explores a range of major plays from ancient Greek tragedy to contemporary New Zealand drama. This course aims to study plays in their historical context and as texts for performance. We examine plays with reference to the original staging conventions and to modern productions, and introduce different film and stage productions. More importantly, Drama 202 encourages students to develop skills in the staging of dramatic texts through practical sessions. These staging exercises are designed to help students build up necessary skills for our stage production in September. This course examines a number of theories of drama, with reference to their practical applications in play-texts and productions. We also explore dramatists’ engagement with the existing genres and traditions.

 

Aims and Outcomes:

By the end of the course you will be expected to have –

  • good knowledge of the dramatic tradition and conventions and of the work of historically significant playwrights
  • gained some familiarity with theoretical debates including Stanislavski and Brecht
  • developed a sense of the expressive possibilities of different dramatic languages, such as naturalistic dialogue, poetic rhetoric, mise en scene and movement

 

Text List:

Bertolt Brecht, Life of Galileo –Also available online as an e-audio through Library

(Available Online: http://www.socialiststories.com/liberate/Life%20of%20Galileo%20-%20Bertolt%20Brecht.pdf)

Samuel Beckett, Endgame - Edition available from the bookshop. (Available Online: https://edisciplinas.usp.br/pluginfile.php/3346220/mod_resource/content/1/ENDGAME%20BY%20SAMUEL%20BECKETT.pdf)

Caryl Churchill, Top Girls – Edition available from the bookshop.

* The texts for the New Zealand Theatre Project will be announced later.

 

LECTURE AND TUTORIAL TIMETABLES

Semester 2

 

Week 1: Peer Gynt

Tuesday: Aba’s session continued -Reading+ Discussion

Friday: Auditions

 

Week 2 Bertolt Brecht’s Life of Galileo

Tuesday: Lecture

Friday: Group Work + Discussion

 

Week 3: Lighting Session + Workshop

Tuesday: Lighting Session by Nik Janiurek

Friday: Indian Ink Jacob Rajan’s Workshop. Please note the session begins at 12:20 and ends at 1:50pm.

 

Week 4: Lighting Session + Workshop

Tuesday: Lighting Session by Nik Janiurek Continued

Friday: Jo Randerson’s Workshop

 

Week 5: Samuel Beckett’s Endgame

Tuesday: Lecture

Friday: Group Work + Discussion

 

Week 6: Caryl Churchill’s Top Girls

Tuesday: Lecture

Friday: Group Work + Discussion

 

 

Mid-semester Break from

Saturday 31 August to Sunday 15 September

 

Week 7: Production Week – Peer Gynt – Yeah!

Tuesday and Friday sessions might be used for rehearsals

 

Week 8: Debrief & Discussion

Tuesday: NO CLASS

Friday: we will have a post-production debrief & discussion

 

Week 9: Introduction to New Zealand Theatre

Tuesday: Introduction to New Zealand Theatre

Friday: Class-time will be used for groups to prepare their final presentations for week 12

Please make sure that by the beginning of this week you have read The Tree, Balance of Payments, Bare, and When Sun and Moon Collide (there might be a change in one of the texts).

 

Week 10: NZ Theatre Project

Tuesday: Class-time will be used for groups to prepare their final presentations for week 12

Friday: Class-time will be used for groups to prepare their final presentations for week 12.

 

Week11: NZ Theatre Project

Tuesday: Class-time will be used for groups to prepare their final presentations for week 12

Friday: Class-time will be used for groups to prepare their final presentations for week 12.

 

Week 12: NZ Theatre Final Presentations

Tuesday and Friday class will be used for staging exercises presentations

 

Course summary:

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