Writing For Theatre

Subject CWRI30005 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

On Campus

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 2.5 A 2.5-hour workshop per week
Total Time Commitment: 102
Prerequisites: Completion of at least 12.5 pts at second year in creative writing.
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements: For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the 3Disability Liaison Unit website: 4http://www.services.unimelb.edu.au/disability/


Kevin Brophy


Subject Overview:

This subject comprises a detailed study of the principles and craft of theatre writing focussing on the production of an original play/script. A selection of theatre scripts, in various styles will be studied in conjunction with relevant critical and cultural theories. In pairs, students will deliver seminar presentations relating the theories to the plays studied.

Objectives: Students who complete this subject will be able to:
  • relate their creative work to historical developments in theatre and theoretical writing on theatre;
  • devise, draft and develop a scriptwriting project;
  • demonstrate close reading of a variety of theatre scripts with an emphasis on contemporary theatre.
Assessment: An original theatre script plus notes, equivalent to 3000 words 75% (due at the end of semester). A 30 minute class presentation (usually in groups) of 1000 words 15% (presented as scheduled during the semester), participation and attendance including workshopping, participation in discussion and engagement with tasks as set 10%. There is an 80% attendance hurdle for this subject. Students who do not meet this attendance hurdle will not be able to submit work for assessment. Students are advised to consult the following web address for details of assessment penalties which apply to this subject http://www.services.unimelb.edu.au/policy/assessment/policy/penalties.html.
Prescribed Texts:

A subject reader will be available at the University Bookshop.

Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

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Generic Skills: Students who successfully complete this subject will be able to:
  • research through competent use of the library and other information sources, and through defining areas of enquiry and methods of research;
  • demonstrate teamwork through joint performance preparation;
  • demonstrate time management, independent organization and planning;
  • communicate knowledge in oral, written and/or creative form.
Notes: This subject is available to Bachelor of Arts (Continuing) and Bachelor of Creative Arts students and may be credited towards a major in Creative Writing in either course. Bachelor of Creative Arts students may credit this subject towards a major in Theatre Studies.
Related Course(s): Bachelor of Arts(Media and Communications)
Bachelor of Creative Arts
Bachelor of Creative Arts and Bachelor of Music
Diploma in Creative Arts
Graduate Diploma in Creative Arts
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Creative Writing
Creative Writing
Creative Writing
Creative Writing Major

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