Faculty of Arts


History and Performance

Please note: this is archived course information from 2012 for DRAMA 204.


This course provides a historical survey of Western drama from ancient Greece through to contemporary New Zealand. Wherever possible an element of practical work is brought to bear on each text taught. In addition a summary of Western performance history is provided in relation to the texts. Students undertake their own theatrical projects in relation to the plays that are taught, both individually and via group work. The second major aspect of this course is the full production staging of a play with either historical significance or contemporary relevance. The production will normally be directed by an outside professional with students taking all other roles: acting, designing, costuming, lighting, music, sound, stage management, publicity and so on. The production has a short public season in the second semester. To complete this course students must enrol in Drama 204 A and B.

NB: enrolment is limited to 30 students, with selection based on: 1) preference given to Drama majors; 2) preference given to Drama minors; 3) GPA with consideration given to theatre/performance experience. Early enrolment is strongly advised as an initial selection will be completed 10 December with further selection on a first-come, first-enrolled basis only if places remain unfilled.

Availability 2012

Semester 1 and 2 (full year)


Coordinator(s) Dr Rina Kim


Recommended Reading


Coursework only


DRAMA 204: 30.0 points


Any 60 points passed and English Department approval


THEATRE 201, 202, 203, 204

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