Undergraduate Units of Study

PRFM3603 - Playing Politics

Semester 1, 2013  |  Credit Points: 6

Coordinator: Paul Gregory Dwyer


Many theatre practitioners and performance artists have sought to make their work an explicit cultural intervention into movements of social and political change. Here we will critique in detail, and to some extent explore practically, the strategies adopted by a number of key artists and companies, both past and present: from Brecht to Boal, from 'community theatre' to 'contemporary performance'. We will also consider the way protest actions and, indeed, mainstream processes of parliamentary democracy appear to have become increasingly theatricalised.


1x500wd equivalent tutorial and reading tasks (10%), 1x2000wd essay (50%), 1x2000wd contribution towards a group research dossier (40%)


Selected readings available from the University Copy Centre


1x3-hr seminar/week


(PRFM2601 and PRFM2602) or (PRFM2001 and PRFM2002)


PRFM3015, PRFM3026


  10am 11am 12pm 1pm 2pm 3pm 4pm 5pm





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