Playing Politics (PRFM3603)

UNIT OF STUDY

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.

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Classes

1x3-hr seminar/week

Assessment

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

Faculty/department permission required?

No

Unit of study rules

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

PRFM2601 and PRFM2602

Prohibitions

PRFM3026, PRFM3015

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