THSTS101-19A (HAM)

On Stage: Staging Theatre

15 Points

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Division of Arts Law Psychology & Social Sciences
School of Arts
Theatre Studies and Dance

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: alison.southby@waikato.ac.nz

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Paper Description

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This is a combined theoretical and practical paper.

OBJECTIVES/AIMS

To stimulate more awareness of the range and diversity of theatre in Aotearoa New Zealand, both locally, nationally and internationally.

To become more familiar with the critical/ audience reception of productions in Aotearoa New Zealand and overseas.

To encourage students to be open to and be able to recognise, and discuss, a range of theatre styles.

To develop capacity in writing critically about theatre performances and theatre styles, production elements, context and audience.

To encourage students to engage collaboratively and respectfully with each other in the tutorial workshop setting.

To develop an awareness of the principles of theatre and rehearsal etiquette and the need for these throughout the paper.

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Paper Structure

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The lecture programme introduces students to the nature and diversity of theatre styles and practice, with an emphasis on experiencing and analysing live theatre. This is complemented and supported by practical work in the Theatre Studies’ black box theatre space, the New Place Theatre. Through practical tutorials students will experience a range of approaches to performance work.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • demonstrate a critical awareness of established theatre practice.
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  • articulate a background knowledge of theatrical styles and forms.
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  • show a critical and cultural awareness of the place of theatre in Aotearoa New Zealand.
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  • demonstrate skills in researching, planning, structuring and writing critical essays
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  • undertake practical exploration of theatrical texts, supported by applied theory
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  • demonstrate an ability to identify principles of style and form within a play text (dramaturgy)
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  • gain experience in collaborative problem solving in the context of practical group work.
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  • engage with a range of approaches to the analysis of theatrical performance
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  • demonstrate basic research skills relating to the retrieval, communication and synthesis of information relevant and necessary for assignments
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  • engage in productive discussion of a range of ideas and presented written arguments clearly and effectively
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  • engage actively and harmoniously in partner and small group tutorial work and group workshop activities
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Assessment

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Please note that the successful completion of ALL Assessments/assignments is regarded as being an essential requirement to passing the Paper.

Assignment guidelines will be distributed for each task. Students are expected to be familiar with, and follow, the presentation and structural guidelines in: General Guide to Theatre Studies Assignment Presentation, available outside I.3.16.

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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. A personal response to live theatre performance
14 Mar 2019
12:30 PM
10
  • Hand-in: In Lecture
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. Written test :Textual analysis
19 Apr 2019
11:30 PM
20
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
3. Analysis of NTLive or other live theatre production
3 May 2019
No set time
25
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
4. Practical/tutorial participation (including class demonstration)
29 May 2019
7:00 PM
20
  • Presentation: In Class
5. Research essay- Critical reflections on practical collaborative work
2 Jun 2019
11:30 PM
25
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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Recommended readings

In this paper you will use ­books and journal articles [etc] which are available electronically or in print from the University Library
There will be no costs for accessing any of the required materials.

Key and supplementary readings are provided via the Waikato Reading List. for which there is a link within the Moodle site for this paper

Many of the extracts and chapters are digitised, so you can access them electronically.

There are copies in the library of most of the plays referenced in lectures and assignment topics.

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Recommended Readings

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All recommended and suggested readings are on the Waikato Reading List (WRL) for this paper.

This book will be really helpful for a start: How to Write About Theatre: a Manual for Critics, Students and Bloggers by Mark Fisher

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Other Resources

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Online Support

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There is an online Moodle community for this course. Moodle can be accessed via iWaikato. Lecture presentations, tutorial exercises, assignment details, important dates and the paper outline are all available from this site. You may want to print out lecture presentations and bring them to the lecture so that you don’t have to spend so much time writing things down.

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Workload

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The total hours of study expected (termed 'notional learning hours') for this paper: This is a 15 point paper, therefore 150 hours is expected.

Notional learning hours include:
• direct contact time with teachers (‘directed learning’), including both lectures and tutorials
• time spent in studying, reading, researching, doing assignments, learning lines, and undertaking practical tasks (‘self-directed’or ‘on-task’ learning)
• time spent in assessment, eg for the practical presentation mark, test.

In the case of THST101 this 150 hours also includes the hours spent attending productions outside class.

LIVE THEATRE ATTENDANCE

Students will attend at least 3 productions during the semester; assessments of different types will arise from these performances:

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Linkages to Other Papers

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This paper links to all future Theatre Studies papers.

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Prerequisite(s)

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Equivalent(s)

Restriction(s)

Restricted papers: THST101

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