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THE2006 Theatre Manifesto

Semester 1, 2013 On-campus Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Arts
School or Department : School of Creative Arts
Version produced : 21 July 2014

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Examiner: Darryl Chalk
Moderator: Janet McDonald

Other requisites

It is strongly suggested that students attempt this course after completing THE1001 and THE1002.


Throughout its history directors, playwrights, performers and designers in the form of
the manifesto have constantly and uniquely redefined theatre's aesthetic and social
function. This course interrogates the application of theatrical theory from various
historical and stylistic perspectives contained within a selection of manifestos.


This course focuses on the interdependent relationship between theory and practice as it informs theatre practitioners. Models of specific theatre methodologies will form the basis of exploration, examining specifically the ways in which theatre has been framed and defined in the manifestos of key theatrical figures such as Brecht, Artaud, Brook, Tzara, and Grotowski. Through a series of lectures and workshops, students will be encouraged to participate in small group activities in order to replicate and explore these models. The course will culminate in work-in-progress presentations to either an in-house or appropriate public audience.


On completion of this course students will be able to demonstrate:

  1. academic and professional literacy in the synthesis of specific theatrical models which inform the use of body, space and text in performance;
  2. a high level of management, planning and teamwork in the creating and producing of a work-in-progress performance project;
  3. the critical evaluation of applied knowledge of the relationship between theory and practice in contemporary theatrical performance.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Mapping the Manifesto (selections from Renaissance to Contemporary) 20.00
2. Symbolism: Appia, Strindberg, Jarry 20.00
3. Expresionism/Futurism/Dada 20.00
4. Epic Theatre: Bertholt Brecht 20.00
5. The Theatre of Cruelty: Antonin Artaud 20.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (

  • Drain, R (ed) 1995, Twentieth century theatre: a sourcebook, Routledge, London, New York.
  • Scrapbooks/Journals.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
  • Artaud, A 1977, The theatre and its double: essays, J Calder, London.
  • Brook, P 1991, The empty space, Penguin, Harmondsworth.
  • Carlson, M 1995, Theories of the theatre: a historical and critical survey, Cornell University Press, Ithaca, London.
  • Dukore, B, Dramatic theory and criticism: Greeks to Grotowski, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Orlando, Fl.
  • Whitmore, J 1994, Directing postmodern theatre: shaping signification in performance, University of Michigan Press, Ann Arbor.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Lectures 26.00
Private Study 126.00
Workshops or Rehearsals 13.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
CRITICAL ESSAY 100 30 27 Feb 2013 (see note 1)
REFLECTIVE ESSAY 100 30 27 Feb 2013

  1. Further details and due dates for assessment will be advised on the first day of class. Assessments may be subject to change in accordance with available projects

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the student's responsibilty to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration. For this course, normal class attendance consists of one 3 hour lecture/workshop per week, plus considerable hours of independent rehearsal and scheduled production work throughout semester.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To successfully complete an individual assessment item, a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks or a grade of at least C-. This statement must be read in conjunction with Statement 4 below.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    If students submit assignments after the due date without extenuating circumstances and without prior approval, then a penalty of a maximum of 5% of the assigned mark may apply for each working day late, up to a maximum of 10 working days, at which time a mark of zero can be recorded for that assignment.

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade, a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no exam for this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Given the details under (6) above, there are no deferred exams for this course. However, if any deferred/makeup work is granted, it would have to be submitted by a date set by the examiner.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. (a) The due date for an assignment is the date by which a student must lodge the assignment at the USQ. (b) All Faculty of Arts assignments must be lodged in the Faculty Assessment Centre on the Ground Floor of Q Block no later than 12 noon on the due date. (c) In the event that a due date for an assignment falls on a local public holiday in their area, such as a Show holiday, the due date for the assignment will be the next day. Students are to note on the assignment cover the date of the public holiday for the examiner's convenience. (d). Students must retain a copy of each item submitted for assessment. This must be despatched to USQ within 24 hours if requested by the Examiner. (e) In accordance with University's Assignment Extension Policy (Regulation 5.6.1), the examiner of a course may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances such as documented ill-health. (f) Students who have undertaken all of the required assessments in the course but who have failed to meet some of the specified objectives of the course within the normally prescribed time may be awarded the temporary grade: IM (Incomplete-Makeup). An IM grade will only be awarded when, in the opinion of the examiner, a student will be able to achieve the remaining objectives of the course after a period of non-directed personal study. (g) Students who, for medical, family/personal, or employment-related reasons, are unable to complete an assignment or sit for an examination at the scheduled time, may apply to defer an assessment in the course. Such a request must be accompanied by appropriate supporting documentation. One of the following temporary grades may be awarded: IDS (Incomplete - Deferred Examination; IDM (Incomplete Deferred Make-up); IDB (Incomplete - Both Deferred Examination and Deferred Make-up).

  2. Students can expect that questions in assessment items in this course may draw upon knowledge and skills that they can reasonably be expected to have acquired before enrolling in the course. This includes knowledge contained in pre-requisite courses and appropriate communication, information literacy, analytical, critical thinking, problem solving or numeracy skills. Students who do not possess such knowledge and skills should not expect to achieve the same grades as those students who do possess them.

  3. Students may be assigned an "Incomplete" grade to signify that all the requirements of the course have not yet been met. Students who are graded "I" can pass the course by successfully completing such additional work as prescribed by the examiner by a given date. Students who have been awarded an IM, ISM, IDM or IDB grade must access information regarding further work to be completed, in the Student Centre of U Connect. The Grades Page in the Student Centre contains information about further work to be completed. Students who have not completed the additional work to the satisfaction of the examiner by the given date will receive the appropriate Failing grade.