Australian Theatre Studies

Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Course code: DRA311
  • Credit points: 10
  • Subject coordinator: Daniel Thornton


The following courses are prerequisites:

Awards offering Australian Theatre Studies

This unit is offered as a part of the following awards:

Unit Content


  1. Critically analyse the relationship between theatre and its contexts;
  2. Demonstrate an advanced understanding of the historical and sociological influences on the development of Australian theatre;
  3. Demonstrate detailed knowledge and critical analysis of how Australian theatre engages with, reflects and influences issues of national cultural identity;
  4. Display advanced collaborative and performance skills to devise and deliver an informative presentation;
  5. Apply indepth knowledge of Australian theatre to inform a group-devised presentation;
  6. Demonstrate synthesis and critical evaluation of a performance, justifying choices, considering its impact on others and reflecting from a Christian worldview.

Subject Content

  • Introduction to Australian theatre 
  • The first Australian plays
  • Coming of age plays
  • The New Wave
  • The rise of Australian Indigenous theatre
  • Australian play texts
  • Contemporary Australian theatre 
  • Christian theatre in Australia

This course may be offered in the following formats

  • Face to Face (onsite)
  • E-learning (online)
  • Intensive
  • Extensive

Please consult your course prospectus or enquire about how and when this course will be offered next at Alphacrucis University College.

Assessment Methods

  • Discussion Board Critical Response (10%)
  • Research Essay (40%)
  • Group Performance and Critical Reflection (50%)