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Living Drama Student Book with 1 Access Code for 26 Months

By | Copyright Year:2019 | ISBN-13: 9780170419987

Living Drama comprehensively covers all of the content, skills and knowledge senior drama and theatre studies students need. The student book presents authentic industry links (developed with key theatre companies and theatre makers) and assessment support, to develop a range of skills for students, including written skills.

NelsonNet resources available*
Teacher Resources:
• Assessment support/scaffolds
• Syllabus maps
• Weblinks

Student Resources:
• Assessment support
• Templates
• Weblinks

*Complimentary access to NelsonNet is available to teachers who use the accompanying student book as a core resource in their classroom. Contact your local education consultant for access codes and conditions.


Section One: Characterisation
1 Creating a character
2 Representing a character
3 Contemporary approaches to characterisation
4 New directions for characterisation today
Case Study: Ex Machina
Case Srudy: Complicite

Section Two: Stagecraft and staging
5 Stage, costume, lighting and sound design
6 Staging a performance
7 Staging performance texts
Case Study: Stephen Curtis

Section Three: Group and solo performance
8 Improvising a group performance
9 Contemporary styles of group performance
10 Creating a solo performance
Case Study: Verbatim theatre in the classroom

Section Four: Major traditions and heritage styles of theatres
11 The beginnings of Western theatre
12 Theatre comes of age
Case Study: Sport for Jove

Section Five: The evolution of modern theatre
13 Stanislavski to magical realism
14 Surrealism, cruelty and absurd
15 Expressionism, Brecht and Boal
16 The theatre of transformation
17 Theatre of Asia
18 Theatre in the 21st century

Section Six: Australian Theatre
19 The evolution of Australian theatre
20 Contemporary Australian theatre
21 Aboriginal Australian theatre
22 Working with key Australian texts
Case Study: Currency Pass
Case Study: Play Lab
Case Study: Ilbijerri Theatre Company
Case Study: Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company
Case Study: ATYP
Case Study: Monkey Baa


Bruce Burton is a Professor Emeritus at Griffith University and is a leading researcher in the field of applied theatre, where the concepts, forms and techniques of theatre are applied to investigating and generating change across the spectrum of social, educational, economic, political and cultural activity. Bruce’s award-winning text, Living Drama, has been the leading senior high school drama text for 30 years.