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Theatre of the Absurd


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Product Code: 978-1-921085-03-1

These volumes offer workshop approaches for studying some of the classic plays of modern drama. The approaches offered will help secondary and tertiary students gain critical insights into the language used in the plays, and the theatrical forms and devices employed, and provide methods for character analysis and thematic examination.

The student-centred interactive strategies presented will also encourage students to bring a play alive by exploring form and content which takes the play off the page and, in the imagination of the students, onto the stage.

Theatre of the Absurd Contents

Introduction John Hughes

Play plot grid


Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett


Comedy in Godot                                            

Character profile: Vladimir and Estragon

Relationship: Pozzo & Lucky

The pattern of waiting

Role of the audience

The student designer

God in Godot

Playing with language

Comparing scenes: ‘Enter Boy’

The role of Godot

What is communication?  


Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? by Edward Albee


Character trees

Character assassination

Games people play: a jigsaw approach

An ebb and flow chart

To be or not to be

Marriage counselling

Conscience plays

Setting / staging

Communication and conflict 

Workshop and essay


Arcadia by Tom Stoppard


Dramatic devices (1)

Dramatic devices (2)


Classicism and romanticism

Et in Arcadia Ego

On Byron and romantic poetry

Characters — then

Characters — now

Language play

Epigrams and wit

Lost genius