Symbiosis International University Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts

Modern Drama from around the World

Faculty Course Type Credits Prerequisites Semester
Gayatri Mendanha Elective 4 None Any

 Brief Overview 

Modern Theatre aims at defying traditional artistic forms. Rebellion and reaction give way to new ways of perceiving and representing the world around. It demands of writer, player or spectator - a new way of seeing! It closely mirrors the life and the struggle, the hopes and aspirations of the people in those times and acts as a means of awakening. Realist drama is substituted with the dreamlike, the expressive and the symbolic to depict the inner lives of human beings. Tragedy, comedy, imaginary and real, with bizarre situations leads us to the abyss of understanding and lack of understanding. We are lost in silences, pauses, repetition, doubt and darkness...

Welcome on an exciting journey through Paris, America, Germany, Russia, Italy and Spain! Meet the greatest dramatists of the twentieth century and experience their search for identity and desire for self-expression. In dialogue with minds that intrigue and challenge us, we find our own truths, our own identity and our own voice.  

 Course Objectives 

  • To give students novel perspectives on how language, time, stage, setting, dialogue and characters can be sculpted to express a playwright’s vision and create an experience of theatre.
  • To instil interest and facilitate discussions on a variety of themes presented. 

 Teaching Methodology 

The teaching methodology will comprise of Lectures, Discussions, Audio-Visuals and Presentations.


Students are expected to –

  • Complete all required reading for each scheduled class as per the course outline,
  • Actively participate in class activities and discussions, and
  • Complete all evaluative processes for successful course completion!