Drama

Drama develops learners’ understanding of fundamental drama and theatre conventions, along with building their self-confidence, verbal and non-verbal communication skills and performance. Drama helps to nurture and enhance students’ critical and creative thinking in an environment that promotes group cohesion as well as highlighting the importance of individual success and growth both within and extending out of the area of study.

Learning Opportunities:

Across Year 7-10 Drama, students have a range of opportunities to develop and sustain different roles and characters for given circumstances and intentions. They perform devised and scripted drama in different forms, styles and performance spaces. They collaborate with others to plan, direct, produce, rehearse and refine performances. They select and use the elements of drama, narrative and structure in directing and acting to engage audiences. They refine performance and expressive skills in voice and movement to convey dramatic action.

Students study Drama for one semester in both Year 7 and 8. The Year 7 course introduces students to the elements of drama, along with units of study in mask performance, clowning, monologue performance, process drama and provides plenty of opportunities for group collaboration and achievement. In Year 8, students focus on melodrama, scripted duologues, physical theatre, children’s theatre, Indigenous perspectives and improvisation. The elective programme for Drama in Year 9 and 10 is engaging and rewarding, further developing students’ skills as performers and ensemble members and providing them with a range of opportunities.

 

Elective courses in Years 9 and 10:

Learners in Years 9 and 10 have the opportunity to continue their enjoyment and pursuit of Drama by enrolling in the following Elective courses:

Drama: Year 9

In Year 9 Drama, students analyse the elements of drama, forms and performance styles and evaluate meaning and aesthetic effect in drama they devise, interpret, perform and view. Units of study on offer include: small screen drama, comedy, Elizabethan Drama (including the performance of a Shakespeare in Ten Minutes show for peers), documentary drama, theatre analysis and stagecraft, along with the staging of a mini Year 9 production.

Drama: Year 10

The Year 10 Drama course provides plenty of scope for students to develop and sustain different roles and characters in devised and scripted drama for given circumstances and intentions, collaborating with others to plan, direct, produce, rehearse and refine performances. They use their experiences of drama practices from different cultures, places and times to evaluate drama from different viewpoints. Units of work in Year 10 include the following: Ancient Greek theatre, creative movement, Australian, American & European drama, protest theatre and a major Year 10 production.