Drama (T/A)

Drama is an integral art form as it makes meaning of the world through enactment to represent, question and communicate concepts and ideas. The study of Drama enables learners to engage with innovative thinkers and to experience drama as artists and audience members.

In making dramatic performance, students learn about the elements of drama, rehearsal strategies, workshopping, improvising, preparing the body, and technical and performance skills to engage and communicate with an audience.

In responding to Drama performance, students learn about theory, the elements of production, performance styles, presentation of dramatic works, audience and drama criticism, and the roles of directors, actors, playwrights. Students will develop an informed critical appreciation of dramatic works, considering drama practices, elements, genres, styles, production techniques and conventions in the construction of meaning. They interpret, analyse and evaluate the social, cultural and historical significance of drama. The study of drama equips students with life skills while also providing continuity with many tertiary and industry courses.

Each semester, Drama students have the opportunity to showcase their work in a live performance in our professional theatre with state-of-the-art lighting, sound and multimedia systems. Performances include full scale plays, productions and concerts that are run by our very own Student Production Crew.

Course Outline Example

Semester 1: Comedy

Semester 2: Devising an Ensemble Production

Semester 3: Actor and Director

Semester 4: Australian Theatre

Please note: other Drama units from the BSSS (see below descriptions) may also be offered depending on student demand and availability of resources at any one time.

 

Units

Comedy

The focus of this unit is to explore the many facets of comedy in performance. Students will develop a knowledge and understanding of theatrical styles such as Melodrama and Dark Comedy and experiment with techniques such as farce, satire, status and comic timing. Students will explore, and experiment, with their physicality of characters and use of voice.

 

Devising an Ensemble Production

This unit is designed for students to work as an ensemble to create and present original theatrical work/s for an intended target audience either within the school community or for regional or interstate theatre festivals. The content studied will be determined by the production requirements and may draw on a wide range of both conventional play building techniques and/or specific art forms such as; physical theatre or verbatim.

 

Actor and Director

The focus of this unit is to explore the role, purpose and focus of the actor and the director and to understand their relationship in making theatre. Students will use scripted works to develop their acting and directing skills whilst focusing on performing for a live audience.

 

Australian Theatre

The focus of this unit is to develop an understanding of the relationship between Australian theatre practices and content; such as Australian cultures, both historical and developing. Students will workshop and perform a variety of plays and extracts which identify specific themes, characters and forms in Australian Drama. Students will explore the historical, cultural and social perspectives presented by past, and present, Australian artists.

 

Acting for Film and Television

The focus of this unit is to provide students with an understanding of acting techniques for screen and television. Students will explore acting skills for specific camera angles/shots in relation to various genres such as children’s television, soap opera, advertising, news presentation, comedy and more.

 

Dramatic Explorations

The focus of this unit is to provide students with an understanding of the fundamental elements of Drama as well as the historical influences and styles such as Stanislavski, Brecht, and Artaud on the development of theatre.

 

Modern and Classical Tragedy

The focus of this unit is to explore, examine and journey through the changing face of the tragedy form. This includes consideration of the essential questions of life, death and suffering.

 

Theatre Production and Performance

The focus of this unit is to work collaboratively to develop a polished theatrical production. The unit explores and practically applies general principles of a production from all perspectives: performing, directing, design and technical production. The unit provides opportunities to create work specifically designed for performance in front of a live audience. Focus is on team/ensemble work as part of a cohesive production team.

 

Theatre for Young People

The focus of this unit is to explore and appreciate the value of theatre designed and intended for young people. Students are provided with the opportunity to devise and perform theatre to inform, entertain and educate their audience. The unit will explore the importance of establishing interaction and rapport between the young performers and their audience.

 

Assessment Requirements

Year 11 Drama A

  1. Responding Research Essay (600-800 words) 30%
  2. Major Performance and Evaluation 35%
  3. Portfolio Task 35%

 

Year 11 Drama T

  1. Responding Research Essay (800-1200 words) 30%
  2. Major Performance and Evaluation 35%
  3. Portfolio Task 35%

 

Year 12 Drama T/A

  1. Research Analysis Task 30%
  2. Making Task (Major Performance) 30%
  3. Portfolio (Reflection Task) 40%

Contact the Performing Arts Coordinator

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