Drama is an available study option for students across all year levels. It contains a combination of theoretical aspects and the practical application of skills. It makes a contribution to students’ intellectual, emotional and social growth. Students are provided with experiences which develop self-confidence, self-discipline and social skills, which will provide both cross-curricular and lifelong benefits.
During these studies in Drama, students learn to communicate more effectively both in written and spoken forms. They explore and test values and ethics; and expand their cultural knowledge and understandings of contexts - past and present, local and global. Through different forms of theatre, students practise skills of voice, gesture and movement; learn about artistic forms and styles; and expand their range of higher intellectual skills and key competences. Students are also given the opportunity to develop scripts and production concepts in many different forms and styles of theatre.
Some of the forms and styles of theatre studied across Years 8-12 include:
- Australian Theatre
- Backstage, lighting and production
- Clowning & comedy
- Commedia dell’arte
- Elizabethan & Shakespearean Theatre
- Epic Theatre
- Monologues & a one person show
- Physical Theatre
- Script Writing
- Theatre of the Absurd
The skills students learn and develop within Drama provide both short and long term benefits. For example, the ability to deliver confident and well-presented speeches, which will not only prove beneficial in other subject areas, but more significantly, may help improve a student’s professional capabilities post schooling. This may seem like a bold statement; however, when considering many professional careers (E.G. lawyer, politician, doctor, event manager etc.) they undoubtedly require strong verbal communication skills.
Many other important skills and abilities in Drama are built and fostered across Years 8-12, such as knowing how to both efficiently and effectively work independently and in collaboration. Another is the ability to develop and write with certain language conventions: analytical based essays, critique, report and script writing. These conventions enhance a student’s literacy skills, along with being highly valued at tertiary levels of education and in certain professions (E.G. journalism, education, hospitality etc.).
For many students, Drama is considered a fun subject of interest, however, it is important to realise the high level of academic rigor expected of students within this subject, where committed and hardworking students will thrive, whereas less committed students will struggle.
Types of Assessment: Script writing, development of production concepts, presenting rehearsed plays (both scripted and student devised), analysing and responding to live theatre through written analysis (analytical based essays), examinations (seen or unseen questions),dramaturgical folios and directorial compositions.