Drama / Year 9 and 10

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Curriculum content descriptions

Evaluate how the elements of drama, forms and performance styles in devised and scripted drama convey meaning and aesthetic effect (ACADRR052)

Elaborations
  • analysing how the elements of drama are manipulated to focus the dramatic action for audiences and using this information to refine drama they make
  • evaluating how the features and conventions of forms and styles create dramatic meaning and theatrical effect
  • Considering viewpoints – philosophies and ideologies: For example – How has drama theory been used in creating and performing this text?
  • evaluating how ideas and emotions shape the expressive qualities and staging of forms and styles in their own and others’ drama
  • Considering viewpoints – evaluations: For example – How successful were the actors and director in conveying the playwright’s stated intent? How successfully have the design elements been incorporated into the drama?
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
ScOT terms

Symbolism (Art movements),  Drama (Arts),  Aesthetics

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Lights up

Learn the fundamentals of lighting design with lighting designer Lincoln Gidney. Explore how to apply stage lighting conveys meaning and apply this knowledge and understanding to design lighting or a scene.

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Musical theatre – drama

Discover the dramatic style of musical theatre through performance. Explore the origins and theatrical conventions and techniques of musical theatre as a performance style. Students will create a character performance based on a musical theatre piece.

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Drop the mic – hip hop and Shakespeare

A fresh and fun approach to Hip Hop theatre exploring, words, rhythm, movement, voice and creative writing. Drop The Mic Hip Hop Theatre class aims to develop voice, rhythm, physicality and character skills.

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Characterisation – status and movement

Explore characterisation through observation, status and movement to communicate meaning. Students will create a character through performance.

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Tune in and tune up

Tune in and tune up your acting skills with these fun drama warm up games that will strengthen you vocally, physically and imaginatively.

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I like to move it, move it!

Engage the body to tell stories and entertain audiences. Explore the techniques of expressive physical movement to communicate ideas and create dramatic meaning. Students devise a story using mime, movement and gesture.

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Musical theatre – dance

Explore dance in musical theatre, including dance technique and the elements of dance as influenced by performance and theatrical style.

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Voice and accents – Part 1

Stars of stage and screen learn about breathing, and where the voice comes from to enhance their performances. You will go through some exercises in preparation for using your voice effectively, as well as experiment with tongue twisters.

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Beats and rhymes

This class develops your vocal skills for performance. Write a Slam Poem or a Rap and then perform them for an audience.

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Lights, camera, action!

Students explore screenwriting for video drama.

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Melodrama characterisation

Discover the dramatic form and acting styles of melodrama through the exploration of stock characters and how to act in a melodrama style with large emotions and gestures. Perform various characters through a scripted performance.

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Abstract Expressionism

Abstract Expressionism is an art movement that developed in America after World War II. The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) website provides a introduction to the genre, major artists and the materials and processes they used in painting and sculpture. It provides a collection of downloadable slide shows of artworks (in PowerPoint), ...

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Media and Performance Art

Since the early 20th century, artists have been incorporating such non-traditional forms as dance, music, and their own actions into their art. The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) website provides a introduction to the genre and explores the works by artisits in the collection. It provides a collection of downloadable slide ...

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Musical theatre – music

Discover the key elements of theatre music through performance. Explore the key elements of musical theatre music, lyrics and orchestral score.

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Let's act out

Develop skills in preparing and performing a character monologue.

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Dame Nellie Melba in a procession at Lilydale, 1902

This is a black-and-white photograph that shows the arrival of operatic soprano Nellie Melba (1861-1931) in a procession at Lilydale in Victoria during her 1902 tour of Australia and New Zealand. Melba is seated in a buggy at the front of the procession. The procession, which is made up of people in buggies and men on horseback, ...

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Make ‘em laugh

See how effective comedy is in communicating ideas and engaging an audience. Good performances will have moments of humour and seriousness in order to provide variety and interest in the stories being told.

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Characterisation stereotypes

Develop and build engaging characters through stereotypes and using through role play and improvisation using voice, body and dialogue. Perform a devised character scenario to engage an audience.

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Monologues

Develop skills in characterisation through personal storytelling through monologues.

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Voice and accents – part 2

Stars of stage and screen learn about breathing, vocal warms and how to use different accents to enhance their performances. You will go through some exercises in preparation for using your voice effectively and learning to use the Standard American Accent.