Drama / Year 9 and 10

Curriculum content descriptions

Structure drama to engage an audience through manipulation of dramatic action, forms and performance styles and by using design elements (ACADRM050)

  • learning and applying the basic concepts for interpreting texts and contexts, directing dramatic action, and using available theatre technologies
  • focusing and strengthening the dramatic action by manipulating pace in movement and dialogue, cues, vocal tone, physical proximity between characters and transitions
  • structuring the performance space to convey dramatic meaning and sense of style for an audience
  • exploring realistic, non-realistic, innovative and hybrid dramatic forms and performance styles
  • Considering viewpoints – elements, materials, skills and processes: For example – How have the elements of drama been used in your work to convey your ideas? How are materials manipulated in this drama? How have the director and performers shaped skills and processes to make and communicate meaning? How have design elements been used?
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
ScOT terms

Plots (Stories),  Theatrical genres


David Williamson on inspiration

Listen as David Williamson explains where he finds inspiration for his plays. What are his aims as a playwright?



Develop skills in characterisation through personal storytelling through monologues.


Let's act out

Develop skills in preparing and performing a character monologue.


Character Building

In this teaching activity, students analyse popular characters and methods of characterization used by writers. They apply these methods to create a profile and illustration of an original character. They will then write a short script.


Staging Shakespeare: How do you stage a comedy scene?

In this lesson, students will explore the nature of comedy by informally staging the opening scenes from William Shakespeare’s play, As You Like It. Students will apply a variety of stylistic approaches to stage scenes from the play, then perform for an audience.


Creation Myth Play Scripts

In this lesson, students will explore different cultures’ supernatural explanations for human existence. Templates such as a Cultural Creation Myth Comparison Organizer are provided. Students will make comparisons between creation myths then write an original creation myth play script to perform for an audience.


Adapting a Musical

How can stories transform into a musical theatre adaptation? In this teaching activity, students will develop a musical from a book, play, or short story. They will bring the story to the stage through movements and song by analysing elements of a story and adopting creative team roles.


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.


Lights, camera, action!

Students explore screenwriting for video drama.


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.


Be on the Safe Side Year 9-10 The Arts (Drama)

This is a unit of work that uses the rail network to explore the characters, situations, viewpoints and actions that occur in this setting; there is a focus on how to behave safely on and around the rail network. Learning opportunities include scripting, performing and revising a drama performance as well exploration of ...