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Join the circus

Learn about different circus skills and create a short performance.

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Lip sync challenge

Students will develop expressive movement skills to perform a Lip Sync Challenge. They will explore character, rhythm, movement, sound and tension and reflect on their own performance skills.

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Mime and machines

Students develop their mime and physical skills through drama.

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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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Stories in the dark

This resource is designed to support Stage 4 drama students in understanding the characteristics of good radio plays and learning to use vocal expression to create clear and engaging characters. They will rehearse, perform and record a short radio play that can be shared with an audience.

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The costume designer makes the character

Where would you start if you had to design hundreds of individual costumes for just one scene in a film? That was just one of the challenges for Catherine Martin, the costume designer for Baz Luhrmann's film 'The Great Gatsby', which is set in the 1920s.

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An animated character is part of the story

What goes into making an animated feature film? DreamWorks Animation, one of the largest animation studios in the world, has made many award-winning films. 'DreamWorks Animation: The Exhibition - Journey from Sketch to Screen' at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) explores some of the hard work involved in ...

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Hannie Rayson on writing complex roles for women

Watch as Hannie Rayson describes her early desire to write multidimensional, complex roles for women in her plays. What was this in response to?  Why is it important for audiences to see female characters as well as male characters driving drama in plays? 

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Drama on the bus

Is someone watching you? It's just possible that there's an observer on your bus or train using the scenes and conversations that take place as a starting point for their art. That's what four playwrights did when they travelled together across Sydney on the 428 bus and came up with four completely different ideas for a play.

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Ngapartji Ngapartji: powerful, explosive theatre

Theatre can tell powerful stories. In the 1950s, the early years of the Cold War, some Aboriginal people were removed from their land at Maralinga in South Australia to make way for British atomic testing. Ngapartji Ngapartji, a play combining traditional Aboriginal story-telling and contemporary theatrical styles, explores ...

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Macbeth: are you a man or a mouse?

Let's get inside the devious mind of Lady Macbeth! Bell Shakespeare's Kate Mulvany and John Bell explore the methods Lady Macbeth uses to manipulate her husband. This delightfully despicable character knows just which buttons to press! Listen in on the conversation with James Evans and see for yourself.

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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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A story of Mount Merapi

Indonesians whose homes are near Mount Merapi, a live volcano, live with the constant threat of its eruption. Over time, a sense of mysticism, ritual and story has grown around the volcano's power. Drawing on this history, Australian puppet theatre company Snuff Puppets collaborated with Indonesian artists to perform 'Wedhus ...

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Casting nearby for extras

Have you ever wondered how all those people in the background of a film or television drama are chosen? Mary Torrens, a Bundjalung woman from Casino in New South Wales, is the Extras Casting Coordinator for the Indigenous Australian television series 'The Gods of Wheat Street'. Her community connections have enabled her ...

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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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Macbeth: are you a man or a mouse?

Let's get inside the devious mind of Lady Macbeth! Bell Shakespeare's Kate Mulvany and John Bell explore the methods Lady Macbeth uses to manipulate her husband. This delightfully despicable character knows just which buttons to press! Listen in on the conversation with James Evans and see for yourself.

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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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When is a stick not a stick?

Explore a world of play and imagery, where nothing is as ordinary as it seems. Students respond imaginatively when using a stick as a stimulus to explore elements of drama and create characters. Students will develop their expressive skills through movement and voice. Students also create artworks using a stick as a stimulus.

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Train adventures

Discover and create different characters from a train ride through movement and voice. Use imagination to go on a train ride and draw the images you see.

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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.