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Dulwich High School of Visual Arts and Design

Dulwich High School of Visual Arts and Design

Designing Futures

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NEO Drama Years 8-10

Course Description

In Drama, students can communicate in complex and powerful ways how they perceive the world. They can investigate, shape and symbolically represent ideas, interests, concerns, feelings, attitudes, beliefs and their consequences. Drama can reflect the external world and the inner world of thoughts and feelings through fictional contexts. Learning experiences in Drama are provided which involve the intellect, emotions, imagination and body, and engage the whole person. Self-confidence, motivation and self-esteem are developed through the devising, workshopping, rehearsingand performing of individual and collaborative works.


What will students learn about?

The drama course will draw on the contemporary drama and theatre practices of making, performing and appreciating drama. These practices are active, experiential, critical and reflective.

While students develop knowledge, understanding and skills that pertain to each of these practices, it is vital to integrate experiences in these areas in order to effectively realise the outcomes. In their appreciation of drama and theatre, students are aware of the collaborative contribution of actors, directors, playwrights, designers and technicians to productions. Manipulation of a wide range of technologies including traditional, electronic and digital applications helps students achieve particular dramatic intentions.


What will students do?

Students will develop knowledge, understanding and skills, individually and collaboratively, through:

  • making drama that explores a range of imagined and created situations in a collaborative drama and theatre environment
  • performing devised and scripted drama using a variety of performance techniques, dramatic forms and theatrical conventions to engage an audience
  • appreciating the meaning and function of drama and theatre in reflecting the personal, social, cultural, aesthetic and political aspects of the human experience.


The Areas of Study include:
  • Improvisation
  • Political/protest theatre 
  • Small screen drama
  • Physical theatre
  • Creative movement
  • Scripted drama
  • Aboriginal performance
  • Medieval drama
  • Ancient Greek drama
  • Mime
  • Commedia dell'arte
  • Clowning/comedy
  • Mask
  • Realism
  • Shakespeare
  • Street and environmental theatre

For more information: Ms Crowe

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