Drama in Practice


​Does this subject contribute to an ATAR? No (Applied subject)

How many credits does this subject contribute towards QCE? 4

What is Drama in Practice? 

Drama in Practice gives students opportunities to plan, create, adapt, produce, perform, appreciate and evaluate a range of dramatic works or events in a variety of settings. 

Students participate in learning activities that apply knowledge and develop creative and technical skills in communicating meaning to an audience.

Students learn essential workplace health and safety procedures relevant to the drama and theatre industry, as well as effective work practices and industry skills needed by a drama practitioner.

What makes a student suited to Drama in Practice?

Students who achieve success in Drama in Practice are those who enjoy: 

• Engaging with drama and opportunities to experience, understand and communicate

different perspectives on the world.

• Opportunities to learn about a range of forms and styles of the dramatic art form.

• Performing, improvising, devising and appreciating Drama.

• are interested in costuming, set design, stage make-up, lighting and sound technicians or design, back stage or stage management, prop design

• participating in creating and performing drama for different purposes such as, entertainment, education, community events, competition, stage, cruise ships, commercials, advertisements or camera

• recording and editing drama on film

What prerequisites must students meet in order to take this subject?

  • Nil

What is the cost of this subject?

Year 11 and 12 - all senior drama students must attend live performances and participate in artist workshops. Attendance at these is essential to complete assessment. Approx. $50 a year.

What materials or equipment do I need for this subject?

  • Theatre Blacks (drama department uniform) for presenting
  • Compulsory BYOD with video and music editing software from year 10
  • Personal headphones and personal device such as Smart Phone for recording work, accessing personal music and audio/video editing software ​

What do students study in this subject and how are they assessed?

  Unit OverviewsAssessment
Year 10Semester 1Year 10 Drama has 3 units.
Unit 1-Real Worlds:
In this unit students will explore theatre that is inspired by real events that aim to challenge audience’s perspective on the lived experience.  Students will explore, depict and celebrate the human experience by imagining and representing other people through live enactment and tell stories that are: meaningful, thought-provoking, dynamic, and entertaining, celebrating both the confronting and cathartic nature of performance.

Summative assessment 1:
Performance: Practice led project

  Semester 2Unit 2 Old Worlds: In this unit students will explore William Shakespeare along with Elizabethan society, language, and themes analysing and explaining why this traditional style of theatre is still relevant today. Students will work as a director, to create and develop their own vision for a Shakespearean play that will be performed for a contemporary audience.
Unit 3 Surreal Worlds: This unit is designed to introduce students to the themes and conventions of Contemporary Performance, using conventions from modern theatre genres such as Australian Gothic Drama, Cinematic Theatre, Site Specific and Visual Theatre. Students will explore Australian characters, stories, and First Nations perspectives through script writing, directing, forming and performing learning activities with the goal of creating a unique fusion project performance to communicate dramatic action and meaning to an audience.  

Summative assessment 2:

Summative assessment 3:

Summative assessment 4:
Extended written response

Year 11Unit 1This semester students will be engaging in authentic interactions by accessing and participating in drama activities that reflect the lives and interests of the community. Students will be developing their knowledge of Community Theatre through Verbatim Theatre and Documentary Drama. Students will facilitate drama experiences by creating works for school or community events by adopting play-building techniques to educate the community on local issues. These issues will be organised, prepared, and presented for a variety of different events such as arts festivals, drama showcases, workshops, primary school, or community performances. Students will create script that explores and develops the processes of writing original dramatic works in response to contexts and stimuli from the community (e.g. photographs, images, stories and personal narratives).

Formative internal assessment 1:
• Product: Scriptwriting

Formative internal assessment 2:
Performance: (acting)
• Stage acting (group)

Formative internal assessment 3:
Extended response
• Written response to live or recorded live theatre

Unit 2Students will develop, devise, and create dramatic works in response to contexts and stimuli (e.g. scripted texts, newspaper article, music, artworks, images, poetry, stories and narratives, film, historical artefacts, commissioned work, school and community-based celebrations and technologies). Students will need to apply their knowledge and understanding of play building techniques to interpret, listen, observe, articulate, and negotiate with actors to create the dramatic meaning of a stimuli. Students will need to evaluate their direction and determine whether their interpretation and articulation was successful and what improvements can be made for future direction.

Formative internal assessment 4:
Project: Directing
• Performance offstage component
(directing, designing)
• Performance onstage component
(stage acting)

Year 12Unit 3This semester focuses on the importance on the different forms, styles, context, and approaches in performance. Students will develop their characters through role manipulation, which includes body and voice, stage presence, interaction with other performers and awareness of audience. This allows students the opportunity to take ownership of a piece of theatre through directing of a performance. Students will need to evaluate their direction and determine whether their interpretation and articulation was successful and what improvements can be made for future direction. Students will develop, devise, and create dramatic works in response to a scripted text that focuses on a commissioned work, school and community-based celebrations and technologies.

Summative internal assessment 1 (IA1): Product

Summative internal assessment 2 (IA2): Project
• Directing

Unit 4Throughout this semester, students will be exploring contemporary theatre. Particularly focusing on emerging styles, conventions and technology through cinematic theatre, post – dramatic theatre and open works.

Summative internal assessment 3 (IA3): Performance
• Acting                  
Stage management

Summative external assessment (IA4): Extended Response
• Response to live or recorded live theatre 

Last reviewed 04 August 2022
Last updated 04 August 2022