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Westfields Sports High School

Westfields Sports High School

First In Australia

Telephone02 9604 3333

Emailwestfields-h.school@det.nsw.edu.au

Course: Drama       Faculty: CAPA      Course Fees: $35.00

Impact on Stage 6: N/A

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION – ELECTIVE SUBJECT

Drama is a course that requires students to use their intellect, imagination and bodies to create, perform, understand and appreciate Drama and Theatre.

Drama develops students’ voice and movement skills and their ability to perform a variety of roles and characters through a study of improvisation, playbuilding, acting and script work. Drama develops reading and writing skills and improves public speaking and the ability to communicate effectively. Drama requires teamwork and the ability to work well with others, co-operation, and self-discipline.

Students are required to wear theatre blacks for all practical assessments and to provide a book for theory work. As a part of the course, students are expected to participate in school and public performances such as Festivals and will attend performances and workshops by professional companies.

 

MAIN FOCUS AREAS

Drama has a practical and theoretical component. Students explore a range of theatrical forms, such as mime, comedy, tragedy, melodrama, pantomime, mask, street theatre and puppetry through practical activities, learning about performance conventions, historical study and research.

The course also examines the technical aspects of production such as directing, lighting, sound, set and costume design and construction, props, make up, stage management and front-of-house management.

 

OUTCOMES

  • Students will develop an understanding of the elements of drama to create belief, clarity and tension in character, role and action.
  • Students will use improvisation to approach role/character within fictional situations and as a key technique in play building to create group devised works.
  • Students will use aspects of body language and physicalisation such as posture, gesture and facial expression and vocal skills to develop and sustain a character.
  • Students will understand the role of the individual in the collaborative process of drama.