The course is one of the compulsory electives at Year 10 level. Although analytical writing is important the emphasis is on practical work where students are active and engaged. In this School much importance is placed on literature and knowledge of history and these form a basis for units.
Year 10 units are:
- Voices of Revolution(theory of tension in writing and improvisation, creating role and character from text and singing)
- Voices of the 20th Century(theory of focus in improvisation and writing, speech of inspiration, and acting from text)
- Voices of the Past (study of the 18th Century with emphasis on Mozart and comedy of manners, speaking of poetry, and learning the minuet)
- Voices from a Theatrical Style (theory of time and contact, melodrama and music hall)
Students can elect to take Drama in Years 11 & 12. This is a Queensland Studies Authority course focussing on three areas: Forming, Presenting & Responding.
In Forming drama students move through the processes of researching, interpreting, extrapolating and classifying information, selecting, problem solving and decision making.
In Presenting students use advanced communication processes to convey meaning to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes.
Through Responding students empathise, extrapolate and make judgements in practical and written tasks. They also evaluate, analyse and synthesise dramatic experiences.
Drama, at Years 11 and 12, concentrates on plays from the literary canon with a strong emphasis on polished performance and writing. In Year 11 students are introduced to the elements and conventions of Drama while studying Australian plays and specialising in the One Act Play from world authors.
In Year 12 emphasis is on realism and naturalism eg. The Three Sisters by Anton Chekov, directing, and a 20th century style such as Absurdism. The Extension Study has groups researching worthwhile historical, literary and scientific people of the past. Groups then write and perform a play extolling a thesis such as, “Leonardo da Vinci was a genius”.
Year 11 units are:
- Elements of Drama and improvisational Skills (learning the elements and conventions of Drama)
- Acting skills and Realism (theories of Stanislavsky, Australian plays, and the analytical essays)
- Stagecraft and How it Affects Plays (study of the One Act play, directing with emphasis on stagecraft choices)
- Ritual through the Ages (rituals and rites of passage from Greek to the present day)
Year 12 units are:
- Viewpoints using Epic theatre (theory of Bertolt Brecht, didactic drama, and collage drama)
- Directing using Realism (Stanislavsky’s theories, directing skills and review writing)
- Twentieth Century Styles (absurdist theatre, stagecraft and analysis of text)
- Auditions (researching plays for auditions and performance)