Approx Cost:
$50 to cover costs of workbooks, backstage tour around Court Theatre and watching professional performance /touring company production/ workshop
Technology Requirements:
A laptop is of benefit for this course
Entry Recommendations:

Open Entry. Students are expected to attend additional out of class rehearsals and perform all practical assessments to an audience of peers and/or wider school audience.

Course Outline:

This course is the second of a two semester course and is based around Level 4 of the National Curriculum and is aimed at extending students’ basic knowledge of skills acquired in Year 9 Drama. This course encourages analysis, inventiveness, self-expression and continues to develop confidence in communication and developing stage presence. Topics covered include improvisation through theatre sports, children’s theatre, script work, theatre history and creating original drama through a group devising process. Students learn to manage time, people and resources and develop their understanding of stagecraft, script writing and theatre forms. They learn to appreciate leadership and individual responsibilities within group activities.

Semester 2 focus:

-          Developing confidence in front of a wider audience

-          Introduction to Elizabethan theatre style and associated technologies

-          Performance of scripts outside students’ own immediate experiences and expanding range of vocal and physical techniques to deliver a range of characters


Group public performances will be assessed, with audiences ranging from peers to whānau and friends. 

Practical assessments throughout the semester focused on:

  • Understanding Drama in context: Elizabethan theatre and associated technologies
  • Communicating and Interpreting: Performance of scripts outside learner's own experiences and expanding range of vocal and physical techniques
Where Does It Lead:

Students learn to relate to and work with others, develop critical and creative thinking skills while developing performance and communication skills in a range of dramatic contexts. Skills learnt can be applied to a range of subjects which require students to speak and perform confidently in front of an audience and clearly convey their ideas and thoughts to others. Students can continue with Drama into the senior years, as Drama is a UE endorsed subject.

For further information see:
Mrs McLean.