Drama, like all Arts subjects, is a dynamic learning experience that caters for a diverse range of students, engaging and challenging them to maximise their individual abilities. This unforgettable learning experience is achieved through performing, appreciating and critically studying drama. The teaching programs at PAC emphasise the necessity for experiential learning: doing, creating, reflecting, working collaboratively and appreciating drama and theatre, both past and present. The variety of inspiring modules call for learning strategies of exploring, creating, performing and self-reflection to enhance all activities. Students must be motivated – they create the drama.
In Drama, students can investigate, shape and symbolically represent ideas, feelings, attitudes, beliefs and their consequences. By studying this major art form students acquire skills in interpretation, communication, performance and critical analysis and become aware of the technical processes and the technologies that may be used to heighten dramatic presentation. In the critical study of drama and theatre, students learn about and appreciate the collaborative contribution of actors, directors, playwrights, designers and technicians to a production. They develop an understanding of the cultural traditions and social contexts specific to Australian drama and theatre and how to make those issues relevant to contemporary audiences in 2020.
Drama provides a unique contribution to the personal development of students. There is a need to provide students with the understanding that drama not only provides career opportunities but is a legacy they will carry with them through their entire lives. Career opportunities in any field are enriched by drama skills, as students find their ability to think, plan and create is reinforced in this subject.
At PAC, students may study Drama as an elective in Years 7-9 for one semester each year before opting to continue to do so for the full year in Years 10, 11 and 12. To enter Year 10 Drama students must have studied it in Year 9. It is recommended that the guidelines in the subject selection booklet for boys in Years 7-9 be checked carefully before choosing an elective.
The topic areas studied in Drama include:
- Improvisation, Playbuilding and Acting (Years 7-12)
- Ancient Greek Theatre (Year 7)
- Commedia dell’Arte (Year 8)
- Shakespearean Drama: Romeo and Juliet (Year 9), Macbeth/Julius Caesar (Year 10), Othello (Year 11)
- Movement, Mime and Puppetry (Years 7-9)
- Scriptwriting and Scripted Performance (Years 10-12)
- Costume and Set Design (Years 9-12)
- Contemporary Australian Theatre (Years 10-12)
- Small-screen Drama (short filmmaking) Years 10-12)
- Theatrical Traditions and Performance Styles (Years 10-12)
- Approaches to Acting: Boal/Suzuki (Years 11-12)
- Significant Plays of the Twentieth Century (4 in total) (Years 11-12)
- Irish Drama (Years 11-12)
- SACE Group Performance (Year 12)
- SACE Individual Project (Year 12)
Drama is a rewarding academic course of study at PAC.