This course requires 2 options.

Whakaari 3

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Ms K. Vercoe

Nau mai haere mai

"Kia kawea tātou e te rēhia" - Let us be taken by the spirit of joy, of entertainment

Whakaari - Level 3 links to the New Zealand Arts Curriculum, Drama (Toi Whakaari). The course is open to all students wishing to study Drama in a Māori context. 

This course develops the techniques of acting in the theatre and beyond. Students will use the Drama ‘elements’ and ‘techniques’ to create multiple devised and scripted performances in groups. There is a focus on live performance, and the interaction between audience and performer. Students are required to make some written judgments about how their own techniques and others’ communicates meaning.

** Credits in this course count towards UE Literacy (8r, 4w) **

No reira, tena koutou, tena koutou, tena tatou katoa.

Course Overview

Term 1
Wiremu Hekepia
The human behaviour described in William Shakespeare’s plays is both complex and familiar. Through exploring his plays in a Māori context, students discover characters as they experience gut-wrenching grief, love-at-first-sight, unbearable jealousy and heartbreak.

Term 2
New Zealand Theatre
In traditional Māori society, the whare tapere was a site for storytelling, dance, music and games.
Students will engage with the history of Māori theatre including pre-European; 1970s Māori activism and a wave of activity in Māori theatre; and the consolidation or Māori theatre in the 1990s.
Students may also explore Pacifika Theatre and New Zealand Theatre.

Term 3
Hanga te Whare Tapere - Devising.
Students devise and perform their own original drama. Devising involves improvisation as a key tool in exploring and selecting conventions to create elements of the drama.
The devising process involves an ongoing cycle of discussion, exploration, and experimentation.

Term 4
Revision and exam preparation