Drama - Level 2

DRA2
Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Z. Creek

• Research the purposes of production, performance, and technologies of drama in a range of contexts, including New Zealand drama
• Explore how drama reflects our cultural diversity
• Select and refine the use of techniques, conventions, and technologies in specific dramatic forms
• Research, Critically evaluate, and refine ideas to develop drama in specific dramatic forms
• Rehearse and perform works in a range of dramatic forms
• Respond to and make critical judgments about rehearsal processes and performances

An example of credits available is listed below.


Course Overview

Term 1
Students will explore a theatre practitioner and use conventions of the practitioner to inform their own devised Drama. Performance of these pieces will be in front of a live invited adult audience. Students will be encouraged to use sound and lighting to enhance their pieces, working with technicians to realise a vision.

Term 2
An introduction to Stanislavsky's method through an exploration of American Realism, focusing on Arthur Miller's plays. Students will research the life and times of Arthur Miller, in order to understand the context of the world of the play. They will perform an extract from one of his plays in small groups, selecting appropriate techniques and conventions to evoke a realistic performance. Their understanding of American Realism as a theatre form will be tested in the mid-year examination, in preparation for the external.

Term 3
New Zealand theatre. After reading extracts from contemporary plays, and considering the style and structure of New Zealand theatre, students will explore effective use of techniques (voice, body, space, movement) within the context of presenting an extract from a New Zealand play.

At the end of the term students will revisit the Miller play and sit an end of year practice examination.

Term 4
Revision of Theatre Form: American Realism. Students will practise answering examination questions, in response to areas of development highlighted by the end of year examination.

Pathway

Drama - Level 3, Performing Arts Technology - Level 3 (Semester 1), Performing Arts Technology - Level 3 (Semester 2)

Prerequisites

Open - DRA 1 preferred


Credit Information
Assessment
Level
Internal or
External
Credits
L1 Literacy Credits UE Literacy Credits Numeracy Credits
A.S. 91216 v4 Drama 2.4 - Use complex performance skills associated with a drama or theatre form or period
2
I
4
Y
4r
A.S. 91215 v3 Drama 2.3 - Discuss a drama or theatre form or period with reference to a text
2
E
4
Y
4r,4w
A.S. 91214 v2 Drama 2.2 - Devise and perform a drama to realise an intention
2
I
5
Y
A.S. 91213 v2 Drama 2.1 - Apply drama techniques in a scripted context
2
I
4
Y
4r
Total Credits

Total Credits Available: 17 credits.
Externally Assessed Credits: 4 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 13 credits.

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