Drama - Level 3

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Ms Z. Creek

• Research, analyse, and critically evaluate how drama, including New Zealand drama, interprets, records, or challenges social and cultural discourse.
• Research, analyse and integrate elements, techniques, conventions, and technologies in dramatic forms for specific purposes.
• Research, critically valuate, and refine ideas to create original drama work.
• Analyse, rehearse, and perform works in a range of dramatic forms, assuming a variety of artistic or technical responsibilities.
• Reflect on and critically evaluate a wide range of works and performances.

An example of credits available is listed below.

Course Overview

Term 1
Students will explore contemporary theatre, from a range of cultural perspectives, including Māori, Pacifika, South African, and British. They are encouraged to explore creative ways to stage extracts, drawing upon Stanislavsky, Artaud, Brecht, and Berkoff as influencing practitioners.

Term 2
Brechtian Epic Theatre. Students will study Brecht's theory through a practical exploration of a 'A Caucasian Chalk Circle'. Culminating in a performance demonstating Epic Theatre conventions. Research into the life and times of the practitioner, will reinforce understanding of the play.

Term 3
Devising social and political theatre. Students are exposed to a number of practical workshops on Theatre style. For example, using Banksy art as a stimulus for devising, students create scenes which depict a political message, drawing on Brechtian conventions. Or, using war stories as a stimulus for scenes on PTSD, using Artaud's Theatre of Cruelty.

Term 4
Revision of 'The Caucasian Chalk Circle' in preparation for the external examination. For students wanting to enter scholarship, they will select, re-draft, and refine two pieces they have done throughout the year to prepare for the exam. Students who are struggling to meet the standard for external examinations can be withdrawn from the exam and submitted for a written internal (AS91519 Write a Script).


Open - DRA2 preferred

Credit Information
Internal or
L1 Literacy Credits UE Literacy Credits Numeracy Credits
A.S. 91512 v2 Drama 3.1 - Interpret scripted text to integrate drama techniques in performance
4r *
A.S. 91513 v2 Drama 3.2 - Devise and perform a drama to realise a concept
A.S. 91514 v4 Drama 3.3 - Interpret a text from a prescribed playwright to demonstrate knowledge of a theatre form or period
4r,4w *
A.S. 91515 v2 Drama 3.4 - Select and use complex performance skills associated with a drama form or period
4r *
Total Credits
Approved subject for University Entrance

Number of credits that can be used for overall endorsement: 17

* Only students engaged in learning and achievement derived from Te Marautanga o Aotearoa are eligible to be awarded these subjects as part of the requirement for 14 credits in each of three subjects.

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


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