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​In this subject at Benowa State High School, drama is explored through the dimensions of forming, presenting and responding. These three dimensions are interrelated and complementary. The synthesis of these three dimensions enables students to create and communicate dramatic meaning.

When forming drama, students actively explore ideas through developing an understanding of the elements of drama and dramatic conventions. They learn to hypothesise, experiment and make judgment as they select and structure those elements and conventions to create and shape dramatic action.

When presenting drama. students use expressive communication processes to convey meaning effectively to an audience. Students develop and understanding of the nature and function of drama, a practical knowledge of dramatic form and style, and a range of acting and performance skills and techniques.

Through responding, students use written and oral processes to communicate their interpretation, critical analysis and evaluation of drama. In responding, students demonstrate their understanding and knowledge of dramatic action from outside or after the drama.

Units studied in drama

Year 8

  • Improvisation and theatresports
  • Melodrama

Year 9

  • Clowning and comedy
  • Ritual drama
  • Collage drama
  • Australian scripted drama

Year 10

  • 'Titanic' extended improvisation
  • Theatre for young people
  • Page-to-stage reinterpretation (Absurdism, performance poetry, physical theatre)
  • Theatre for adolescents

Year 11

  • Indigenous Australian drama
  • Forum theatre/theatre of the oppressed
  • Shakespearean and physical theatre
  • Australian gothic

Year 12

  • Brechitan theatre
  • Absurdism and physical theatre
  • Realism and expressionism
  • Verbatim theatre