Year 11
Year 11
Bright Classroom

VCE Drama Units 1 & 2

Unit 1: Introducing performance styles

In this unit students study three or more performance styles from a range of social, historical and cultural contexts. They examine drama traditions of ritual and storytelling to devise performances that go beyond re-creation and/or representation of real life as it is lived.

This unit focuses on creating, presenting and analysing a devised ensemble performance that includes real or imagined characters and is based on stimulus material that reflects personal, cultural and community experiences and stories. This unit also involves analysis of a student’s own performance work and a work by professional drama performers.

Students apply play-making techniques to shape and give meaning to their performance. They manipulate expressive and performance skills in the creation and presentation of characters, and develop awareness and understanding of how characters are portrayed in a range of performance styles. They document the processes they use as they explore a range of stimulus material, and experiment with production areas, dramatic elements, conventions and performance styles.

In this unit the terms character, performance, story and style may be understood as one or more characters, performances, stories or styles.

Outcome 1

On completion of this unit the student should be able to devise and document ensemble drama works based on experiences and/or stories.

Outcome 2

On completion of this unit the student should be able to perform devised drama works to an audience.

Outcome 3

On completion of this unit the student should be able to analyse the development, and the performance to an audience, of their devised work.

Outcome 4

On completion of this unit the student should be able to analyse the presentation of ideas, stories and characters in a drama performance by professional or other drama practitioners.

Unit 2: Australian identity

In this unit students study aspects of Australian identity evident in contemporary drama practice. This may also involve exploring the work of selected drama practitioners and associated performance styles. This unit focuses on the use and documentation of the processes involved in constructing a devised solo or ensemble performance. Students create, present and analyse a performance based on a person, an event, an issue, a place, an artwork, a text and/or an icon from a contemporary or historical Australian context.

In creating the performance, students use stimulus material that allows them to explore an aspect or aspects of Australian identity. They examine selected performance styles and explore the associated conventions. Students further develop their knowledge of the conventions of transformation of character, time and place, the application of symbol, and how these conventions may be manipulated to create meaning in performance and the use of dramatic elements and production areas.

Students analyse their own performance work as well as undertaking an analysis of a performance of an Australian work, where possible, by professional actors.

An Australian work might:

• be written, adapted or devised by Australian writers or theatre-makers

• reflect aspects of Australian identity, for example the voice of Australia’s first peoples, the Celtic perspective, the twentieth or twenty-first century migrant experience, the refugee experience, urban and rural perspectives. Across this unit, students study performance styles from a range of historical and/or social and/or cultural contexts. In this unit the terms character, performance, story and style may be understood as one or more characters, performances, stories or styles.

Outcome 1

On completion of this unit the student should be able to devise and document the processes used to create a solo performance that reflects an aspect or aspects of Australian identity and contemporary drama practice.

Outcome 2

On completion of this unit the student should be able to present a devised performance that reflects aspects of Australian identity and contemporary drama practice.

Outcome 3

On completion of this unit the student should be able to analyse the development, and performance to an audience, of their devised work.

Outcome 4

On completion of this unit the student should be able to analyse and evaluate a performance of a drama work by Australian practitioners.