Theatre Studies Units 3 & 4
Theatre Studies focuses on the interpretation of playscripts and the production of plays from the premodern era to the present day. Students apply stagecraft including acting, to study the nature, diversity and characteristics of theatre as an art form. Throughout the study students work with playscripts in both their written form and in performance. They learn about the times, places and cultures of key theatrical developments and develop awareness of the traditions and histories of theatre. This knowledge is applied through use of stagecraft to collaboratively interpret playscripts in performance. Through contribution to the production of plays and performance of a monologue, students also develop knowledge and understanding of theatrical styles. This knowledge and understanding is further developed by analysis and evaluation of their own productions and productions by professional theatre practitioners. Theatre Studies provides students with pathways to further studies in fields such as theatre production and theatre design, script writing and studies in theatre history.
Unit 3: Production development
This unit focuses on an interpretation of a playscript through the four designated stages of production: planning, production development, production season, and production evaluation. Students specialise in two areas of stagecraft, working collaboratively in order to realise the production of a playscript. They analyse the influence of stagecraft on the shaping of the production. Students also attend a performance selected from the prescribed Theatre Studies Unit 3 Playlist published annually in the VCAA Bulletin, and analyse and evaluate the interpretation of the playscript in the performance.
The term ‘playscript’ refers to play/s and/or excerpts from play/s.
In this unit stagecraft includes acting, costume, direction, dramaturgy, lighting, make-up, multimedia, properties, promotion (including publicity), set, sound and stage management. In this unit, students apply two areas of stagecraft across the four designated stages of production to interpret a playscript. They also analyse the influence of the areas of stagecraft they have selected on the shaping of the production across the four stages of the production process.
For Outcome 1 students form a production team to collaboratively interpret a playscript for performance to an audience. More than one student may specialise in each area of stagecraft, and schools may decide to only focus on some areas of stagecraft. These decisions will be influenced by the playscript selected for interpretation and/or the size of the class.
On completion of this unit the student should be able to apply stagecraft to interpret a playscript for performance to an audience and demonstrate understanding of the stages of the production process.
On completion of this unit the student should be able to analyse the use of stagecraft in the development of a playscript for production, incorporating the specifications appropriate for each stage of the production process.
On completion of this unit the student should be able to analyse and evaluate ways in which a written playscript selected from the prescribed playlist is interpreted in its production to an audience.
Theatre Studies Unit 3 & 4
Unit 4: Performance interpretation
In this unit students study a scene and associated monologue from the Theatre Studies Performance Examination (monologue list) published annually by the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority, and develop a theatrical brief that includes the creation of a character by an actor, stagecraft possibilities, and appropriate research. Students interpret a monologue from within a specified scene through acting and other appropriate areas of stagecraft. Students attend a performance selected from the prescribed Theatre Studies Unit 4 Playlist published annually in the VCAA Bulletin and analyse and evaluate acting in the production.
For Outcomes 1 and 2 students should select a play title from the Theatre Studies Performance Examination (monologue list) published annually by the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority. The list will consist of a set of prescribed play titles, a specified scene from each play and a selected monologue from that scene. Students select one scene from one play and analyse and evaluate its content. The plays on the monologue list will be selected from a range of periods of theatre history and include a variety of performance styles and theatrical traditions that reflect the period in which the works were originally developed.
In this unit, the term ‘scene’ refers to a designated segment/s of a playscript selected from the Theatre Studies Performance Examination (monologue list).
In this unit stagecraft includes acting, costume, direction, dramaturgy, make-up, multimedia, properties, set, and sound. Note, in this unit, appropriate stagecraft does not include lighting, stage management or promotion (including publicity).
On completion of this unit the student should be able to perform an interpretation of a monologue from a playscript.
On completion of this unit the student should be able to develop a theatrical brief that presents an interpretation of a scene.
On completion of this unit the student should be able to analyse and evaluate acting in a production from the prescribed playlist.