Year 9 Drama is offered as an Arts elective. Four types of comedy are studied across three tasks – Commedia dell’Arte, slapstick, farce and satire.
Students study the origins, characters and plots of the Commedia dell’Arte, an Italian form of comedy popular from the mid-1500s to the mid-1700s. In undertaking this process, students organise a small theatrical production and become involved in acting, costume design, props, directing and multimedia.
Students also examine the development of comedy in the 20th Century. Comedy teams such as Laurel and Hardy, the Marx Brothers and the Three Stooges are studied, as well as individuals such as Rowan Atkinson, Charlie Chaplin and John Cleese.
Assessment tasks include a short solo performance, a self-devised ensemble performance and a scripted group performance. Skills acquired in this course include comic timing, physical comedy techniques and character work.
Successful completion of this course suitably prepares students with the necessary skills for either of the two Year 10 Drama courses or VCE Unit 1 and Unit 2 Drama (subject to acceleration requirements).
A student’s perspective:
Drama is a perfect subject to study if you have a lot of confidence or if you want to improve your acting and performing skills. By playing drama games, performing solo and in groups and writing your own scripts, you learn so much and you don’t even notice because you’re having so much fun! Not only do you learn how to perform and what makes a good performance, but you learn about the history of theatre and the different styles of it. Drama class really does help your acting and even writing skills.
Year 9 Student