List A

dramaah6q0702Drama is a vibrant and varied art form found in play, storytelling, street theatre, festivals, film, television, interactive games, performance art and theatres. It is one of the oldest art forms and part of our everyday life. Through taking on roles and enacting real and imagined events, performers engage audiences who suspend their disbelief to enter the world of the drama. Through drama, human experience is shared. Drama entertains, informs, communicates and challenges.

Students achieve outcomes through the key activities of creation, performance and reflection. They explore and communicate ideas and learn particular processes and skills to enable them to work with drama forms, styles, conventions and technologies. They reflect, respond and evaluate drama and become critical, informed audiences, understanding drama in the context of their own society and culture, drawing on a diverse range of drama from other cultures, places and times to enrich their inter cultural understanding.

The Drama ATAR course focuses on aesthetic understanding and drama in practice as students integrate their knowledge and skills. They use the elements and conventions of drama to develop and present ideas and explore personal and cultural issues. They engage in drama processes such as improvisation, playbuilding, text interpretation, playwriting and dramaturgy which allow them to create original drama and interpret a range of texts written or devised by others. Their work in this course includes production and design aspects involving sets, costumes, makeup, props, promotional materials, and sound and lighting. Increasingly, students use technologies such as digital sound and multimedia. They present drama to a range of audiences and work in different performance settings.

Students work independently and collaboratively, learning time management skills, showing initiative and demonstrating leadership and interpersonal skills. The Drama ATAR course requires them to develop and practice problem solving skills through creative and analytical thinking processes. They develop their capacity to respond to, reflect on, and make informed judgments using appropriate terminology and language to describe, analyse, interpret and evaluate drama, drawing on their understanding of relevant aspects of other art forms.

In this course, students engage in both Australian and world drama practice. They understand how drama has changed over time and will continue to change according to its cultural context. Through the Drama ATAR course, they can understand the experience of other times, places and cultures in an accessible, meaningful and enjoyable way. They understand the economic factors that affect drama practice and explore the vocational opportunities that drama offers.

While some students intend to make a career in drama and related fields, they also participate in drama for enjoyment and satisfaction. They experience the pleasure that comes from developing personal skills, knowledge and understandings that can be transferred to a range of careers and situations. The Drama ATAR course builds confidence, empathy, understanding about human experience, and a sense of identity and belonging. These are invaluable qualities for contemporary living.

Drama – Year 11 ATAR

Unit 1 Representational, Realist Drama

The focus for this unit is representational, realist drama. Students explore techniques of characterisation through different approaches to group based text interpretation, particularly those based on the work of Stanislavski and others. In this unit, students have the opportunity to research and collaboratively workshop, interpret, perform and produce texts in forms and styles related to representational, realistic drama that educate and present perspectives.

Unit 2 Presentational, Non-Realist Drama

The focus of this unit is presentational, non realist drama. Students explore techniques of role and/or character through different approaches to group based text interpretation, particularly those based on the work of Brecht and others. In this unit, students have the opportunity to research and collaboratively workshop, interpret and perform drama texts related to presentational, non realistic drama that challenge and question perspectives.

Drama – Year 12 ATAR

Unit 3 Reinterpretation of Drama for Contemporary Audiences

The focus for this unit is to reinterpret dramatic text, context, forms and styles for contemporary audiences through applying theoretical and practitioner approaches. This includes physical theatre approaches, such as Jacques Lecoq, Anne Bogart and Tadashi Suzuki and text based approaches, such as Theatre of the Absurd, Asian theatre and Poor Theatre. In this unit, students work on the reinterpretation of text, subtext, context, form and style through in depth study.

Unit 4 Contemporary and Devised Drama

The focus for this unit is interpreting, manipulating and synthesising a range of practical and theoretical approaches to contemporary and devised drama. This includes contemporary theatre approaches, such as Barrie Kosky and Robert Lepage and experimental approaches, such as Robert Wilson and VE Meyerhold. In this unit, students show their understanding of how a range of practical and theoretical approaches manipulate the elements of drama to devise and perform original work.

Drama @ PLC

The Drama Department of Presbyterian Ladies’ College is renowned for its reputable Drama programme and productions. The aim of our Drama programme is to build students’ proficiency in all facets of dramatic performance, so as to maximise competencies, skills and capacities, and to develop within each student a lifelong appreciation of theatre, to enrich their lives and the lives of others.

Course Weightings


•       Scenes, dialogues, scripted & devised monologues, improvisations


·       Tests and reviews.

Written examination

•       Typically conducted at the end of each semester and/or unit.

•       Year 12 – External examination

Practical examination

•       Typically conducted at the end of each semester and/or unit.

•       Year 12 – External examination





Original Solo Performance

4-6 minutes

Scripted Monologue

2-3 minutes

Spontaneous Improvisation

1-2 minutes

Interview2-3½ minutes 10%


Analysis and interpretation of a drama text

Short answers


Australian drama and World drama

Extended answer
One question from a choice of five


Performance Opportunities

All Year 11 Drama students will be involved in a Year 11 Curriculum play. Most of the rehearsals will take place during Drama lessons.


There is the expectation that all Drama students audition for the biannual school musical or play.

Subject Combination


Some subject combination might contribute to a successful career in the entertainment industry. E.g.:

Drama and Media – Film industry

Drama, Dance and Music – Musical Theatre

Drama and Textiles – Costume designer

Drama and Material Design – Set designer

Drama and Economics / Accounting and Finance – Producer

Drama and Law – Entertainment Lawyer


Career Opportunities

Except for the obvious career opportunities such as actor, director, TV presenters, theatre designer and technicians, Drama could develop the skills and knowledge you will need for the following careers:

Drama Therapist – Drama therapists use psychodrama, role-playing, drama games, puppets and more to treat their patients.

Lawyer – Especially trial lawyers need to employ a touch of theatrics to win cases, like analysis, observation, verbal dynamics, gesture, facial expression and storytelling.

Public Relations Specialist – Work to grab people’s attention and entertain them enough so they want to see the event being promoted.

Advertising/Marketing Executive – Work to grab people’s attention and entertain them enough so they want to purchase the product/service being advertised.

Events manager – Creates a dynamic, creative, sensory arresting environment for their clients.

Medical Practitioner – Understanding characters, roles and the subtext of plays allow students to relate better to different situations, backgrounds, and cultures. It encourages them to show compassion and tolerance for others. Acting and drama games allow students to express a range of emotions and encourage them to understand and deal with similar feelings people may be experiencing.

Hospitality / Tourism Industry – For each performance theatre practitioners attempt to create a unique theatrical experience for the audience and students learn to place the needs of the audience before theirs.

Web / Software Developer – Drama students learn innovation and creative problem solving, cooperation, concentration, and how abstract and/or complex ideas could be translated to create a tangible product.