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Year 8 Drama

Drama: Playmaking

Elective Unit

Unit Description

Drama develops personal and social identity — people tell stories, explore ideas, make sense of their worlds and communicate meaning through drama. 

This course fosters student creativity, as they work collaboratively to devise original theatre works. They explore naturalistic and non-naturalistic theatrical conventions to help them respond to different ideas and create meaning for an audience. Students learn about the dramatic elements and how these can shape a performance. 

Characterisation is vitally important to playmaking and students learn to use the expressive skills of voice, gesture, movement and facial expression to realise their ideas in a performance. Students go on an excursion to view a professional production during the course of the semester.   

In this subject the process is just as important as the final performance. Students have the opportunity to experience the roles of theatre-maker, performer, director, designer and critic. The playmaking process immerse the student in the world of the drama. 

Please note: Students are required to choose at least one Elective unit from Drama or Music either in Year 8 or Year 9.


  • Creating and presenting a devised performance.
  • Recording and documenting playmaking techniques.
  • Analysing a professional production.