Year 11 Drama - Maori theatre
Teacher in Charge: W. Walker
For a taste of what Maori Theatre is and what involvement in the subject may lead to in Years 12 and/or 13 view the Waiora promotional video.
This course will occur over two terms. Mr Walker and will share responsibility for the teaching of it with Mr Walker providing the script studies, rehearsal and performance guidance for the English based texts and Whaea Ringi providing the knowledge and guidance for the Maori language text. Throughout the course, it is expected that the class will perform the role of STUDENT AS TEACHER.
Whenever possible, Maori actors, directors, playwrights and screenwriters who pass through the north will be invited to speak to the class.
The course will lightly cover history of Maori Theatre including:
- Pre-European Maori performance
- Agit-prop Maori street theatre
- Maori in conventional professional theatre
- Maori in plays by Pakeha playwrights
- Maori and Toi Whakaari
- The birth of the Maori voice in professional NZ theatre
- The establishment of Taki Rua Theatre
- Maori playwrights and their plays, including:
- The voice of wahine through theatre
- Hone Kouka and the establishment of Maori theatre as a genre
- Maori theatre and it's international audience
- Maori theatre and its connection to Maori film
It will also have a strong emphasis on practical theatre, including:
DEVISING AND PERFORMANCE OF ORIGINAL STORIES based on student experience, insight and/or interest.
REHEARSAL AND PERFORMANCE of a selection of scenes from plays by Maori playwrights.
The study, rehearsal and PERFORMANCE OF MAORI TIKANGA elements such as HAKA and WAIATA within the texts studied.
This course will help prepare students for:
- Year 12 Maori Theatre
- Year 12 Drama
- Year 12 Performing Arts Technology
- Year 12 The Camera and Peformance