Year 13 Drama

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: W. Walker

Content: The following aspects of theatre history and theatre are taught on the fly, throughout the course. Only those elements directly related to the practical units of work are formally assessed. Students will learn:

  • Theatre history, examining both the theory and practical nature of theatre history in New Zealand and in the wider western world.
  • Modern theatre styles and theorists e.g. Stanislavski; Brecht, Godber.
  • Improvisation
  • Study of significant playwrights.

Students will be required to: 

  • Devise a drama
  • Perform a role in a full-length play
  • View professional theatre 
  • Analyse a live performance they see in 2021

Students will also have the opportunity to:

  • Direct a short play
  • Write a script.
  • Improve physical characterisation through movement and body awareness exercises.
  • Develop their use of space through formal exercises and teacher feedback
  • Develop vocal production through formal exercises and teacher guidance. 
  • Participate in outside school competitions such as the Sheilah Shakespeare festival and Dare to Devise.
  • Meet and interview current professional theatre, film and television practitioners (writers, directors, actors, manager, production technicians), whenever the possibility arises.  

Skills: Students will extend and improve upon their drama skills and theatre knowledge. They will continue to develop their script interpretation, production and performance skills. 

Budgeting and budget management skills are developed with most technical production roles. 


  1. A full-scale major production will depend on the demonstrated desire, reliability and commitment of the students who take the course. This will be monitored and assessed during Term One when students will be devising in groups.
  2. Should there not be a full-scale Graduation Production, students will still be able to secure performance credits by performing a run of a rehearsed play for an invited audience during the week allocated for production.

Students will be required to attend rehearsals outside of normal school hours and will be advised of these dates and likely times at the commencement of the course. Inability to commit to extracurricular dates will prohibit involvement in the course.

Contributions and Equipment

Specific requirements for this class are:
2 2B8 Exercise Books OR 2 1B8 Exercise Book

Recommended Prior Learning

A minimum of three Level 2 Drama Achievement Standards. The student must have achieved credits for AS 91218 (perform a substantial acting role in a scripted production). If a student has not achieved AS 91218 and at least two other Level 2 standards she may only be accepted to 13DRA after an interview by the HOD Drama. The reliability of her attendance at rehearsals during the Level 2 performance/production standard will be taken into account.

Credit Information

This course is eligible for subject endorsement.

This course is approved for University Entrance.

Internal or
L1 Literacy Credits UE Literacy Credits Numeracy Credits
A.S. 91512 v2 Drama 3.1 - Interpret scripted text to integrate drama techniques in performance
4r *
A.S. 91513 v2 Drama 3.2 - Devise and perform a drama to realise a concept
A.S. 91517 v2 Drama 3.6 - Perform a substantial acting role in a significant production
5r *
A.S. 91518 v3 Drama 3.7 - Demonstrate understanding of live drama performance
4w *
A.S. 91519 v2 Drama 3.8 - Script a drama suitable for live performance
5w *
A.S. 91520 v2 Drama 3.9 - Direct a drama performance
5r *
Total Credits
Approved subject for University Entrance

Number of credits that can be used for overall endorsement: 28

* Only students engaged in learning and achievement derived from Te Marautanga o Aotearoa are eligible to be awarded these subjects as part of the requirement for 14 credits in each of three subjects.

Total Credits Available: 28 credits.
Externally Assessed Credits: 4 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 24 credits.