Level 2 Drama

Course Description

Teacher in Charge:

At the start of this full year course, students will enjoy a short unit focused on developing group cohesion using advanced theatre games and warm-up activities. They will use theatre presentation skills throughout the year, beginning with a close study of the work of a particular playwright, which will include a detailed look at changes in New Zealand society over the period of the 20th century and, particularly the late 70s to the early 90s.

By way of RESEARCH, IMPROVISATION  and/or SCRIPT WRITING, students will prepare an issue based presentation which they will PERFORM to a public audience.This unit carries 5 LEVEL 3 NCEA credits.The public performance, if it goes ahead, will require students to be available for at least 2 rehearsals and 2 performances outside of normal school hours. 

In conjunction with the performance, students also further develop their use of STAGE TECHNOLOGIES such as lighting, sound, set, costume and make-up. There will be a strong focus on the USE OF VOICE, BODY, MOVEMENT and SPACE during a DRAMA TECHNIQUES UNIT that also involves performance of a scene to an audience.

Learning Opportunities

In this course you will need to:

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  • Creativity.
  • The study of a New Zealand playwright. 
  • Personal confidence.
  • Social issues relevant to the students .
  • Collaborative group skills.
  • Drama techniques.
  • Physical, emotional and behavioural self-awareness.
  • A range of plays and playwrights.
  • Communication skills using voice and body.
  • Analysis of live performance.
  • Individual and collective responsibility.
  • Theatre form or genre.
  • Self discipline.
  • Technical production.
  • Technology literacy.
  • Rehearsal and performance.
  • Script writing skills.

  • Flexibility.

  • Initiative.

  • Productivity.


Year Levels/Departments:

Drama, Seniors

Resources Required

WGHS shorts and t-shirt (Same as for PE)
1 B8 Exercise book