Information for Years 9, 10 and 11 students

Drama offers an exciting and practical study in which students learn through experience and develop the confidence to participate in a range creative activities. Through a combination of practical and theoretical study, students develop skills in performance and characterization and create engaging pieces of theatre.

Students will have the opportunity to work in our state of the art facilities, support other co-curricular productions on campus and further enrich their study through excursions to the theatre and visits by professional practitioners and groups.


Head of Department: Pia Midgley
Email: pmidgley@barker.nsw.edu.au


Year 9


The overarching goal of Year 9 Drama is to develop confidence and understanding through performance based assessment. Drama provides experiences in which the intellect, emotions, imagination and body are all involved and developed through expression, observation, performance and reflection. Students are encouraged to view live theatre and to participate actively in the School’s co-curricular Drama program including the Year 9 Play and other initiatives such as Theatresports, ‘The Winter Playhouse’ and technical production crews.

Year 9 Drama is a complete course and not a prerequisite for entry into the Year 10 Drama course or 2 Unit HSC Drama course. However, it is regarded as invaluable preparation for senior Drama.

Areas studied

Ancient Greek Theatre - Where it all began; the birth of character - physical and vocal storytelling with a modern twist.

Australian History - Building the courage of each student to offer and accept ideas/listening skills/vocal skills/playbuilding and improvisation using our own Australian stories as a base.

Comedy Styles- From Shakespearean comedy to the characters of Commedia dell’arte; workshopping and exploring a range of comedic styles and skills through voice and physicality as well as clowning and physical slapstick.

What does Drama offer a student?

• Rigorous academic challenges: The opportunity to develop skills in critical analysis and personal reflection 

• LIFE SKILLS: Self-esteem, confidence, courage, poise, public-speaking skills, collaboration, spontaneity, and self-expression 

• Challenging your comfort zone and encouraging you to consider different perspectives on life by working in groups with peers

• Development of interpersonal skills to help lead, manage and support different personalities and opinions



Assessment Structure
Ancient Greek Theatre Group Performance
Australian History  Individual Performance
Commedia and Shakespeare Duologue Performance
Film  Group Film Project

The assessment in Drama includes:

• Practical Performance assessments
• Hand-in tasks and presentations

Year 10


Drama helps build life skills such as quick thinking, empathy, flexibility, problem solving, self-expression and collaborating with a wide range of people. Drama also helps improve self-esteem in an environment where students are constantly discovering how to be creative and innovative, and to strive for excellence.
The aim of the Drama course is to provide students with performance and production experiences that encourage them to imagine, create and communicate ideas and stories in a variety of theatrical forms.

The course helps build a solid foundation for students contemplating Drama for the HSC, for those who want to foster and improve their confidence and presentation skills and students wanting to enter careers in the performing arts.

Through a combination of practical and theoretical study students develop skills in performance and characterisation, learning how to create engaging pieces of theatre by making, performing and appreciating.

Students may study Year 10 Drama without having previously taken it in Year 9. 

Course Outline:

• Political Theatre: Students will explore different styles of political theatre in order to devise their own group performance based on Australian political and social issues.

• Music Theatre and Shakespeare: Students learn to deconstruct text in order to perform a convincing scene or song with a partner as well as performing and analysing different theatrical styles. They then study directing and design and learn to conceive and create set, costume, film or poster designs for their own production of a play or musical.

• Mockumentary: In groups students create, script, film, act and edit their own Mockumentary style short film.

Assessment Structure

The assessment in Drama includes:

• Practical, Performance assessments
• Hand-in tasks and presentations

Year 11

Preliminary Course

1. Realism
Students explore the style of Realism, specifically the work of Consatntin Stansilavski as well as Henrik Ibsen and modern Realist playwrights and practioners in order to create and perform their own individual performance and to present a folio of directorial choices.

2. Non-Realism/Expressionism
Through the practical study of Absurdism, Expressionism and Physical Theatre (Clowning) students develop a deeper understanding of how Non-Realistic theatre can transport an udience into their sub-conscious as well as make them think about World issues.

Because of the group performance element in Senior drama, it is essential students are able to demonstrate they can work collaboratively with others. Students who have difficulty working in a team, performing or sharing ideas with others should consider their choice of this subject very carefully.

Assessment Structure

Assessment Overview for Year 11

• An Individual Performance and Director’s Folio 
• An individually marked Group Performance
• An end of year examination

Assessment Overview for HSC Course

• Development of an Individual Performance or Individual Project (choose one of ten options)
• An individually marked Group Performance
• A Written Examination