Year 9 – Drama

Length: Single Semester or Full Year
Contact: Arts Leader

Course Description

Within this subject, students have the opportunity to be involved in both on-stage and off-stage roles, including developing props, costumes, lighting and other Stagecraft roles. The full year stream of Year 9 Drama is divided up into four areas of study. Students will begin by revising the elements of drama. Students will then apply this knowledge to analyse creations from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander dramatists. Following this, students will have the opportunity to study the twin sides of drama: comedy and tragedy.

Elements of Drama

During this section of study, students will engage in revision to enhance their understanding of the elements of drama. This unit will require students to work in groups during formative learning and summative performances.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander dramatists

Students will apply their knowledge of the elements of drama to analyse texts from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander dramatists. Students will be required to evaluate how successful the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander dramatists are in conveying their purpose to their target audience.


The art of Commedia dell’arte is the major focus of this unit of work. This involves understanding and creating the classic comedic characters of Commedia, which have become the basis of so much of our theatre offerings. Students will work on their movement, acting skills, and create scenarios.


The opposite of Commedia is Naturalistic Drama. This is the form of acting that is most common in films and plays. Students will come to understand how a tragedy is structured.

Assessment (Per Semester)

Year 9 Students are assessed according to The Arts Achievement Standards outlined in the Australian Curriculum, with A-E Grades used for reporting.

Assessment types comprise: Performances, Analyses and Drama journal.

Leads To

Year 10 Drama