Navigating Senior Drama

Navigating Senior Drama
Richard Baines (Compiling Editors) / Mike O'Brien
New South Wales
Year 11
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Helping students navigate their way through making, performing and appreciating drama in Year 11 to prepare them for Year 12.



Navigating Senior Drama effectively balances theory and practice for Year 11 students, offering solid theory sections for rigorous HSC preparation while still being student-friendly and engaging with plenty of practical work. Part One explores the core area of Playbuilding, including improvisation, the elements of drama, narrative, collage and issue-based playbuilding. Part Two provides an in-depth and integrated study of key dramatic contexts, including Commedia dell'Arte, Melodrama and Scripted Drama. Dramatic practices and elements are explored throughout each context in an integrated approach to the NSW syllabus content.

  • Covers key NSW Stage 6 syllabus areas in depth, with activities to help students apply what they have learned to specific syllabus topics rather than general drama topics.
  • Includes chapters devoted to the Individual Project and the Group Presentation, and guides students on the use of the logbook
  • Incorporates quality extracts from key players in drama - such as Jack Davis and Brecht - without touching on Year 12 texts.
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Introduction: The Elements of Navigating Senior Drama, How to use the logbook

Section 1 - The Core Texts - Australian Drama:

Chapter 1 - Australian Drama focusing on The Summer of the 17th Doll by Ray Lawler

Chapter 2 - Aboriginal Drama focusing on The Dreamers by Jack Davis

Section 2 - The Practical Course

Chapter 3 - The Individual Project

Chapter 4 - The Group Presentation

Section 3 - Further Texts - International Drama

Chapter 5 - Greek Theatre focusing on Antigone by Sophocles

Chapter 6 - Restoration Theatre focusing on The Man of Mode by George Etherege

Chapter 7 - Epic Theatre focusing on The Caucasian Chalk Circle by Brecht

Chapter 8 - American Theatre focusing on The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams.

Richard Baines (Compiling Editors)

Richard has taught Drama and English in schools in Australia, Kenya and England, and has written and directed plays for school presentation for over thirty years. He has performed in pieces from classical theatre to musicals and vaudeville and co-written English and Drama school texts.

Mike O'Brien