Drama provides an outlet for imagination and individuality in an energetic and innovative atmosphere whilst building students' confidence and their understanding of the world around them. The Drama classroom is a lively and artistic environment, allowing students to explore their creativity and turn their imaginative ideas into theatre for performance. Students create, perform, design and produce Drama works in various forms and styles. Through the application of subject specific skills, conventions and terminology, students develop an appreciation for their own work and that of their peers.

Year 7

In Year 7, students explore the basics of drama performance skills. They develop an understanding of narrative, voice, movement and improvisation. Through practical workshops and activities, they work to improve and refine their skills to lead them to their two key performance tasks. Through exploration of Fractured Fairytales and Melodrama, students learn to reflect on both their own work and that of their peers through verbal and written means of communication.

Year 8

Year 8 Drama students look closely at the classic performance style of Commedia Dell'Arte. Loosely translated to the 'art of comedy', this Italian style of improvised performance trains students in slapstick comedy, presentational performance and prepares them for further studies in physical theatre.

Year 9

The Year 9 Drama course assists students in refining their performance and script writing skills. They develop an understanding of the Arts through practical activities and investigation tasks, with a particular focus on Ancient Greek Theatre. Students reflect on their own work through both verbal and written means and respond also to the work of their peers.

Year 10

The focus for this unit is forms and styles of theatre. This unit aims to explore Epic Theatre, Realism and Elizabethan Theatre and develop student understanding for both representational and presentational acting styles. Students perform both scripted and original drama works to advance both their vocal and physical acting techniques. Students discover the roles of; playwright, director, costume designer and lighting designer and explore these production roles through practical application.

Year 10 Drama is strongly recommended for students wishing to study any of the WACE Drama courses in Years 11 and 12.

General Drama Year 11

Over the course of Years 11 and 12, students will complete 4 units of study. These units cover the key forms and styles of theatre with a heavy focus on realist and non-realist performance and production. Students will study various plays in this course and perform both scripted pieces and originsl works based on the studied text. Students will also further their knowledge on visual elements and principles of design through their investigation of production roles including; director, costume designer, lighting designer, scenographer and sound designer.

ATAR Drama Year 12

Units 1-4 of ATAR Drama explore various Australian and world texts incorporating performance of and an in-depth study looking at the playwrights forces, use of subtext, conventions and style. Students take on many roles of the theatre throughout this course including; actor, director, playwright, dramaturge, costume designer, lighting designer, scenographer, and stage manager. Students are challenged to interpret the work of others' and create their own work both individually and in small groups, including an original solo performance in Unit 4 for their practical WACE Examination.

Co curricular

Students in Years 7-12 who take Drama as a subject are involved in drama night, which takes place in term 3 of each school year. This showcase is an opportunity for students to present the performance pieces they have been working on for class assessments. It also acts as a ''dress rehearsal' for Years 11 and 12 students who perform their scripted monologues and original solo performance in preparation for their practical examinations.

Extra curricular

  • Tranby College Drama department works on a two-year cycle. In the first year of this cycle, we stage a hit musical in collaboration with the Dance, Music and Visual Arts departments. The following year, we offer students the opportunity to be involved in a smaller scale production.
  • This year students are rehearsing for the Middle Years show, involving Years 7, 8 and 9 students and the Senior Years show involving Years 10, 11 and 12 students.
  • It is not a requirement to take Drama as a subject to be involved in these productions, we encourage any student big or small to dip their toe in the water and give it a go.