Theatre Studies

Unit One - Pre-modern Theatre

This unit focuses on the application of acting and other stagecraft in relation to theatrical styles of the pre-modern era.

Students work with playscripts from the pre-modern era of theatre, focusing on works created up to 1920 in both their written form and in performance. They also study theatrical and performance analysis and apply these skills to the analysis of a play in performance.

Unit Two - Modern Theatre

In this unit students study theatrical styles and stagecraft through working with playscripts in both their written form and in performance with an emphasis on the application of stagecraft. Students work with playscripts from the modern era, focusing on works from the 1920s to the present. They study theatrical analysis and production evaluation and apply these skills to the analysis of a play in performance.

Unit Three - Playscript Interpretation

In this unit students develop an interpretation of a playscript through the stages of the theatrical production process: planning, development and presentation.

Students specialise in two areas of stagecraft, working collaboratively in order to realise the production of a playscript. They use knowledge they develop from this experience to analyse the ways stagecraft can be used to interpret previously unseen playscript excerpts. Students also attend a performance selected from the prescribed VCE Theatre Studies Unit 3 Playlist.

Unit Four - Performance Interpretation

In this unit students study a scene and associated monologue from the Theatre Studies Stagecraft Examination Specifications published annually by the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority, and develop a theatrical treatment that includes the creation of a character by an actor, stagecraft possibilities, and appropriate research.

Students interpret a monologue from within a specified scene using selected areas of stagecraft to realise their interpretation.