Drama

“Drama expresses human experience through a focus on role, action, and tension, played out in time and space. In drama education, students learn to structure these elements and to use dramatic conventions, techniques, and technologies to create imagined worlds. Through purposeful play, both individual and collaborative, they discover how to link imagination, thoughts, and feelings.

As students work with drama techniques, they learn to use spoken and written language with increasing control and confidence and to communicate effectively using body language, movement, and space. As they perform, analyse, and respond to different forms of drama and theatre, they gain a deeper appreciation of their rich cultural heritage and language and new power to examine attitudes, behaviours, and values.
By means of the drama that they create and perform, students reflect and enrich the cultural life of their schools, whānau, and communities.” - New Zealand Curriculum

At John McGlashan College, the Drama Department provides a safe environment where students can express themselves creatively with integrity and conviction.

Participation is stimulated with physical activities and topical themes targeting the specific interests of our boys.

Students practise relating to others respectfully in a range of contexts and roles.

Values of honesty, tolerance and concern for others are promoted to develop a positive sense of community. Boys will be expected to work hard and think carefully about planning, presenting and reflecting.

The language of symbols and texts in drama will be explored in order to expand and refine our student’s capacity to communicate effectively.

 

FUTURE STUDIES/CAREER OPTIONS

  • Variety of tertiary courses in theatre, performing arts, drama, dance, music, art and media studies...
  • Excellent ‘companion’ course for industries that involve people e.g. law, education, politics, health, hospitality, sports, media, business, tourism, management…
  • Careers such as; stage manager, T.V / Radio commentator/reporter/presenter, playwright, set/lighting/costume designer or technician, actor, director, editor, cameraman, critic/reviewer…
  • Increases employability by developing key competencies such as managing self, relating to others, participating and contributing in a practical environment

 

“The stage is not merely the meeting place of all the arts,
but is also the return of art to life.”
- Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

Devising in the Dunedin Slice of Life Exhibition

Our Year 13 Drama students were very fortunate to be able to use the Dunedin Slice of Life exhibition at Toitu Otago Settlers Museum for their major devising work during term three.

Posted: Monday October 31, 2016

"A player who makes a team great is more valuable than a great player"

One of the greatest challenges in teamwork is creating an atmosphere where people work together efficiently, collaborate effectively, and respect one another.

Posted: Thursday September 8, 2016

Backstage Pass - bringing professional theatre into the classroom

New Fortune Theatre initiative  seeks to allow more performing arts students from around the South Island to experience the wonders of professional theatre, without even stepping out of the classroom.

Posted: Monday August 8, 2016

Improv this!

Junior and senior improvisation students extend their Theatresports skills with the help of local improv legends.

Posted: Tuesday August 2, 2016