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VCE Drama

‘Playing’ with the Conventions of Commedia dell Arte

Our VCE Drama students are currently preparing for their first Outcome, a self devised ensemble performance. To support their process and extend their knowledge of performance styles, students have participated in workshops exploring a range of styles including Epic Theatre, Physical Theatre, Theatre of Cruelty and Commedia dell Arte. We were very fortunate to have Rosa Campagnaro, the Director of Make a Scene Theatre Company, visit Siena College last week to facilitate a three hour practical workshop with our students. The workshop covered the historical context and origins of the style, the stock characters and importance of mask and the absurdity and comical conventions of the style. It was wonderful to see the students extend themselves physically and ‘play’ with the conventions. They will now consolidate and embed this knowledge into their own performance work.

Top Class Drama: An Excursion to Inspire

VCE Drama students visited the Playhouse Theatre on Wednesday, 13 March as part of VCAA's Season of Excellence concerts and exhibitions. Our students viewed and analysed a range of highly skilled Drama students perform their solo work to an enthusiastic audience. The Chief Assessor for Drama was also present and shared a number of important tips and gave advice to students about how to approach the task. This extended learning opportunity works to inspire our students as they will begin preparing for their own solo examination next term. 


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