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Western Area HSC Drama Study Day

Year 12 Kelso High Drama students attended the Western area Drama study day on the 8th of May. Students from the Western region converged at Denison College Bathurst High Campus to learn what exactly the HSC markers will look for in their essays, their Individual Performances and their Group Performances. Led by renowned Drama teacher and past HSC marker Costa Loucopoulos, students’ refined their essay writing skills and enhanced their understanding of the criteria for their Individual Projects. In the afternoon students collaborated with students from other schools to create short Group Performances from tableau work. An amazing day for discovering new ideas and new dramatic techniques!

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HSC Drama – Term 2 2015
At the start of Term 2 HSC Drama students are allowed to start work on their Group Performance. One of the core components of the HSC drama course students work as a collaborative group to develop their own original performance. Provided only with simple stimulus to start with the groups brainstorm, develop, devise and refine a 10 minute performance that will be externally examined by HSC markers.

To kick start this process students from Bathurst High Campus and Kelso High Campus attended a group devising workshop with local theatre practitioner and CSU Theatre/Media lecturer Adam Deusien. As the co-founder and director of Physical Theatre company LinguaFranca, Adam focused on enhancing students’ physical movement as a stimulus for the devising process. Throughout the workshop students’ participated in exercises that focused their understanding and ability to utilise physicality and improvisation. Students explored the power of focus, physical response, spatial relationships, dynamic shapes and impulsive physicality as ways to approach their performance project.

It was amazing to see the dynamic skills developed by the students in a short 3 hour workshop. What a great skill set to gain before entering this collaborative devising process!

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Drama Camp – Term 2 2015

On the first week back of Term 2 three students from Kelso High Campus attended the Western Drama Camp at Lake Burrendong Sports and Recreation Centre. Held over four days from April 19th through to Wednesday the 22nd  over 40 Drama students from Year 7 – 12 came together to share four days of Drama!

The Drama Camp focused on deepening students’ knowledge and dramatic experience through a range of workshops focused on vocal dynamics, characterisation and physical theatre training. Working with Drama teachers and professional actors the students engaged in workshops, TheatreSports competitions and Playbuilding performances. Playbuilding is a form of theatre that requires students to create their own original piece of theatre. Working with new friends from different schools and different regions students at the camp were required to create a 10 minute performance from a one-word stimulus word.

Tabetha Lord, Hannah Chapman and Emily Sennett represented Kelso High Campus at the camp. Their play built performance with students from Year 7 – 9 explored the ‘reality’ of fairytales. Hilarious and engaging the performance was a hit! All three students represented the school as dynamic performers, set on enhancing and refining their performance skills. Well done girls!