Dramatic Art



Dramatic Art
 “True education flowers at the point when delight falls in love with responsibility.”

Dramatic Arts as described in the curriculum is:

• The study of the representation of human experience in dramatic form for an audience. This study integrates practical experiences and competencies with the study of texts in context and theatre practices. Learners explore how dramatic and theatrical elements are selected and combined for particular purposes within diverse contexts, with a focus on the role of the dramatic arts in South Africa.

• Learners acquire specific capabilities of expressing and communicating through the dramatic arts including skills in improvisation, vocal and physical communication and expressiveness, the creation and presentation of performances, the analysis and interpretation of texts in context, and the study of dramatic practices, processes and products.

• Dramatic Arts prepares learners for entry into further studies for a possible career in the drama (or related arts) field, while equipping learners with crucial life skills such as self-confidence, creativity, communication skills, self-discipline, critical and creative thinking, leadership and teamwork which will benefit the individual in any field or future interest.

The specific aims for Grade 10 - 12:

• To develop the human instrument (body/voice/mind/emotions) as an instrument of expression, communication and creativity.
• Develop drama skills, techniques and processes to experiment with and shape dramatic elements meaningfully both individually and with others.
• Create and present dramatic products across a range of modes (lyrical, narrative, and dramatic) and styles (realistic, heightened).
• To understand and analyse principles and elements of drama in texts and performances in context, in South Africa and the world.
• To reflect on and evaluate their own and others’ dramatic processes, practices and products.
• To develop insight into how the dramatic arts affirm, challenge and celebrate values, cultures and identities.
• Engage with contemporary issues through the dramatic arts.
• To promote social, cultural and personal development.
• To encourage students to have a questioning spirit and be anti-discriminatory in their worldview.
• To expose students to a wide range of accessible, relevant and challenging learning contexts and activities.

Overview of Broad Topics

Broad Topic 1 Personal Resources These are essentially practical in nature
Broad Topic 2 Acting and performance
Broad Topic 3 Performance text in context These are essentially theoretical in nature, although they can be experienced and understood through practical learning experiences.
Broad Topic 4 Theatre production

Academic Objectives for Dramatic Arts

• to build self-esteem, confidence and resilience
• to encourage a positive work ethic among the pupils
• to instill a love for the Performing Arts
• to improve the communication skills of the pupils
• to foster moral and social awareness and develop creativity in the pupils
• to develop critical thinking and the skills by which pupils are able to assess their environment and form independent views and attitudes towards social, environmental and political issues and to teach life skills wherever possible
• to prepare pupils for the academic challenges of tertiary education
• to achieve a 100% pass rate at the end of the year if feasible


Career Paths and Opportunities
Drama is an inclusive and holistic art form. In performance it involves all aspects of the human being, including the voice, body, intellect, emotions, creativity and spirit, as well as our social skills of interaction, communication, active listening and empathy. It also draws on the other art forms, using music and sound, movement and dance, visual arts and design.

When studying drama, learners learn about aspects of life which form part of many other disciplines, including:

• Sociology
• Fashion
• Psychology
• Language and Literature
• History
• Popular Culture
• Politics
• Philosophy
• Economics
• Religion
• Architecture • Ethics
• Law Multimedia

No wonder drama is so much fun to do, to watch and to be part of!

Date: Monday, 23 May 2016 14:17