Theatre Studies

Theatre Studies is offered as a VCE subject. It is aimed at students seeking employment or skills in the area of performance.

About Theatre Studies at NCAT

Year 10 Theatre Elective
Over the course of the program, students participate in practical workshops tailored to engage them with the building blocks of theatre. Students are guided through systems and techniques to experiment with their on-stage work as actors and directors. In conjunction explore and experiment with stagecraft possibilities focusing on costume, hair/make up, lighting, sound, properties and set design. To showcase the skills and knowledge developed throughout the program, students work collaboratively to produce a prescribed scene. Lastly, the most important element of our program is the observation and investigation of professional performances.

VCE Unit 1 & 2 Theatre Studies

Aligned with the VCAA Theatre Studies Study Design, NCAT delivers engaging units focusing on the application of acting, direction and design in relation to theatre styles and conventions from the pre-modern and modern era. Students creatively and imaginatively work in production roles with scripts from Ancient Greek, Elizabethan, Naturalism/Realism, Verbatim, Theatre of the Absurd and Epic Theatre. They study innovations in theatre production from pre modern and modern era and apply this knowledge to their own works. Students develop knowledge and skills about theatre production processes including dramaturgy, planning, development and performance to an audience.

In addition, students begin to develop skills of performance analysis and apply these to the analysis and evaluation of plays in performance. It is a requirement for all students to attend at least two performances outside of school hours.

Term 1 & 2: Pre-modern theatre Styles & conventions

Term 3 & 4: Modern theatre Styles & conventions

VCE Unit 3 & 4 Theatre Studies

Aligned with the VCAA Theatre Studies Study Design, NCAT delivers a structured VCE course that strives to connect students with a collaborative, creative and imaginative learning environment. Throughout the course, students develop an interpretation of a script through the three stages of the theatre production process: planning, development and presentation. Students specialize in two production roles such as acting, direction, costume, make up, props, set, lighting and sound to realise a script.

Unit 4 invites students to study a scene an associated monologue. Their work includes exploring theatrical possibilities and using dramaturgy across the three stages of the production process. Students then develop an interpretation of the monologue that is embedded in the specified scene. The monologue will be selected from a prescribed list and will be examined externally by a panel appointed by the VCAA.

In addition, students attend performances to analyze and evaluate the interpretation of a script in performance, acting, direction and design. It is a requirement for all students to attend at least two performances outside of school hours.


Term 1: Staging Theatre

Term 2: Interpreting a script &  & Analysing and evaluating theatre

Term 3: Research, Presenting and Interpreting a Monologue & Analysing and evaluating a performance

Term 4: Monologue Examination & Written Examination


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Class of 2018 ~ Cosi by Louis Nowra

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