Every 12 months in Year 12 Drama, my students undertake a brief task of constructing and performing a short 2-minute solo performance.
The purpose of the task is for the student to understand the processes involved in the task that immediately follows it, a more demanding 7-minute solo performance examination.
This task, however, is set internally by the teacher, so Drama teachers around Melbourne and regional areas set a variety of different structures for this activity.
I offer my students the opportunity to research a subculture of their choice and perform a typical character complete with language, mannerisms and gestures, vocal expressions and behaviour. They also have to briefly transform into a minor secondary character, and along with this, transform place and object (prop).
The toughest aspect of this task is also where the students learn the most: their ability to successfully edit material. Let’s face it, creating a 2-minute solo performance is not particularly difficult, but editing every piece of content one has originally created is the hard part.
This year, we had another fascinating list of subculture characters and some wonderful performances. Most of my students deliberately avoided cliched subculture characters and many opted for highly unusual choices. We also saw a few historical subculture characters this year, including one from Nazi Germany (Zazous) and another from late 18th century London (Dandy).
Here’s a full list of subculture characters performed in my Year 12 Drama class last week:
- Hip Hop
- Indie Kid
- Riot Grrrl
- You Tube Blogger
- New Romantic
- Fanatical Football Fan