Each year I post the characters my Year 12 students choose for a short solo performance task in VCE Drama. This task involves students performing a 1-2 minute non-naturalistic (non-realistic) solo performance in preparation for their upcoming 7-minute solo performance examination in October. Therefore, it is best used as a scaffolding task.
The task I prescribe for my students is “The Subculture Character” where students are asked to research a character of their choice belonging to a subculture. Common examples for teenagers include Emos and Goths, but each year I am pleasantly surprised by the choices in the class.
My senior drama students recently performed the following list of characters:
- Swing Kid
- Expat Brat
- (Californian) Surfer (Dude)
- Role Playing Gamer
- Hipster/Hep Cat
- Indie Kid
- Aussie Dole Bludger
- (One) Directioner
It was a fascinating list of characters that were fabulous to see in performance with costumes, props and make-up. You can see from the list that some characters were entrenched in a period of history (1930s Swing Kid and the 1940s Hep Cat), while others were modern but somewhat timeless (the Aussie dole bludger), through to the very contemporary fan of British-Irish boy band One Direction.