Each June, my Year 12 Drama students perform two-minute solo performances as a lead-in to a more complex solo performance examination task. This scaffolding activity always produces enthusiasm and student engagement, particularly when I ask my students to perform a subculture of their choice in a typical setting.
My students research their subculture’s language, integrating common phrases and words into their performance. They also enjoy finding appropriate costumes and symbols relating to their subculture choice. The end results is always dramatic, often hilarious and occasionally very serious. Importantly, it is a specific task in drama where my students own their work in its entirety from conception to performance.
Today we performed this year’s subcultures and the list below demonstrates considerable variety in the one class. Some chosen subcultures may be considered a little mainstream while a couple are downright obscure, but all of them satisfied the purpose of the task. Interestingly, this year there aren’t any historical subculture choices, though several are definitely regional ones belonging uniquely to a particular city or country.