Top Acts 2016: Focus on Drama

It is worth alerting current Victorian Certificate of Education Drama students that the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority has published excellent video clips about three Drama solo performances from the Top Acts concert at the Melbourne Recital Centre earlier this year.

Each video includes interviews with the student performer, the student’s VCE Drama teacher, the artistic director of Top Acts, and the Performing Arts Manager at the VCAA. The student’s entire 7-minute solo performance, filmed at the Top Acts concert, is also part of these videos.

These short films should instantly inspire current Drama students, particularly those studying VCE Unit 4 or Unit 2. Performers give us an insight into how they developed their solo performance examination task, how they addressed the prescribed assessment criteria, their individual challenges, how they approached costume, used the space, and applied the prescribed performance style.

Of particular relevance is performers discussing how they first found their object/prop to be used in their solo performance. We learn only one object is necessary and that the student must use this object judiciously throughout the solo performance. In so many ways, less is more in a VCE Drama solo performance task. It is how you decide to use the object (transformed, or otherwise) that counts.

Each of the three performers showcased in these videos presented an outstanding solo performance that was highly polished and very sophisticated. Although I detected a few minor sound issues, these videos prove to be outstanding learning material for VCE Drama students and their teachers.

Video 1
Student: James Crozier
Subject: VCE Drama
School: St Michael’s Grammar School, St Kilda
The Panto-Dame

Video 2
Student: Connor O’Neill
Subject: VCE Drama
School: Mazenod College, Mulgrave
The Detective

Video 3
Student: Sunny Youngsmith
Subject: VCE Drama
School: Melbourne Girls’ College, Richmond
Tally Youngblood


3 Responses

  1. Charlotte Graham says:

    have applications for top acts closed?

    • Charlotte, you just alerted me to the fact that this post has the wrong year in the title. Should be Top Acts 2016! Time to change it -:). Examination marks at the current Drama and Theatre Studies practical exams will determine invitations to next year’s Top Class concerts for 2017. Invited students will receive a formal letter from the VCAA the day after their VCE results are published in December this year. Hope this helps. – Justin

  2. Earl Austin says:

    Very interesting commentary that whets your appetite for more.

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