Performing Arts Department - Drama

Drama (P1 – P6)

Drama serves a variety of purposes. It enables us to understand ourselves, the people around us and the world in which we live. By the end of P6, students will have:

  • Developed knowledge and understanding of the evolution of drama within cultural & historical contexts.
  • Experienced and applied dramatic elements and concepts.
  • Used drama vocabulary to appreciate, critique, respond, reflect and analyse drama and theatre.
  • Developed knowledge and understanding of artistic purposes and intentions.
  • Practiced, developed, and implemented dramatic technique.
  • Created and performed drama – solo and ensemble performance. 

Teacher Bio

Kate SULLIVAN

To date Kate Sullivan has worked in television for national and international productions, voice work, theater and film, including a lead role in the New Zealand independent feature film Christmas and worked opposite Anthony Hopkins in The World’s Fastest Indian.

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Kate holds a Bachelors of Performing and Screen Arts Degree from Unitec School for Performing and Screen Arts, and a Graduate Diploma in Secondary Teaching from Auckland College of Education. She has 15 years teaching experience and 20 years experience in the Performing Arts Industry.

In 2006, Kate completed an 8 week acting intensive in New York with the TVI Actors Studio. She has taught Drama, Dance and Film acting in New Zealand, Budapest and Hong Kong at numerous local, International and Performing Arts Schools.

In addition to this, Kate has worked as an actress and has directed professional stage productions in various cities around the world.

In 2014 Kate won the 'Outstanding Director Award' for her role directing the CCA Drama students in a play for 'The Hong Kong Drama Festival'. The play won 8 awards in total. Last year Kate won another ‘Outstanding Director Award’ for directing the CCA drama group again at the ‘Hong Kong Drama Festival’. Last year the school drama group won a total of 10 awards.

 

Samuel J CRAIG

Samuel is from Sydney, Australia, and holds a Bachelor of Creative Arts major in Performance from the University of Wollongong.

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Since graduating in 2006, Sam has had extensive experience touring musical interactive theatre having performed and taught in hundreds of preschools, primary and secondary schools in Australia, Hong Kong, Macau, Southern China, South Korea and Europe. In addition to performing, Sam has worked as an artistic director, artistic coordinator, drama program coordinator, director of professional and school productions, voice artist and compere. He facilitates and creates drama workshops and camps, performs dinner theatre, produces and entertains at corporate events and writes scripts. He is an active member of the Hong Kong arts community.  

Patrick BROUSSEAU

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Originally from Canada, Patrick Brousseau has worked as a primary English teacher in Hong Kong since arriving in 2007. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in History from Brock University in Canada, a Master’s in Education from the University of Bristol in the UK, and a Primary PGDE from the Education University of Hong Kong. Through local Hong Kong primary school productions, Patrick slowly moved up the ranks, from set design and construction, to stage hand, to trainer assistant, to trainer and to scriptwriter. He is also a participant in historical re-enactment programmes.

Patrick is currently in his first year at Singapore International School where he teaches English and Drama.

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DRAMA AT SIS

Since 2011 the Drama department has been growing and developing quickly. Each year Miss Kate Sullivan and Mr Samuel Craig produce, direct, write and coordinate numerous competitions and productions including the Hong Kong Schools Speech competition, the Hong Kong Drama Festival, Arts Festival, PTA Christmas Fair, school productions and the open house concerts.

P1
  • Intro to Drama and Christmas Fair Performance – Origins of drama; solo and ensemble basic voice and movement skills through poetry
  • Adventure Drama - Unscripted character and story exploration
P2
  • Basic skills - Movement & Voice
  • Christmas Fair PerformanceOrigins of drama; solo and ensemble performance using voice and movement through poetry and storytelling
  • Characterization - Learning technique with voice & body using scripts
P3
  • Movement & Acting Technique - Origins of physical theatre and storytelling using voice & movement
  • Mime- Origins of mime, comedy, improvisation, space, forming objects and creating stories without voice
P4
  • CommediaOrigins of comedy; stock character; improvisation
  • Melodrama - Origins of melodrama; stock character, storyline; script  
P5
  • LABAN - Movement & Acting technique - origins of Laban techniques exploring behaviour and personality types, movement, space and improvised group scenes
  • P5 Production - Origins of  theatre production (Set, props, Direction, performance, writing) - Learning about multiple forms of theatre and taking on different production roles
P6
  • Shakespearean and Jacobean TheatreOrigins of Shakespearean and Jacobean theatre; theatrical conventions and dramatic elements; language; creative interpretation
  • Filmorigins of film; cinematography; pre-production; production; post-production

DRAMA ACTIVITIES

Hong Kong Schools Speech Festival
Each year SIS enters a number of students into the Hong Kong Schools Speech Festival Solo Verse Open Competition, where students are adjudicated on their ability to communicate a poem as though they are a native English speaker. Students often compete against as many as 60 other students in events all over Hong Kong during November and December. The school has returned many 1st, 2nd and 3rd placed students over the last three years.

Hong Kong School Drama Festival
SIS English language Drama CCA has taken part in the Hong Kong School Drama Festival since Andy Fullard and Kate Sullivan’s arrival at the school in 2011. The school has entered five original plays in this time. Awards for outstanding acting have been given to students in each year’s performances, as well as group awards for outstanding ensemble work. In 2013, the school was awarded the prestigious Adjudicator’s Award, entitling the students to perform their play in a public theatre. This is an award bestowed on approximately 40 of over 500 entries each year. In 2015/16AY, the group won a total of 10 awards. The best results yet for an English Drama group in this competition.

Arts Festival
Each year, students have the opportunity to see local and international professional artists perform live on our school’s auditorium stage. Performances have spanned all aspects of the Arts from dance to music, theatrical and musical productions, visual arts, and interactive workshops. All the Arts Festival shows include audience participation and offer the students unique insights and new perspectives into the world of the Performing Arts. This has been inspiring and innovative for SIS students engaging them in the wider professional arts community.

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AY17/18 Drama Assessment Structure (Primary)

  Semester Assessment 1
(T2W5 & 6)
Semester Assessment 2
(T4W3 & 4)
Mark Scheme

P1 Assessment

  • Able to speak with clarity, volume, and expression
  • Able to move with control and expression
  • Able to perform with confidence in front of an audience
  • Able to speak with clarity, volume, and expression
  • Able to move with control and expression
  • Able to perform with confidence in front of an audience
Holistic Report
P2  Assessment
  • Able to convey a character through physicality and voice
  • Able to perform with confidence in front of an audience
  • Able to communicate effectively with an audience and collaboratively with peers
  • Able to convey a character through physicality and voice
  • Able to perform with confidence in front of an audience
  • Able to communicate effectively with an audience and collaboratively with peers
 

P3  Assessment

100 marks 100 marks

A*
(85-100)

A
(75-84)

B
(65-74)

C
(55-64)

D
(0-54)

X: absent

Physical Theatre

  • Performance (30 marks)
  • Process (60 marks)
  • Journal (10 marks)
Mime
  • Performance (30 marks)
  • Process (60 marks)
  • Journal (10 marks)
P4 Assessment 100 marks 100 marks
Commedia
  • Performance (40 marks)
  • Process (50 marks)
  • Journal (10 marks)
Melodrama
  • Performance (40 marks)
  • Process (50 marks)
  • Journal (10 marks)

P5  Assessment

100 marks 100 marks
Laban
  • Performance (30 marks)
  • Process (60 marks)
  • Journal (10 marks)
Production
  • Performance (40 marks)
  • Process (50 marks)
  • Journal (10 marks)
P6 Assessment 100 marks 100 marks
Shakespearean and Jacobean Theatre
  • Performance (40 marks)
  • Process (50 marks)
  • Journal (10 marks)
Film
  • Performance/Film (30 marks)
  • Process (60 marks)
  • Journal (10 marks)