HSC Drama Topic Workshops

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Workshops presented by Sport for Jove

HSC Drama Topic Workshops

Venue Raffertys Theatre
Dates 18 March - 20 March 2013

Give your students a powerful experiential learning opportunity to deepen their understanding and inspire them to write evocatively in exams. These intensive, relevant and practical workshops plunge students into a visceral experience of the plays in the Australian Theatre and Studies in Drama & Theatre areas of study from the HSC syllabus.

Theoretical Learning – Each workshop begins with an informative and syllabus-based lecture from a highly experienced teacher/director in the relevant field, offering insights into the personal, social and cultural context of the plays, the ideas and concerns expressed in the work, and the ways in which the stage communicates those ideas to audiences.

Experiential Learning – This is followed by the presentation of key scenes and images from the plays, practical analysis of the conventions and performance styles, and interactive discussion with students about the plays’ dramatic and theatrical challenges.

Naturally every school has selected only TWO of the plays set for study in each area. To cater for any combination of study, our workshops connect the overall topic together through direct reference to, and equal analysis of, the most popular play choices in the state. The plays receive in-depth critical study allowing students to deepen both their specific knowledge of their chosen texts, and their place in the overall context of their genre.

All of the work is accompanied by Learning Kits and presented by some of Sydney’s most experienced professional actors and teachers. Sport for Jove Director Damien Ryan has worked in the professional theatre industry for 18 years, directing and acting for Sydney’s major companies including 12 years with Bell Shakespeare Co; and has taught HSC Drama for a decade.

The great voice of 20th Century theatre – theatre of thought and theatre of feeling;  revolutionising the conventions of storytelling.
Mother Courage and Her Children
The Caucasian Chalk Circle
The Life Of Galileo

Ancient and modern stories of moral choice – the price and value of suffering; inner flaws and outer fates; what and who are we responsible for?
Death Of A Salesman
Angels InAmerica

The worse it gets, the funnier life is – bleakness and blackness in the human capacity to laugh.
Shape Of Things
The Homecoming

Human voice; unadorned stage; what is truth?
The Laramie Project
Parramatta Girls
Run Rabbit Run

The shock of difference; the divides that won’t go away, and a brutal X-ray of the national self-image.
Norm & Ahmed
The Removalists


Dates & Times:

Bertolt Brecht – 
10:30am – 2:30pm (Including lunch break), Monday 18 March 2013

Tragedy –
10:30am – 2:30pm (Including lunch break), Tuesday 19 March 2013
5:30pm – 8:30pm, Tuesday 19 March 2013

Black Comedy –
10:30am – 2:30pm (Including lunch break), Wednesday 20 March 2013

Verbatim –
5:30pm – 8:30pm, Monday 18 March 2013
5:30pm – 8:30pm, Wednesday 20 March 2013

Traditions in Australian Theatre –
9:00am – 12:00pm, Wednesday 20 March 2013
1:00pm – 4:00pm, Wednesday 20 March 2013

Student/Additional Teacher $25*
*Transaction fees apply


STEP 1. Download & Complete Booking Form

Secondary Education Booking Form

All bookings require a completed Booking Form.  Risk assessments and education support materials (where provided) are available online.  If you are from a Priority Funded School, please contact us regarding possible ticket subsidies that may be available to you.

STEP 2. Send your Booking Form to Us

Fax or e-mail your booking form to Riverside Education:

Fax: 02 9683 3267
Scan and E-mail: education_riverside@parracity.nsw.gov.au
Mail: Amy Matthews, Riverside Education, PO Box 3636, Parramatta NSW 2124.

N.B. Please do not send any payments with your booking form. Riverside will confirm your booking and then forward an invoice for your deposit. Bookings are made in strict order of receipt of booking form.

STEP 3. Riverside will Confirm your Booking

Riverside will confirm your booking and invoice the school for a $125 deposit. Teachers receive complimentary seating on a 20:1 ratio (unless otherwise specified). Once you have paid your deposit, your booking is secure. You can request changes to student numbers up to 4 weeks prior to the performance.

STEP 4. Final Payment

Riverside will invoice you for the balance, payable 4 school weeks before your performance or workshop date. At that stage student numbers are final. Bookings cannot be held if your final payment is not received and the deposit is forfeited. An increase of numbers is possible after the final payment day and is subject to availability.

STEP 5. Final Information Sent to Schools

A letter of confirmation will be issued instead of individual tickets if you attending a performance that has been allocated as a schools matinee. For other general public performances, you will be issued with tickets which you will be required to collect from Box Office before the performance. Prior to your visit, we will send you detailed information via email to ensure you have a hassle-free excursion. This will include updating you on any possible changes to times or more detailed information as it emerges from the rehearsal process. Please ensure you have given a valid email address on your booking form.

STEP 6. Attend and Enjoy!

Seating at schools performances is general admission and schools will be asked to enter the theatre as a group. We advise arriving at the theatre approximately 30 mins prior to your performance.

Terms and Conditions

The following Terms and Conditions apply for each Riverside Education performance booking:

  • A $125 non-refundable deposit is to be paid within 14 days of the booking being confirmed by Riverside;
  • Changes to student numbers must be in writing and no later than school 4 weeks prior to the performance;
  • Final payment is due 4 school weeks prior to the performance;
  • Any changes to student numbers after this time are at the discretion of Riverside and subject to availability;
  • The booking is made on behalf of the school and the school accepts liability to make payments on the due dates.

Please note all school bookings made within 4 school weeks of a performance date must be paid in full within 1 week of confirmation and are final. There are no refunds or changes to numbers or dates on these bookings. If you have concerns about meeting the terms and conditions, please contact the Community Relations & Education Coordinator on 8839 3308.

Please find a range of helpful teaching resources related to HSC Drama Topic Workshops, including the 2013 Curriculum Links, below:

HSC Drama Topic Workshops Curriculum Links

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Each workshop consists of a 1 hour analysis of the plays and genre, followed by a 1 hour 45 minute workshop presentation. There will be a short break in between the two segments.

Ticket Prices

Student/Teacher $25

Transaction fees apply

Phone $4.60
Web $3.60
Counter $2.60
Screen $1.65
School Bookings $4.00