PLC enjoys an enviable reputation for its highly professional and entertaining Drama productions.
The Drama Department of Presbyterian Ladies’ College is renowned for its highly regarded Drama programme and productions. The aim of our Drama programme is to build students’ proficiency in all facets of dramatic performance, so as to maximise competencies, skills and capacities, and to develop within each student a lifelong appreciation of theatre, to enrich their lives and the lives of others.
At PLC we recognise and support the important role Drama plays in our lives. We all experience ‘real life’ drama in the form of our own personal experiences as well as ‘real life’ drama in the news and current affairs. We are also exposed to fictional drama in film, on television, and in the theatre. By studying Drama’s impact on our culture we are empowered to critically and objectively judge their intentions. Through Drama practice we become informed spectators who can distinguish not only between what is good and bad drama, but it also helps us to make a moral distinction between ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ ideologies as well. We can start making informed decisions about all the drama that we see.
All students are able to be involved in curricular and co-curricular performance activities. Drama is a compulsory subject for Year 7 and 8 students, and becomes an elective from Years 9 to Year 12. The Drama Department offers both Drama ATAR (WACE) and Theatre (International Baccalaureate Diploma) as part of the Year 11 and 12 Curriculum.
Each year PLC students have the opportunity to participate in a Year 7 to 9, or a Year 10 to 12 dramatic production or musical. Recent notable productions have been Hairspray, Legally Blonde, Mother Courage and Lord of the Flies. Each student’s creative ability is stimulated and nurtured by activities that can include acting, direction, dramaturgy, stage management, set design, costume, lighting, properties, make-up and sound. As well as the productions, the School runs an after-school Drama Club for Year 7, 8 and 9 students, usually in two terms per year.