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Year 12 - Drama - Prescribed Structures 2019

The Bush Poet

Character: The Bush Poet: Banjo Paterson and/or Henry Lawson​

'Bush Legend'

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Character: The Bush Poet: Banjo Paterson and/or Henry Lawson​

Performance focus:

Create a solo performance based on the person(s) of Banjo Paterson and/or Henry Lawson. In a bid to be reconsidered by the Reserve Bank of Australia to be featured on the new ten-dollar note, the bush poets Banjo Paterson and Henry Lawson passionately compete in a ‘poetry slam’. They revive their longstanding rivalry and feud about the Australian identity and mythology surrounding the ‘bush legend’. Banjo Patterson and/or Henry Lawson do/does this by:

  • recreating highlights from some of the poems that reflect their contrasting views on bush life
  • comparing Banjo Patterson’s and/or Henry Lawson’s importance to the Australian identity with that of another person represented on Australian banknotes.
  • demonstrating how the Australian identity represented within popular culture has evolved.

Performance Style:  Eclectic*

Eclectic theatre draws on a range of performance styles to devise performances that go beyond the reality of life as it is lived. It juxtaposes a number of performance styles to make dramatic statements and theatre that is innovative, transformational and creative. Eclectic theatre is devised with a specific purpose and intention for the audience. Eclectic theatre draws on drama traditions and practice including:

  • ritual and storytelling
  • contemporary drama practice and performance styles
  • the work of drama practitioners and associated performance styles
  • a combination of any of the above.

Convention & Dramatic Element:  As selected by the student from the list (linked here).  Write your selected convention and dramatic element on your Statement of Intention.

Mr Boon's Notes