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Year 12 - Drama - Prescribed Structures 2019


Character: Okiku​

The Ghost who haunts the Samarai


The traditional Japanese ghost story about Okiku

Performance focus

Create a solo performance based on the character of Okiku. After appearing in yet another horrifying nightmare, a defiant Okiku taunts the Samurai, vowing that she will be with him until the end of time. Ignoring the Samurai’s pleas to leave him in peace, Okiku passionately justifies her actions. Okiku does this by:

  • recreating key moments from her story and from the circumstances by which she became a ghost
  • creating an example(s) of how she intends to exact her revenge on the Samurai in the future
  • showing a parallel(s) to another story, either real or fictional, that explores the theme of revenge.

Performance style Eclectic with aspects of Butoh

Performance Style:  Eclectic with aspects of musical theatre​

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.

Butoh is an avant-garde theatre and dance art form that originated in Japan after World War II. Butoh is exemplified by: • loud and often discordant music/sound • use of highly controlled, contorted/grotesque body movements and twisted facial expressions • shocking and often confronting imagery with use of white make-up and symbolic costume

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