Drama for Grades 4-7, Torrens Park

Practical skill based learning in the performing arts led by industry experts with a focus on personal and creative development.

Learning framework

Each term we focus on a specific area of performance practice to ensure students have a varied experience and learn a range of essential creative skills.

Students are able to join us at the start of any term during the year.

NIDA Open Drama courses are designed across a four term structure within the following learning framework:

Term one Improvisation and Performance Craft
Term two Voice and Movement
Term three Devising and Contemporary Performance
Term four Script Work and Staging

Term 1, 2021: Impro Arena!

A whole term devoted to team based improvisation! Explore the techniques required to jump in and out of impro exercise after impro exercise as you work as a team. It’s fun and fast and you better be ready! Develop your mad improvisation skills throughout this high energy term.

Course components

  • Craft: Participate in improvised scene work to develop basic acting technique.
  • Freeing the Imagination: Develop new stories, ideas and adventures through improvisational exercises and techniques.
  • Ensemble: Work as part of a team to achieve a shared goal through performance.

Term 2, 2021: Radio Star

Turn up the volume and share your voice with the world! Investigate soundscape storytelling and radio plays through 8 weeks of acting and voice training. Create a short voice and character presentation to share with your NIDA friends at the end of term.

Course components

  • Vocal Expression: Learn how the voice works and develop vocal confidence in a live performance setting.
  • Characters: Experiment with vocal and physical expression to create an original character.
  • Performance : Apply acting, voice and movement practice to a short scripted presentation.

Term 3, 2021: That’s Weird!

Being a kid is complicated and some stuff is just weird! School and growing up can be tough, just ask Weir Do. Inspired by the award winning WeirDo book series by Anh Do, learn how to devise your very own ‘fish out of water’ stories. Explore character and storytelling as you devise your own slightly weird scenarios and rehearse and present them at the end of term.

Course components

  • Creative Expression: Participate in fun and engaging performance exercises to develop and share your original ideas with others.
  • Characters: Experiment with vocal and physical expression to create an original character.
  • Collaboration: Incorporate and develop shared ideas into a presentation.

Term 4, 2021: Live on Stage

Performing live on stage is exciting and exhilarating! Discover what it takes to put yourself on that stage as you develop skills in acting, movement and voice. Explore how to read, analyse and interpret scripts as you create characters and rehearse scenes. Develop performance confidence as you work with your NIDA friends to create a live presentation.

Course components

  • Text Analysis: Interpret and bring to life a short written text for live performance.
  • Stage Craft: Consider the elements that contribute to the physical realization of a performance.
  • Performance: Apply acting, voice and movement practice to a short scripted, live presentation.

Important information

  • Please read our Cancellation and Transfer Policy.
  • Flights and Accommodation: From time to time we may need to cancel an advertised course. Before booking flights and accommodation for travel to attend a NIDA Open course, please contact the NIDA Open office to confirm if your course will proceed as planned. NIDA does not accept liability for any associated costs of attendance or cancellation.
  • Please wear comfortable clothing you can move in for all drama and performance related courses. Clothing that restricts movement is inappropriate.
  • Please wear closed-in shoes. Shoes may be removed in the rehearsal room on the direction of the class tutor.
  • Please bring along a pen, notebook and bottle of water to all classes.
  • If you are running late to collect your child, please call NIDA reception on 02 9697 7600. NIDA will only provide supervision during advertised course times.
  • NIDA staff will supervise students in courses for Grades 3 to 10 during breaks. These students will not be permitted to leave the advertised venue without parental permission.
  • Students in courses for Grades 11 and 12 will not be supervised during breaks and are free to leave the venue at designated break times should they wish.

Enrol for the full year in advance to receive a 15% discount off the full price!

  • Discount is only applicable when booking all four terms within the same calendar year.
  • Discount is not available online. Please book over the phone by calling the office on 1300 450 417 to receive the discount.
  • If students do not attend all four terms, the discount is no longer valid.
$300 Limited inc GST
Drama for Grades 4-7, Torrens Park

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