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Drama: Solo Structures: The Storyteller

To support Year 12 Drama

What is a Storyteller?

Storytelling is the social and cultural activity of sharing stories, often with improvisation, theatrics, or embellishment. Stories or narratives have been shared in every culture as a means of entertainment, education, cultural preservation and instilling moral values. Crucial elements of stories and storytelling include plot, characters and narrative point of view. [source]

Performance Focus

Create a solo performance based on a person who was part of the Wave Hill walk-off (1966–1975).

At a rally for the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Australian referendum, the resolute Storyteller reminds those present that positive change is possible by demonstrating that ‘from little things big things grow’. To emphasise the point, he/she demonstrates what life was like 50 years ago for Indigenous people in Australia and how some things have changed.

He/she does this by:

  • recreating key moments of the Wave Hill walk-off (1966–1975) and his/her part in it
  • creating two or more examples of how government action, or inaction, has affected the Storyteller
  • creating a parallel with another real person who fought for human rights and/or land rights in another country.

Reference Material

Performance Style

non-naturalistic

Convention

Pathos is a quality that evokes a feeling of sympathy, pity or sadness in the audience; for example, the power of stirring tender or melancholic emotion. Pathos may be associated with comedy and/or tragedy.

Dramatic Event

Symbol is used to create meaning that is not literal. Symbol allows performers to communicate ideas and themes through words, stagecraft and expressive skills.