Assessment Specifications

Level 3 Drama 2017

General information


Drama Studies

Mode of Assessment

Written Examination


91514  91518

    Updated March 2017

Format of the assessment common to both standards

Candidates will be required to name and provide details of the drama/theatre form or the live performance.

Candidates may be required to respond in any combination of written response and illustration (sketches and/or diagrams).

Diagrams or sketches will be assessed on the quality of information conveyed and not their artistic merit (i.e. simple stick figures are satisfactory). Candidates should annotate their diagrams or sketches to provide specific detail and to explain their answers.

Specific information for individual external achievement standards




Interpret a text from a prescribed playwright to demonstrate knowledge of a theatre form or period



Number of credits


Format of the assessment

Candidates will be expected to make connections between the text studied and its theatre form or period.

Candidates should be familiar with the place/setting of the text, and the use of conventions and technologies typical of the theatre form or period.

Questions may cover a combination of features of the theatre form or period.

Prescribed Playwrights

Appropriate texts include, but are not limited to, those listed below. Texts studied must enable in-depth exploration of the features of the theatre form or period.

Jean Anouilh The Lark Antigone
Aristophanes The Frogs Lysistrata
Samuel Beckett Waiting for Godot Endgame
Albert Belz Yours Truly The Titanics
Jean Betts The Revenge of the Amazons Ophelia Thinks Harder
Bertolt Brecht Mother Courage The Caucasian Chalk Circle
Lynda Chanwai-Earle Foh Sarn Ka Shue
Anton Chekhov The Cherry Orchard The Three Sisters
Caryl Churchill Top Girls Soft Cops
Euripedes The Trojan Women Medea
Michelanne Forster Daughters of Heaven  
Toa Fraser Bare Pure & Deep
Federico Garcia Lorca The House of Bernarda Alba Blood Wedding
Briar Grace-Smith Purapurawhetu When Sun and Moon Collide
Gary Henderson Peninsula An Unseasonable Fall of Snow
Sarah Kane Blasted Psychosis
Oscar Kightley and Dave Armstrong Niu Sila Fresh off the Boat
Hone Kouka The Prophet Waiora
Greg McGee Foreskin's Lament  
Bruce Mason The End of the Golden Weather The Pohutukawa Tree
Arthur Miller The Crucible Playing for Time
Vincent O'Sullivan Shuriken  
Harold Pinter The Birthday Party The Hothouse
Jacob Rajan and Justin Lewis Krishnan's Dairy The Pickle King
Renee Wednesday to Come Pass it On
Maurice Shadbolt Once on Chunuk Bair  
William Shakespeare Twelfth Night Macbeth
George Bernard Shaw Saint Joan Arms and the Man
Stephen Sinclair The Bellbird The Bach
Sophocles Antigone Oedipus
Tom Stoppard Travesties Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
Mervyn Thompson Children of the Poor Coal Town Blues
Timberlake Wertenbaker Our Country's Good The Love of the Nightingale
Oscar Wilde The Importance of Being Earnest Lady Windermere's Fan
Tennessee Williams The Glass Menagerie Cat on a Hot Tin Roof




Demonstrate understanding of live drama performance



Number of credits


Format of the assessment

Candidates will be required to respond to questions on a performance they have viewed as a member of the audience in the 2017 calendar year. This does not include watching a recording of a live performance.

Candidates will be expected to make connections between the director/ designer's concept(s) and the performance seen.

Candidates should be familiar with decisions about the performance of role, the creation of place and time, and the theatre form/style(s) influencing the production.

For the purposes of this examination, 'wider context' as required by the criterion for Achievement with Excellence could refer to:

  • the performance as a whole
  • the playwright's purpose
  • the nature and/or purpose of theatre as an art form
  • the candidate's own social, geographical, or historical context.

Questions may cover a combination of elements, techniques, conventions, and technologies.

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