THE IMPORTANCE OF DRAMA

There is a Chines proverb that says: “Tell me and I will forget. Show me and I will remember. Involve me and I will understand.

Dramatic Arts education is an important means of stimulating CREATIVITY IN PROBLEM SOLVING. It CHALLENGES MY PERCEPTIONS about the world. Dramatic exploration can provide students with an outlet for emotions, thoughts, and dreams that I might not otherwise have means to express. So since this is my last year of this amazing subject, I thought I’d write a bit about why drama is so important and why I believe it should be part of every young person’s life.

In the drama class a student can, if only for a few moments, BECOME ANOTHER, explore a new role, try out and experiment with various personal choices and solutions to very real problems -  problems from their own life, or problems faced by characters in literature or historical figures. This can happen in a SAFE ATMOSPHERE, where actions and consequences can be examined, discussed, and in a very real sense EXPERIENCED without the dangers and pitfalls that such experimentation would obviously 

lead to in the “real” world. This is perhaps the most important reason for Dramatic Arts in schools.

Still, there is far more that Drama can do. At the centre of all Drama is COMMUNICATION. Like all the arts, Drama allows students to communicate with and understand others in new ways. Perhaps more than any other art form. Drama also provides training in the very PRACTICAL aspects of communication so necessary in today’s increasingly information-centred world.

Mrs Grobler taught us that Drama requires SELF CONTROL and DISCIPLINE that will serve the student well in all aspects of life. NO ART FORM IS MORE TRULY COLLABORATIVE. Drama is an important tool for preparing students to live and work in a world that is increasingly TEAM-ORIENTATED rather than hierarchical.

Drama also helps students develop TOLERANCE and EMPATHY. In order to play a role competently, an actor must be able to fully inhabit another’s soul. An actor must be able to really understand how the world looks through another person’s eyes. This does not mean he must agree with every character. An actor can play Hitler with becoming a Nazi. But he cannot play Hitler without understanding his point of view, without empathy. In today’s increasingly polarized and intolerant culture, the ability to understand others’ motives and choices is critical. Drama can help build responsible global citizens.

That is why I think Drama is THE BEST SUBJECT in the world.

Written by Keenan "Edward" Jacobs
Head Boy
Grade 12LR