The young take centre stage

12 July 2016
The Straits Times, Life, Page D1

From secondary school students to university undergraduates, young theatre-makers will rule the stage in two upcoming festivals this month. The ninth edition of Celebrate Drama!, organised by the Singapore Drama Educators Association, runs on Friday and Saturday at The Arts House, while the second edition of the M1 Peer Pleasure Youth Theatre Festival, presented by arts company ArtsWok Collaborative in collaboration with the Esplanade, runs at the end of the month. The two events follow the inaugural Twenty-Something Theatre Festival, created and produced by actress Tan Kheng Hua, which wrapped up last month.

The growth of such initiatives, along with the proliferation of youth groups, is a sure sign that youth-centric theatre is gaining an audience beyond the confines of drama clubs and school competitions, say drama educators and practitioners.

The M1 Peer Pleasure Youth Theatre Festival features six plays, each exploring the theme of home. Each play has also been assigned a mentor who will guide the young people through the process of staging the work. Some are original works, such as Dancing In The Dark, an abstract play written by Wisely Chow, 19, an English theatre student at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, and directed by the company’s resident playwright, Aswani Aswath, 25. They are mentored by Buds Theatre’s artistic drector, Claire Devine.

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