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Growing up, I always thought that schools were only interested in academic studies and nothing much else. At CASS, however, I am constantly reminded that this is not the case.

 

Recently my diploma -- the Diploma in Applied Drama and Psychology (DADP) -- organised a 3-week study trip for 20 students to London.  Our partner school there was Central School of Speech and Drama (CSSD).The purpose of the trip was to equip us with skills for devising performances.

 

At the end of the three weeks, we completed a module that was part of CSSD’s curriculum -- Methods of Devising Performance. We learnt various interesting forms of theatre, such as Physical Theatre, Clowning, Verbatim Theatre, and Environmental Theatre and Post-Dramatic Theatre.


One of the many devised pieces we did

 
Mask work in action

This trip definitely broadened my horizons. The CSSD lecturers were all specialists in their own fields and they gently challenged us to improve. Through their constant individual feedback, we discovered our strengths and weaknesses. Every day was an invaluable learning session, and gradually we saw ourselves grow.

 

Apart from school, the study trip also gave us the opportunity to immerse in London's culture. The first thought that came to my mind when I arrived in London was, “Hey, I am in the Land of Theatre!” I was awed by the artistically vibrant city.

 

We had the opportunity to watch Lion King and Morning, shows which were subsidised by our school, CASS. We also watched other renowned musicals, such as Wicked and The Phantom Of The Opera during the weekends.  We were allowed free time to ourselves, and so went about London, taking in the sights and sounds.


At the end of another fulfilling lesson

 

Looking back, I am immensely grateful for this trip. Not only did we get to attend a complete university module, we were also exposed to London’s culture. What was especially precious to me from was the newfound confidence I gained while learning from CSSD. I now know that the skills that I am equipped with can be applied in my future areas of work.

 

Written by Jeremy Lim Wen Bin
Year 3, Diploma in Applied Drama and Psychology