Natalie Hennedige is the Artistic Director of Cake Theatrical Productions, a Singapore-based contemporary theatre company committed to creating original works that marry bold experimentation with the traditions of theatrical convention.
Natalie was awarded the Young Artist Award by Singapore’s National Arts Council in 2007 and the JCCI Singapore Foundation Culture Award in 2010. In 2008, Natalie was awarded Best Director at The Straits Times Life! Theatre Awards for Nothing, which also won Production of the Year. In the same year, she wrote and directed Temple, which was commissioned by and presented at both the Singapore Arts Festival and Napoli Teatro Festival Italia. In 2010, Natalie was awarded Best Director at the 8th Annual BOH Cameronian Arts Awards for Cuckoo Birds, a work developed in collaboration with leading Malaysian arts collective Five Arts Centre.
Most recently Natalie helmed The art of living in the in-between, a collaborative art project featuring installation, film, performance, workshops and gigs that uncovered the inspirations and fantasies that have catalysed 5 years of work by Cake. The event marked a significant milestone in Cake’s growth as a theatre company.
Natalie’s highly experimental works stretch the human psyche and as our first commissioned Artist-in-Residence for the Applied Drama and Psychology diploma, she has presented our students with the cold cut of theatre exploration.
Our students with Natalie (extreme right)
What is this really about? What are we thinking about here? One is often left wondering and bewildered when you leave her plays. Be warned. These are the questions we need to ask in applied drama and psychology.
What do our students have to say about her?
Ms R.D. says, “A new experience which gave us an introduction to what we would have to do in the future.”
“Some elements were controversial and provocative. We were shocked by it. Ideas crashed on us”, interjects Ms J.
“Everything was stripped to the bare minimum. She gave us time to think and say what we thought,” says Mr S.
“It was step by step” says Mr V. Ms R.D. ponders this for a moment and agrees. “What do you call tha t…yes, yes scaffolding.”
The interviewees were students who had spent ten weeks with the artist in the first weeks of the course. They requested they not be named for they are still shy being new. We wish to thank these students who shall not be named for sharing their thoughts.