One of the modules I took as a Year 1 student was Devised Drama. In this module, we were privileged to work with Natalie Hennedige from Cake Theatre. Natalie taught us the basic skills of improvising; together, we worked through Haresh Sharma’s play, “Off Centre”. We improvised scenes and hot-seated the main characters, bringing them to life in the classroom. For our assessment, we had to devise a 20-minute performance based on a theme of our choice from Off Centre.
We found out after the assessment that we were one of two groups whose performance was chosen to be performed at seven secondary schools (St Margaret’s Secondary School, Tanjong Katong Girls School, Boon Lay Secondary School, CHIJ St Theresa’s Convent, CHIJ Secondary (Toa Payoh), Clementi Town Secondary School, St Anthony’s Canossian Convent). So after months of working on this module, in April 2012, we finally got the chance to perform our piece in front of a real audience. It was awesome.
Performing at Clementi Town Secondary School
We also visited CHIJ Secondary (Toa Payoh)
This module taught me that devising a performance was anything but easy. We struggled a lot with it, thought about it day and night, and constantly made revisions, up until the day of the assessment! With seven different group members (and perspectives on how to make it work) building good rapport with group members was vital. Everyone’s input was valuable in building upon each other’s ideas to piece the performance together, making this a truly collaborative effort.
Performing at the secondary schools gave us a sense of euphoria like no other. We are grateful for all the warm receptions we received. I am so glad we poured our hearts and souls into something that will stay with us forever.
Written by Jasmine Huang
Year 2, Diploma in Applied Drama and Psychology