One of the graduation projects created by DADP students, the Let’s Find Out
programme aimed to provide an avenue for a group of young children to seek their
own answers and learning. The children were guided on a journey to identify and
deal with their fears and insecurities about making the transition from
kindergarten to primary school.
The Uniquely Me! Programme – a graduation project created by DADP students – aimed to highlight a child’s individual uniqueness through eight sessions of process drama workshops. Dramatising the story of Lester, a shy and
reserved 10-year-old boy, the participants worked hard in the drama to help
Lester overcome his social problems and accept being himself.
The Recess Time interactive performance – a graduation project by DADP students – reached out to teenagers with the aim of informing and educating them about various eating disorders and dispelling certain dieting and exercise myths. It also emphasised the
need for teenagers to recognise the importance of their self-value. The
programme was a huge success as the issues discussed were close to the
Working in collaboration with the Singapore Children’s Society (SCS), 10 DADP
students spent their school holidays with children living in rental flats in
Bedok. The students identified issues they thought would resonate with the
children – for instance bullying, gangsterism, single-parent families and
financial issues – and wrote the script for Choices, an interactive performance
that the children enjoyed immensely.
The pioneer DADP cohort showcased all their final-year projects in
Journeys 2010, researching and designing applied drama programmes for
various communities and teaming up with industry partners to touch real
lives. Our projects included working on bullying and AIDS awareness for
the Health Promotion Board and an art appreciation programme for the
Singapore Art Museum.
Exploring Appreciation to Parents
The Graduation Project requires DADP students to undertake research on a specific community group and its related issues. The students then conceptualise, pitch and deliver an applied drama programme for the group as target participants.
Through research, the DADP students found that teenagers begin to drift apart from their parents when they enter secondary school. They subsequently designed an applied drama programme for upper secondary school students to explore the topic of parental appreciation. They pitched the programme to various schools and successfully delivered the programme at Bowen Secondary School, CHIJ St. Theresa’s Convent and Lakeside Family Service Centre.
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