"The awards came as a pleasant surprise as competition was tough and we only revised the script two days before the final round. We took part since all our members have an interest in theatre after having taken Drama Appreciation as GEMs module at some point of time. It was extremely enjoyable working with my classmates in something other than a project and we all had a lot of fun. Winning was secondary compared to the wonderful experience we all had," says Snowlin Malar Elangovan from CLS, who was crowned Best Actress for her performance as the hilarious Jaya Goh in the comedy "Gucci Gucci".
Edwin Lim, a self-professed theatre lover and Best Actor winner from EEE, was equally enthused by the competition. "It's a great opportunity for both actors and directors to showcase their talents and also have fun in the process. Granted, the rehearsals can be a bit draining, but it's a great break from the usual monotony of everyday school life."
Hamidi who won the Best Director award and also acted in "The Laptop" says that the competition was a real journey of discovery for him. " My interest in theatre and drama perked up when I joined Singapore Polytechnic's resident drama club when I was in my second year. So when 10/10 came about, it was like someone knocking on my door and selling me that something I really needed but no seems to be selling. Having sent two teams to represent the School of EEE, the real lesson learnt is learning the hidden talent that individuals are capable of. Everyone had great ideas on how to solve a particular problem, deliver a certain line or just having the knowledge on where to get peculiar props (we had to get a superman costume), all the while still struggling with school work! Without 10/10 I believe we never would have the chance to explore the artistic and imaginative parts of ourselves. Each member had so much potential to give and so many skills with which to contribute to the success of the teams, and 10/10 was just the outlet for that. Along the way, we had tremendous guidance from an LC teacher who was appointed to our group as an advisor and guide. We were very proud to receive three awards that night."
For added gravitas, the competition was judged by veteran theatre practitioners Jeffrey Tan, Ovidia Yu and Tan Kheng Hua who was impressed by the quality of performances they had seen.
The response to this year's competition has been gratifying indeed and organizers have high hopes for this truly unique event. They hope to extend it to other polytechnics from next year onwards.