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Stars in the making

It is a drama competition unlike any that's been held at Singapore Polytechnic.

Armed with 10 pages of script and only 10 minutes in the spotlight, 6 teams from the School of Business, Design, Chemical & Life Sciences and School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering battled it out for top honors in acting, script writing and directing during the finals of the 10/10 Theatre Knockout Competition.

Organised by [email protected] and the LC department, this interschool theatre drama competition aims to promote the arts in SP, specifically drama appreciation, acting and stage performance.

There was a clean sweep by EEE and CLS, who were the big winners of the night. CLS walked away with the Most Innovation Production, Play of the Year and Best Actress prizes, while the Best Ensemble, Best Actor and Best Director awards were scooped up by EEE.

"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.

Congratulations to the award winners!

Most Innovative production
Gucci Gucci (CLS)

Best Ensemble
The Laptop (EEE)

Best Actress
Snowlin Malar Elangovan (CLS)

Best Actor
Edwin Lim (EEE)

Best Director
Hamidi (EEE)

Play of the year
Gucci Gucci (CLS)


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