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Studying Drama In London

In September 2013, 15 Year 3 DADP students flew across the globe from Singapore to London to attend a three-week summer course at the University of London’s Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.

Over the three weeks in London, we were taught various methods of devising theatre by a range of artists with different expertise and experiences. Some of the different theatre forms we learnt were Verbatim Theatre, Autobiographical Theatre, Physical Storytelling, Forum Theatre and Comedy. As the course progressed, we not only honed our skills in theatre making, we also learnt a little more about ourselves and our friends.

Telling stories through images

We worked hard at our drama course from Monday to Friday, but played hard during the weekends. We walked around exploring different parts of London – Notting Hill, Oxford Street, Covent Garden, Piccadilly Circus ... the list goes on. We took as many pictures as we could, trying our best to capture all the rich culture and beauty that London offered. We even took a day trip out of London and visited the Harry Potter Warner Brothers Studio on one of the weekends.

Hello from London!

I really enjoyed walking around the streets of London, feeling the cool breeze and having meaningful conversations with my friends and lecturer, something that I never did with them back in Singapore. The London study trip gave me the opportunity to think, reflect and reconnect with my friends and myself. It was amazing to be in such an old city, where stories could be found in the very bricks of the historical buildings.

This three-week trip gave me a fresher perspective on my craft, about myself and about various social issues. It was amazing to work alongside people who shared a similar drive and passion in wanting to make a difference to humanity through theatre. A takeaway for me is how important it is to take risks even though we don’t know if we will sink or swim. We must be able to open ourselves up to debate, constantly reflect on our artistic practice and be fearless in our experimentations.

That's us and part of the amazing teaching team from the Royal
Central School of Speech and Drama

I will NEVER forget this experience!

Written by
Victor Pang
Year 3, Diploma in Applied Drama and Psychology