re:ACT 2015 & 2016
In the inaugural re:ACT Festival in November 2015, over 200 participants aged 12 - 17 presented and participated in an enriching dialogue of scenarios such as mistreatment of the elderly, maid abuse, racism and bullying in schools.
In 2016, we partnered with 4 social and community agencies - Beyond Social Services, Babes Pregnancy Crisis Support, Singapore Association for Mental Health (SAMH) and the Singapore Kindness Movement (SKM). The theme of 2016’s re:ACT was ‘Same Same but Different’.
Humankind has always found ways to distinguish ‘us’ from ‘them’. We draw lines to differentiate ourselves from others in terms of race, language, religion, nationality, socio-economic status, gender, height and weight. We forget that we are first a part of humankind before we are a part of our racial and religious groups. In 2016’s edition of the re:ACT Festival, our aim was to find within ‘us’ the capacity to reach out beyond these imaginary lines of identities in order for us to touch, to care and to show concern for ‘them’ and perhaps even finding that between ‘us’ and ‘them’, we are really just ‘Same Same but Different’.
Through re:ACT, The circumstances faced by these communities around us suddenly became real to the students, as they worked hard to put up subject-accurate performances that not only prompted discussion, but raised awareness for communities that are so often invisible in our society. In the process of devising and intervention, the students were encouraged to be active thinkers. re:ACT reminded us that drama is about the everyday, and as members of society and communities ourselves, we all have our own experiences to tap into to try and make a difference.