In this week’s Re:act festival, 6 schools collaborated with our friends from Singapore Kindness Movement , BABES Pregnancy Crisis Support, Singapore Association for Mental Health, and Beyond Social Services, to create their forum theatre antimodels.
With the issues of Foreigner and Local integration, Teenage pregnancy, Depression, and poverty, the circumstances faced by these communities around us suddenly became so 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.
Thus the theme SAME SAME BUT DIFFERENT, that so comprehensively illustrates the concept that individuals facing these issues are just like us in so many ways, that many times we do not see the struggle around us. But struggle is universal, and we all have a part to play.
Energy was high on the showcase day of Re:ACT as students were revving up and ready to perform, but more importantly, intervene in the antimodels put up by their friends from the other schools.
With points and prizes awarded for how plausible and effective an intervention is, students were encouraged to be active thinkers, competing to bring good content rather than acting. Reminding 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.
We are proud to announce that Paya Lebar Methodist Girls school emerged as champion this week!
At the end of one long week of Re:ACT, students laughed, cried, shouted, acted, argued, and intervened their hearts out. Making many new friends along the way. They also learnt that drama is a tool not just to show and tell, but also to discuss, to probe, to represent, and to advocate.
Above all, students managed to show that although circumstances may defer, there is much that binds us, rather than separates us based on these differences, and we are all wonderfully SAME SAME, BUT DIFFERENT.
With that in mind, we look forward to more wonderful things to come next year at re:ACT, where we hope to extend our outreach to other organizations, and perhaps even other countries. We are currently in talks with an organization in Cambodia, and we look forward to coming back bigger and better next year.