In this year’s re:ACT festival, Inward Bound collaborated with Singapore Kindness Movement, BABES Pregnancy Crisis Support, Singapore Association for Mental Health and Beyond Social Services to raise awareness and facilitate discussions on issues through Forum Theatre.
In the first week of re:ACT, we had 5 schools joining us in intense Forum Theatre Performances on topics such as Foreign and Local Integration, Teenage Pregnancy, Mental Illnesses, and Poverty.
What is Forum Theatre?
Forum Theatre is a form of Dialogue Theatre. In Forum Theatre, an issue is presented through a performance, often ending off with the protagonist not getting his/her want due to the various circumstances he/she faces along the way.
Unlike conventional theatre performances, Forum Theatre involves audience participation. Audiences take on the role as a spec-actor, with given opportunities to stop the performance midway, take over a character on stage, and present an alternative strategy to try and solve the problem being showcased.
This ‘dialogue-through-action’ encourages participants to think critically allowing them to be prepared for real-life situations that they may encounter in the future.
5 schools went through a week of learning, devising and performing a Forum Theatre piece at the Singapore Discovery Centre. Throughout this week, students gained knowledge on Forum Theatre and its structure, awareness on issues related to our partner organisations, alternative problem-solving methods, aesthetics in performance making, and production management.
The students brought great energy and enthusiasm throughout the week. The atmosphere in the auditorium was brewing with excitement. We got to witness students actively participating in Forum Theatre pieces put up by other schools.
There was a point system in place as a motivation for schools to intervene in other school’s performances. Schools scored points based on the effectiveness and sustainability of their interventions. These scores were given by the panel of judges which consisted our 4 partner organisations as well as our very own Artistic Director of Inward Bound. The school with the highest cumulated points was Queensway Secondary School, which were given the honour to take home the grand prize!These scores were given by the panel of judges which consisted our 4 partner organisations as well as our very own Artistic Director of Inward Bound.
The school with the highest cumulated points was Queensway Secondary School, which were given the honour to take home the grand prize!