Besides regional talent, five local groups from Singapore will be taking part in the inaugural Asian Youth Theatre Festival happening this weekend. Check out what they’ll be showing and the workshops they’ll be conducting over the three days!
The Youth Wing of the Ravindran Dance Company, HYPOKRITE was formerly known as the Youth Drama Group before being renamed the Ravindran Drama Group in memory of the late G. Ravindran and aim to keep Tamil Theatre alive in Singapore. In Pazhuppu, the group will explore the implications of labels on youth such as on cultures, gender and class.
Route180 consists of alumni from Buds Youth Theatre and stage original work written by their own members, aiming to be the voice of Singaporean Youth and attempt to address the biggest challenges and issues facing Singapore today. In Can’t Get Enough Of, the group will explore the conflict between religion and modernity in a house ruled by a tyrannical father.
The Young Company
The Young Company needs to introduction as the youth wing of the Singapore Repertory Theatre, and as the oldest youth company in Singapore, has its aims in line with SRT to produce works of the highest calibre, entertaining and thought provoking. In The Three Questions, a boy attempts to keep running from all of his problems, but of course, one eventually has to stop running and face up to the real root of the issue.
The Second Breakfast Company
We loved them when they staged Leow Puay Tin’s Family and burst onto the scene last year, and The Second Breakfast Companu (2BCo) is no doubt one of the most exciting new youth companies to spring onto the scene, with a focus on original, local work or restaging classics from the Singapore canon. The Wedding Pig is a new family drama that put the bonds between two sisters to the test when a wedding goes awry. You can also catch this show again in November during their doublebill of Lemmings and The Wedding Pig.
Buds Youth Theatre
Starting in 2000, Buds has been at the forefront of youth theatre in Singapore and acts as a platform for youths looking to develop their talent and gain exposure to the industry, promoting theatre as a vehicle for social change as they address issues relating to youths in Singapore. In The House Party, four girls cross paths and their individual stories come to the foreground in this coming-of-age play. What could possibly go wrong?
The Asian Youth Theatre Festival takes place at *Scape from 13th – 15th October. Tickets to the Asian Youth Theatre Festival performances and workshops available from Peatix For more information and the full lineup, check out their website here