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Preview of ‘Between Consciousness’

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Two weeks ago, we invited a few of our Ambassadors to an exclusive preview of Between Consciousness, TheatreWorks’ latest community production touring to three community centres in the South East District.

As part of TheatreWorks’ efforts in expanding the knowledge and capabilities of our ambassadors, exclusive preview of productions are arranged for our ambassadors before the show is open to the public. This opportunity, made available to all ambassadors, aims to equip them with better knowledge of the production, and expose them to different artistic directions, which they may not have seen before. One of our Ambassador, Eugene Ho, shared his thoughts on the show as well as his experience at the preview.


Honestly, I didn’t know what to expect when I was invited to watch the preview for Between Consciousness. All I knew was that it was a piece on mental health, and that it was written in 24 hours.

The piece hit me in ways I didn’t expect. The initially bright and energetic performance both complemented and contrasted the heavier overtone of the script, and many powerful moments were conveyed. As we become voyeurs into the world of a child with autism, we not only become privy to the fragility of his mental state, but as a viewer divorced from the performance, we also see the world he is in constant contact with. I feel that often times, because of this world of information we live in, many of us prefer to categorise problems and see it clinically and apathetically. It’s so much easier to euphemise and call it a learning disability, or a mental condition. We forget that this is something that not only they, but their caretakers live with their entire lives. We can’t just cry over every single disaster we witness that is entirely out of our control can we? But it is precisely at times like these that we need works like these, which confront us with real problems people face, and reminds us of the fragile world we live in.

So I guess what I’m trying to say is that I really appreciate the effort put in this piece. I feel that TheatreWorks Ambassadors Programme (TAP) gives people a chance to appreciate and be involved in the arts scene in Singapore especially with opportunities to watch previews and interact with the actors and directors, and ask questions about the subject matter and the creative process. We need more performances like these, so Kudos to Isaac and the team.


Find out more about Between Consciousness at our Writing & Community Blog.

We are still have more performances of Between Consciousness coming up, go to http://betweenconsciousness2016.eventbrite.sg to reserve your seats!

We hope to see you there!

 

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Interviews with Between Consciousness Creative Team

Between Consciousness – Our upcoming production is our annual community tour in partnership with South East Community Development Council (CDC). The show will tour from 25 Feb to 19 March in three Community Centres in the South East District.

Between Consciousness explores the “mental in each of us”. It is a story that discusses mental health, autism, depression and what caregivers go through with their wards. This play also aims to expand one’s perspective about people diagnosed with mental conditions.

We met up with the creative team and had a chat with them about their creative process and the rehearsals. Check out their interviews below!

Al-Matin Yatim, Actor: “Nobody would totally understand what is happening inside a person’s head, what more a mind that functions more specially than others”.

Ivan Lim, Actor: “At first I was slightly confused, but as I read on, I fell in love with it. I am having a joy ride with this script. Every time I read the script, I find something new and after each rehearsal, I discover a new aspect of the character”.

Thong Pei Qin, Director: “I have also come to realise that people with special needs or diagnosed with mental illnesses are not so very different from you and me, and the plot of Between Consciousness echoes this exact sentiment”.

Gerald Leow, Set Designer: “The set represents the many levels of consciousness and the complexity of the human mind.

Isaac Lim, Playwright: “TheatreWorks’ Writing & Community Programme is an excellent stepping stone, to not only bring their voice out there, but also for the community to interact, know of the talents, and connect with the arts“.

You can reserve tickets for Between Consciousness at http://betweenconsciousness2016.eventbrite.sg


Check out our posts on writingandcommunity2016.wordpress.com for more information and updates of our Community & Writing Programmes!

Upcoming in TheatreWorks: Performance Tour of Between Consciousness

The 6th edition of Performance Tour of the winning play of TheatreWorks’ 24-Hour Playwriting Competition is back! This year, TheatreWorks Writing and Community Programme presents the Performance Tour of Between Consciousness, the first prize winner in 2015 (Open Category), which is written by Isaac Lim.

I seriously never thought this piece could be staged because it is really wild. But I’m glad I entrusted the company with my writing, and look forward to working with the director and actors to bring the words alive.

– Isaac Lim, Playwright

Check out the Writing and Community 2016 blog as our playwright Isaac Lim shares about his experience and thoughts on TheatreWorks Writing and Community programmes.

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Details:

Mountbatten CC
35 Jalan Satu
25 Feb 2016, Thu, 3pm
26 Feb 2016, Fri, 3pm & 8pm
27 Feb 2016, Sat, 3pm

Siglap South CC
6 Palm Road
3 Mar 2016, Thu, 3pm
4 Mar 2016, Fri, 3pm & 8pm
5 Mar 2016, Sat, 3pm

Marine Parade CC
278 Marine Parade Road
17 Mar 2016, Thu, 3pm
18 Mar 2016, Fri, 3pm & 8pm
19 Mar 2016, Sat, 3pm

Admission is free!

To register for a place, sign up via http://betweenconsciousness2016.eventbrite.sg now!