Happy Valentines! Seems to be a popular event here though I’ve learnt its illegal in Malaysia; doesn’t seem to bother the Malayan Singaporeans here.
Very busy day. I did the workshop this morning to 3rd year diploma students on keeping their work alive. First time I’ve done it which is always interesting and scary with workshops. I wanted to explore the combination of John Wright ‘game playing’ in the development of work through instant, non-thinking reacting and it’s possible use with more traditional objectives. Didn’t quite work, though it has given me an idea of how to approach it next time. It’s hard to apply a playful fun activity onto something quite cerebral, I’ll try it the other way round next time.
I do enjoy doing workshops and that’s an area I really need to push when I get back to the UK. It’s a two way thing, I get as much out of it as I hope they do. I just wish I wasn’t so terrible with names, it’s even more of a challenge here!
I then sat in on performance practice, a weekly event where 5 students audition in front of the whole school and three staff to be noted and critiqued. Very brave. I was one of the staff. Some really good and brave work and they are so responsive and positive about feedback, it feels as though there is no defensiveness or ego (I’m sure there is but well hidden) but an open willingness to learn and get better. I have been pleasantly surprised as how honest and often hard the staff are here with their feedback; practical and realistic.
The afternoon was spent back to the start of the play and adding another layer of detail to it. They’ve had two weeks of play and trying things, now we’re beginning to firm up on ideas, place things a little, be aware of the story we’re telling, pushing the actors to be a bit braver with some of their choices and see how far they dare go. This is the fun bit, for me anyway.
Saturday tomorrow so back on the tourist trail. In the evening I’m off to a concert of the Singapore Chinese Orchestra accompanying a classic Chinese silent movie at the Esplanade concert hall. I hope there’s subtitles to the…subtitles.
Plus I’ve been assured my pass for the gym now works on a Saturday too! I’ll wait and see.