Our Process

The youth participants have embarked on a research process in 2018 to deepen their understanding of poverty in Singapore. Apart from devising sessions, their explorations include attending talks by our resource panel, a two-day drama camp, community and home visits, reading aplenty, journalling and much more. Read on to find out more!

Devising Process

We were assigned to watch the movie "Alice in Wonderland" and from there, act out certain parallels we noticed between the characters in the movie and people in our society. Some characters that were repeatedly brought up were the Mad Hatter, the Cheshire cat and the White Rabbit.

- Ria E. Xavier

We were told to share personal stories about subtle discrimination of people from low socioeconomic status we see in a classroom setting as well as outside of a classroom. From there, we had to create a scene that showed how they were treated differently.

- Janine Ng Kah Min

Single fathers living in poverty usually don't have a voice and that's what really bugs me the most. They always smile and act like everything is fine. They don't make it a point to tell everyone about their struggles and as such, many different emotions build up inside them. I remember one of my house visits where I visited an elderly man. He told us all about his life; even though he had gone through many bad experiences, he always made it sound humorous. Although there's a scheme to assist people struggling with poverty, it only applies to specific people with many limitations.

- Ewan Lim Ze Kai

My favourite scene to work on is probably scene one. It used to be our warm-ups to test our coordination and just to get us moving. It has come a long way; I think this scene demonstrates that we can work as a team and reminds me of how close we all have gotten in the past year. The scene explores the notion of things we say every day that might not be totally true and how we might be oblivious to the injustices happening around us.

- Randall Lee Rui Yi

I play a dad in his 40s. His name is Azman. He has a cute daughter named Cytee. He had been in prison for a time due to fights. Now he is trying to turn over a new leaf and provide his daughter with a happy life. The story is based on a true story. I feel heavy that I'm actually playing someone else's dad. And to be sharing her story, I feel I have a huge responsibility and I have to show it right and take good care of it.

- Asnur Asman

This play means so much to us, because we get to show our feelings and our own stories. Devising scenes together allowed us to feel and experience things through one another's eyes and it opened our minds. This play has helped us realise that we are capable of acting and showing different and complex sides of our different characters.

It feels nice to be open and brave enough to share our personal stories (though not all) to everyone that going to watch us at the Esplanade!

- Nur Qistina, Nur Rafeezah Nabilah, Sarita Ang Yi Ting, Siti Al'mira Binte Muhammad Andri

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