At the start of the Autumn half term twelve Upper 6th Acting Course students from Tring Park School for the Performing Arts left for Singapore for two weeks. Over the last few years the school has developed a relationship with Centre Stage School of the Arts in Singapore and at their suggestion decided to take their very successful Theatre in Education performance Jack and the Catalysts as well as a production of Twelve Angry Men which was performed five times in different venues including Lasalle College of the Arts and the Singapore American School.
At the beginning of the trip, the cast visited Bintan Island in Indonesia and worked with a school as part of the Island Foundation’s work there, helping to assist the poorest children with their education. Then, in stark contrast the following day, they helped organise a pirate-themed workshop and talent contest on the beautiful holiday island of Nikoi. Over seventeen days it was an extremely busy schedule. On one particular day, the cast performed Jack and the Catalysts twice in a primary school, then had a workshop with other performing arts students in the afternoon and finally gave a performance of Twelve Angry Men at 8pm that evening. The productions were very well received and as such it is hoped to be able to visit on a regular basis, raising the profile of the school in this region of the world and moreover giving the pupils the experience of life in a touring theatre company.