Curtain Call: Between Consciousness

Our Community Tour of Between Consciousness ended last Saturday after touring the South East District. We would like to thank everyone who came down and for your support!

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We caught up with some members of the audience after our shows, who shared with us their thoughts and feelings. We also got a chance to hear some insights and discussions during the post-show talks. Between Consciousness was about a father who struggles with his son who has autism, and other people’s ignorance. Many audience members shared how they really liked the play and the acting, and how they connected with the characters and the show in one way or another.

“At the end of the day, somehow all of us do experience one form of mental issues in some part of our life journey. Perhaps only difference is, we are able to control it and some can’t”.  – Suhani Sujari, 27 Feb

“The performance was very touching. I felt the frustration of the father and the kid, and how they want to connect with each other”. – Rachel Lim, 4 March

“The play resonated with me in a very emotional and personal way. The struggle felt so real that it made me want to escape the  Avery’s imaginary world”. – Sanny Paiman, 5 March

“The portrayal of the autistic child and the father’s frustration were so genuinely authentic.  I am glad that the play promotes awareness for autism so society can be more understanding about the pain and difficulty of our fellow men”.  – Doreen Tay, Allied Educator, 17 March

“It was very touching and made me look at people with autism in a different light. They are not that different from us”. – Sabarna, 18 March

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It’s extremely heartwarming for us to know that this through this performance, some members of the audience gained a better understanding of mental health and of people living with autism.

“As a someone who has not been exposed to anyone with autism, the performance allowed an insight into it”.  – Constance Cher, 4 March

“The play helped me understand people living with autism’s sensory experience better”. –  Lim Jia Ying, 25 Feb

“I grew up with close contact with people of autism as well, and this play really gave me an interesting perspective into the mind inside a child with disabilities”. – Myron Ng, 4 March

“Autism is a theme often neglected in the protrayal of mental health and this performance was fresh and realistic”. – Eileen Wee, 4 March

“The show allowed me to think about the stigma as well as lack of understanding (of mental health issues) in society. It was also striking to see the father’s helplessness and frustration”. –  Toh Xin Rui, 19 March

Dr Maliki Osman, our Guest of Honour also shared with us his thoughts about the performance, and about TheatreWorks’ on-going partnership with South East CDC.

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In South East CDC, we believe in using arts as a medium of connecting people together. It’s very difficult to get people to the theatre, so we decided to bring theatre to the people. In the last eight years, as we bring theatre to the community,  we also bring issues to the community. The key is not just about any show, but a show that allows us to ponder on very challenging issues.

Thank you Dr Maliki Osman, for sharing your thoughts with us!

TheatreWorks’ Engagement programmes are developed to encourage audiences to appreciate theatre and use theatre as a forum to raise and discuss taboo yet critical issues facing the community today. Mental health is a broad topic, we hope that everyone left the show with more than when they came in – regardless of if its knowledge, questions, or thoughts about the issues of mental health.

Thank you everyone for your support! We hope to see you at our other events!

TheatreWorks will continue its to spot talent from the community and continue to develop and nurture playwrights. Keep a look out for information on our next Writing & Community programme – the 24-Hour Playwriting Competition! (Info soon to be released!). In the meantime, check out our main blog for updates on our next productions!

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