Formed in 2003, NUS Chinese Drama is a youthful theatre group that aims to promote Chinese language theatre arts through varied forms of performances that explores themes which are cutting edge and relevant to their generation. The group firmly believes in four principal values: a passion for Chinese language theatre, perseverance in training, openness to change and commitment to community.

Previously mentored by Peter Sau and Li Xie, the group focused on community theatre and forum theatre. NUS Chinese Drama presented Funeral in 2012 which highlighted the dilemma of loss of importance of traditional funeral rites and Just A Bad Day in 2014 about violence against women, gleaned from forum theatre sessions. They have also engaged audiences in bold experimental theatre such as invisible theatre around the campus, eliciting reactions from the public when they encountered violence against women and participatory theatre in Dream School which facilitated a space for conversations among NUS students to explore the role and meaning that education plays in today’s society. In recent years, NUS Chinese Drama has chosen to work with scripted plays translated into Mandarin such as Dario Fo’s Can’t Pay Won’t Pay and Dear Miss Ye based on Dear Elena Sergeevna, a work written by Russian playwright Lyudmila Razumovskaya as part of the NUS Arts Festival 2015 and 2017 respectively where students were encouraged and given opportunities to take on greater responsibilities for directing, producing and production.

NUS Chinese Drama continues to nurture the next generation of actors through training with established theatre practitioners and expanding their potential to express different perspectives and viewpoints through Chinese language theatre.

Key Past Events

  • 2013 Can’t Pay, Won’t Pay at NUS Arts Festival
  • 2016 Encounter at ExxonMobil Campus Concerts
  • 2017 NUS Arts Festival highlight Dear Miss Ye
  • 2018 Annual show Rhinoceros in Love

 

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