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Hero or Villain? - Drama FOBISIA Festival 2018

In the week that we announced the launch of our exciting new Drama programme in collaboration with The Juilliard School, we also sent 20 students to Kuala Lumpur for the annual Drama FOBISIA Festival!

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2018 was another fantastic year for the Drama FOBISIA festival held at the Garden International School in the vibrant city of Kuala Lumpur. This year, the festival expanded further with attendance of over 240 students. The theme of ‘Hero or Villain?’ required students to collaborate with their peers from different schools in the region to research and explore a well-known character from a play. Each team were then tasked with deciding whether their character was heroic or villainous and their final performance had to reflect their decision.

The British International School, Ho Chi Minh City sent 20 students from across Key Stage 3 (Years 7 to 9) to participate in four days of excitement, learning, collaboration and performance. Over these four days, students took part in a number of workshops that covered a range of drama skills, techniques and styles of theatre that have been influenced by famous practitioners. When students weren’t taking part in workshops, they were creating and rehearsing in their companies for their final performances on Saturday morning. These performances showcased excellent and thoughtful work and we are extremely proud of their achievements. Each performance was different from the others: students were experimenting with different styles of theatre, staging, audience interaction and choreography.

Students also had the fantastic opportunity of watching three performances by visiting companies. The stand out performance and workshops by The Handlebards were thoroughly enjoyed by students and staff – they were incredibly entertaining and inspirational. On Thursday evening, students watched The Greatest Showman at the cinema, complete with popcorn, and had to decide whether they thought the main protagonist was heroic or villainous. On our final night, students attended a disco where they performed choreographed dance routines they had learnt earlier in the day. It was lots of fun and it gave students time to socialise with and spend time with their new and existing friends. 

The students have left the Drama FOBISIA festival with new ideas, new skills, new friends and new memories that will last a lifetime. We can’t wait until next year where the festival will be held in Penang.

Jess Bostock, English and Drama Teacher

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