SINGAPORE – Although Walk On Water Productions has been organising modern Catholic plays since it was established in 2005 as a community of young adults dedicated to spreading the Word of God through theatre and Catholic-themed plays, this is the first time it is attempting to do so through outreach to a larger pool of people.
Founder and artistic director Geraldine Wee shared, “Our drama ministry has always been [meant to be] evangelical. [This time] we wanted to get everyone involved.”
The mission began sometime in November last year when Walk On Water began to approach parishes, mission schools and the Catholic Archdiocesan Youth Centre asking for interested actors, directors and writers. Sometime in March this year, responses came in, some as individuals, others in whole groups.
Once that was accomplished, writers were invited to write scripts which were then given to directors to read. Plays were shortlisted and actors rounded up. Some teams came together to conceptualise their original plays and then submitted their entries to this inaugural Catholic Short Play Festival.
“Every piece is an original piece centred on the theme of John 10:10 – to give life, and to give life to the full”, noted Geraldine.
To pursue this “spirit of giving and sharing”, Geraldine added that this event is organised in support of Catholic charities under Caritas Singapore. She said, “We feel we have a lot to [share] so we just want to raise funds and to provide for people, to help all live life to the full.”
Audiences will be treated to 10:10 on two days – 10 plays of 10 minutes will be put up each day and the pieces of work staged will be different on both days.
Plays include comedies, tragedies, mysteries… described as “a buffet of plays for every taste”.
“It’s been really nice to see so many interpret the same passage differently. It’s like a retelling of the bible in a way that’s relevant today,” commented Geraldine when asked how she felt about the upcoming Short Play Festival. “We are very excited by this and hope more will come to experience this festival for themselves.”
By Joyce Gan