FOBISIA Drama Visit | Vietnam

Last week,  Drama pupils in Years 5 & 6 had the opportunity to visit Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam for a series of drama workshops as well as Vietnamese water puppetry, cuisine and culture.

Starting the trip early, we departed the College at 5 am for our flight out of Senai. Upon arrival in Vietnam, and a coach journey where keen pupils peered out of windows to admire the busy streets, we arrived at the hotel. After a quick snack to eat we were back out on the Ho Chi Minh streets completing a hop-on hop-off bus tour exploring the famous Saigon Opera House, Ben Thanh Market and Saigon Central Post Office. After a long, but exciting exploration, pupils settled down with some food near the hotel and had an early night ready for a jam-packed day of theatre and fun the next day.

On Friday morning, after a hearty breakfast, the pupils enjoyed multiple drama workshops exploring methods of storytelling in preparation for their own performance on Saturday. Workshops on both Friday and Saturday focused on the importance of physicality and voice when telling a story. The day ended on a high with a screening of ‘Peter Pan Goes Wrong’, in the British International School Ho Chi Minh’s state-of-the-art theatre. 

Saturday morning arrived quicker than expected due to all the fun we were having. We first watched an engaging performance of traditional water puppetry before pupils went straight into workshopping and rehearsing their plays which were expertly showcased later that afternoon. The trip ended on an absolute high with disco dancing, live music, and lots of Milo. Overall, this visit was one of education, fun, culture and many moments of laughter.

 

Mr. Oscar Farmer

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