Devising Through Improvisation: "Hope & Light: A True Story"

Mr Kamil Haque, Ms Aiswarya Nair & Ms Arva Rangwala

Context of Discussion: Young Adults (Ages 17 and up)

Set in 2012 Delhi, an overprotective Indian mother and her free spirited daughter clash over the meaning of life, future and fate.

Devising Through Improvisation: "Hope & Light: A True Story", is a one-act play based on Lee Strasberg’s method of long-form improvisation. It was previously staged at Haque Centre of Acting & Creativity. The performance explores how this method of devising theatre can help practitioners create original work using a shared language, as well as empower them to star in their own stories. There will be a 15 minute post-show discussion on the devising process, Lee Strasberg’s method of acting, and his five scenic elements.

 Topic of Interest: #performance #devising #youngadult


Arva Rangwala is an accountant by day and a creative by night. She is an avid writer, actor, painter and an active Toastmasters member. Arva recently won the Best Speaker at division level at an international speech contest. Arva has attended workshops at Haque Centre of Acting & Creativity (HCAC) since 2014. Her theatre credits include Rojak (Wecandoit Productions), Under the Rug (Method Productions) and her film debut in the short film Sparsh, produced by Lens Rebels, was featured in film festivals around the world. Arva tries to live by the motto “Follow Your Heart.”
Aiswarya Nair is an IT consultant by choice to reduce some “force.” She has been performing from a young age, appearing in a number of school plays back in India. Aiswarya is trained in Indian classical dance forms including Bharatanatyam, Mohiniyattam and Kuchipidi. She rekindled her passion for acting in 2014 when she joined Haque Centre of Acting & Creativity (HCAC). Aiswarya’s theatre credits include The Intimate Tempest (Method Productions), Panchatantra (Izaara Productions), Manasakshi (SKKN). Aiswarya’s most recent film credit, On A Sunday, produced by Lens Rebels, was featured in film festivals around the world. Aiswarya wants to live her life without any fear.
Kamil Haque  is the artistic director of Haque Centre of Acting & Creativity (HCAC), Singapore’s first professional acting studio and Asia’s first centre to teach the pre-eminent Lee Strasberg’s method of acting. Kamil is the only Asian to have coached at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in Los Angeles. Kamil is also the artistic director of Method Productions, a presenting production company that oversees The Singapore Monologue Slam (SMS), the first monologue competition in Singapore.
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Recommended for:
Artists, Drama Educators, Cultural Workers

01 Jul 2017

1700 to 1800


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