The Oil Town Drama Society readies for Beijing challenge

THE Oil and Gas Discovery Centre (OGDC) will once again be sending a team of six students of Years 9 to year 11 to participate in the International Science Drama Competition (ISDC) 2019, scheduled for July 25.

According to a press release, this competition aims to promote science through the entertaining elements of drama. Teams will perform a short seven-minute skit according to the theme provided by the host.

The Brunei team, dubbed The Oil Town Drama Society, will compete against international teams from Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, China and Nigeria, among others.

This competition is an opportunity for students to expand their science knowledge, while also upgrading their performance skills.

The competition – hosted by Organising Committee of International Science Drama Competition, Beijing, China – will be held at The China Soong Ching Ling Science and Culture Centre. This year’s theme is ‘Chemistry Makes Life Better,’ commemorating 2019 as the International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements.

The Oil Town Drama Society will represent Brunei Darussalam at the competition

The Brunei team will compete in the open category. The teams will be evaluated based on their creativity, scientific content, cast performance and overall presentation. The performance should also be within seven minutes. This will be a grand challenge for the team to represent Brunei and OGDC.

The Brunei team includes Ampuan Amirah Farahiyah binti Ampuan Haji Mohamad and Jana Chang Mei Chuan from St Angela’s School; Muhammad Noor Rasydan Nawawi bin Mazne from Pengiran Jaya Negara Pengiran Haji Abu Bakar Secondary School; Chong Rui Ern from Chung Ching Middle School; Chai Jia Liang from St Andrew’s School and Ryan Anju Mathew from Seri Mulia Sarjana Secondary School. Nuwairani Haji Sahidi from Pengiran Jaya Negara Pengiran Haji Abu Bakar Secondary School is the supervising teacher.

The students were selected based on their individual drama audition held in February, which tested their performance skills, talents, passion in science and improvisational skills.

“I feel very blessed and honoured to be one of the selected students to represent OGDC, my school (Chung Ching Middle School) and my beloved country, Brunei Darussalam. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to be chosen and with ISDC, I have gained vast knowledge and experience, boost my self-confidence and time management. This journey is truly indescribable and cannot be put into words. I feel like I’m on on Cloud 9 and this experience will leave a page in my book which I will treasure forever,” said Chong Rui Ern.

Since March, the students have gone through many phases and vigorous routines of practice to ensure they are fit for the competition and to be at their peak of performing skills.

Ampuan Amirah said, “We start our practices with different kinds of vocal warm ups, and some days we have improvisational games where we act like different kinds of people. Afterwards, we practise our scenes and try our best with the coach to fix what we can. Every practice sessions consists of different and unique warm-ups and games that make our team laugh.”

Nuwairani said, “The Oil Town Drama Society is different from other competing teams. The team itself is unique. The students are selected from different academic backgrounds and each of them has own strengths; together, they complement one another. Improvisation is one of their best acting skills and we believe that this team can make Brunei proud.”