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Seychelles welcomes their school of Drama Inter-School Competition

Seychelles welcomes their school of Drama Inter-School Competition ( Some thirty eager performers ranging from years 8 to 18 lined up at the International Conference Centre (ICCS) in Victoria for this year’s Inter-School Drama Competition. They were the Finalists for primary, secondary and post secondary institutions and were undoubtedly most privileged to be amongst the selected few.

In presence was the Principal Secretary for Culture, Director of the Conservatoire, sponsors, parents, relatives and friends of the participants.

The event was organised by the School of Drama Committee of the National Conservatoire of Performing Arts, in collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, Ministry of Education and Theatre Association of Seychelles, of the National Arts Council.

It saw the participation of some 30 performing students from public schools, International School of Seychelles, Ecole Francaise des Seychelles and post secondary institutions.

After two months of preparation during which Colin Woodcock, Drama teacher of theSchool of Drama visited schools and worked with art teachers, the competing finalists had to play in a concert hall of approximately 300. All schools were playing for a first prize in two categories: One Man Show and a drama piece. The work was carefully scrutinsed by a panel of judges comprising of Jean-Francois Figaro, Andy Jean-Louis, Kurt Lagrenade and Davis Mathiot as head Jury.

After a two hour show and pauses to allow the judges to agree on winning contestants, awards were given to the overall best performer for primary, and this went to Eusebio Ravignia. She was presented with her trophy by the Principal Secretary for Culture, Ms Benjamine Rose. Clinching the award as overall winner was Deidre Rene for secondary and Marius Jean for post secondary.

The highlight of the evening, one which brought more applause was the awards for Best Overall schools. A tight rating between secondary schools finally awarded Praslin Secondary Schools with the largest cup of the day. Eusebio Ravignia, the overall best performer for one-man show secured the overall One man show cup as well.

It is important to stress that although the event was a competitive one, the mainfocus of the School of Drama is to bring in more pupils to the Centre for Performing Arts and have them engage in improvisation techniques, open speech exercises and eventually to understand the basics of theatre. The next step is to encourage schools through the Ministry of Education to have drama as extra curricula activities and to enroll more students in creative activities that promises to enhance verbal and non verbal communication skills.

We know that drama brings fun and laughter to learning which in turn improves motivation and reduces stress. We also know that children who practice drama develop a good sense of self discipline by showing perseverance and by developing ideas within a group. If this is not yet part of our compulsory educational programme in schools, then our task at the centre is to assist with services so that it can at least be done on a part-time basis, after normalschool hours.

We believe it is important to raise a society that understands, values and supports theatre as an artform. Our wish is that more share similar views and join us for next year’s Inter-School Show.


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