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Collaboration in Conservation

By Michelle Fung

A friend of mine showed me Play Naturally’s open call for volunteers and I was immediately intrigued. ‘Conservation theatre’ is something I hadn’t heard of before and I was beyond excited to participate in any way I could.

Going into this lab, I had no idea what to expect. I think it’s safe to assume that we have all dealt with the possible horrors of collaborative experience whether it be in school or our workplace. I was anxious to see who I would be working with over the next few months.

To my pleasant surprise, I saw some familiar faces and met some incredibly talented new ones. After the first week of incubation and over the rehearsal sessions, I was relieved to see that everyone had the same passion and drive to create a piece of theatre that is exciting, full of quality and most importantly, carries a relevant message.

“The whole point of collaboration is that you give and take from each other, and that's how you create things that are totally new.” – Virgil Abloh

This whole process of having to come up with a script in less than a week and conducting rehearsals has hitherto been invigorating and mentally stimulating. It was honestly challenging but having people who are dedicated to creating something new, with a message that is important has been thoroughly enjoyable.

To add to that, although we have a group full of diverse personalities and backgrounds, our collaboration has been close to seamless so far. It is a breath of fresh air to be able to collaborate with people who are open to sharing their ideas and willing to listen intently and learn from others.

This is my first time working closely with creatives in Brunei, and I am so proud of what we have achieved together thus far. I have immense respect for everyone involved in this lab and I am eager for the rest of Brunei to experience the remarkable talent that we are going to showcase.

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