Aspiring thespians in Miri invited to attend theatre workshop today

MIRI: Local young budding actors are invited to attend a one-day theatre workshop today, run by Curtin Theatre Arts Club (CuTAC) of Curtin University Malaysia.

The university, in a statement yesterday, said the interactive and hands-on workshop on ‘Acacia Drama and Performing Programme’ would take place at the PACTS Education Clubhouse on Lot 1090 at Jalan Brighton here, scheduled to run from 9am to 4pm.

Admission is free – the session is also open to children aged 11 and above.

Organised as part of CuTAC’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) programmes, the workshop is specially designed to revive the dying tradition of theatrical and performing arts among the younger generation.

It will cover the fundamental phase of planning and leading a production including team dynamics and audition session, as well as to provide insights on what goes on before and during the staging.

The idea to conduct the workshop was mooted by PACTS Education Clubhouse director Yap Choon Ming and Curtin Malaysia’s final-year hospitality and tourism management and marketing student Lavan Rajendra, who is also CuTAC student advisor.

According to Yap, the main objective of the workshop is to create awareness of how the younger population can enrich their lives through the arts.

“The arts are not just entertainment. They help people discover or improve their communications, improvisational and management skills, resulting in more dynamic andwell-rounded individuals,” said Yap.

Meanwhile, head of programmes for Curtin Malaysia’s Faculty of Humanities, Tharshni Kumarasamy who is also CuTAC advisor, said she believed creative expression in theatre could benefit the young, particularly the introverted ones, to navigate through life’s challenges.

CuTAC was established in 2015 and has since staged three major productions — ‘What a Show’; ‘Romeo and Juliet: A Twist of Time’; and ‘Love-O-Medic – Confusion of the Practitioners’.

For further information on the workshop, contact Lavan at 016-497 9395 or Yap at 017-646 6749. Alternatively, send email to