Kimberly Tong, Aarushi Mehta, Vedika Daswani and Chitra Karamchandani
The first ever Inter-school English Radio Drama Competition, which was co-organised by Theatre Noir and Smart Education, came to an end on May 9, and a squad of four specially chosen student reporters was on the spot to report the competition.
The final round of the competition was held at the Y.C. Cheng Lecture Theatre at Hong Kong Baptist University, where finalist teams of three to five students from more than 20 primary and secondary schools presented five-minute radio dramas to a panel of judges. They were scored in terms of articulation, voice projection, expressiveness, creativity in plot and characters, the use of sound effects, teamwork and co-operation.
The theme of the competition was 'Stop! Think!' and prizes included trophies and cash vouchers of HK$100, HK$500 and HK$1,000 for the Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards respectively. Other categories of prizes were the Most Outstanding Sound Effects, Best Actor/Actress and Most Outstanding Script.
'We chose a broad topic to stimulate creativity and give the students space to express themselves', said William Yip Shun-him, founder and artistic director of Theatre Noir.
Surprisingly, the primary school teams took on controversial issues such as smoking and animal abuse, but presented their messages in an amusing way. The Gold Award went to Yuen Long Government Primary School for its inspiring play about animal rights.
Junior Secondary Level teams presented a wide range of themes that included the importance of following our dreams, saying no to drugs and dealing with peer pressure.
St Stephen's Girl's College won not only the Overall Gold Award but also Most Outstanding Sound Effects and Most Outstanding Script for a play about immature love entitled Will You Love Me and My Diapers?
In the Senior Secondary Level, Maryknoll Convent School won Most Outstanding Sound Effects, Most Outstanding Script as well as the Overall Gold Award for a play that reflected on a controversial Oscar-winning documentary that depicted the death of one of its subjects.
The students put a lot of effort into sound effects, banging shoes on tables, playing music from their mobile phones, clicking their cameras and dialing numbers on their phones, adding to the mood of their dramas.
Students from Shun Tak Fraternal Association Tam Pak Yu College even had one of their members play a classical Chinese pipa, providing a taste of ancient China, which they chose as the setting for their radio drama.
All in all, the efforts of the students made for a memorable day and some unforgettable radio plays. For a re-cap of the competition, visit www.theatre-noir.hk