Therapy in new Temple

Therapy in new Temple
The co-creators (above) of Temple Reconstructed described the creation process as "harrowing" and "torturous".

Talking to the 10 co-creators of the play Temple Reconstructed is a little like holding a therapy session.

"Harrowing", "torturous" and "difficult" were just some of the adjectives used to describe the creation of the work, which will be presented by Cake Theatrical Productions from Nov 14 to 16 at the Drama Centre Black Box.

Suffice to say, the past year has not been a cakewalk for these inaugural participants of the experimental theatre company's training platform, In A Decade.

Temple Reconstructed is their graduation project of sorts. Their first piece together, One Day In This Place, was directed and written by Hennedige and staged earlier this year.

This time, the eclectic group (whose members include a theatre lecturer and a legal counsel) is creating the work almost entirely on their own.

The piece is a brand-new work, but takes its inspiration from Cake's Temple, a polarising abstract work that premiered at the Singapore Arts Festival in 2008.

It focused on a group of characters who lock themselves in a sports hall to escape the corruption of the outside world.

Temple was nominated in 10 categories at the 2009 Life! Theatre Awards, winning for Best Actress, Best Sound Design and Best Costume Design.

Participants of In A Decade watched a video documentation of Temple, discussed it and started work.

Hennedige says: "One of the participants, Faizal, said to me, is it okay if we come in with a wrecking ball and demolish it, and I said, of course.

"By all means, go ahead, take that wrecking ball, demolish that Temple and create your own building."

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