M1 Peer Pleasure is a celebration of youth theatre. It is a platform for young people aged 13-25 to stage productions at professional theatre venues, under the mentorship of theatre professionals, for audiences young and old. These collaborations let youths engage with their peers and with issues that concern them, culminating in creative and open exchanges through drama and dialogue.
One main goal of the festival is to develop and showcase more original works by young people so that they can communicate their unique perspectives on relevant social issues and contribute to a richer understanding of the world we live in. We aspire to develop this annual festival over the next few years into the flagship event for youth theatre in Singapore.
Raise the level of artistry in theatre-making and storytelling among youths by providing training and guidance on the various aspects of production (eg. conceptualizing, scripting, directing, stage-managing, lighting and sound design etc)
Dealing with themes that encompass relevant social challenges, youths, as well as adults may gain a deeper understanding of and empathize with the complexities of these issues
Allow youths not just theatre exposure but theatre experience as they participate in the artistic process. Because the festival is not a competition, participants may adopt a more collaborative approach to learning and develop skills useful for navigating differences
Youths get exposure to the arts industry as a viable career option through the mentorship provided by professional arts practitioners