Bringing Up Ben

Performance with the Y-Stars (Down Syndrome Youths)
Presented as part of the SDEA Theatre Arts Conference

A young adult with an intellectual disability faces many challenges and uncertainties. “Bringing Up Ben” will confront issues of health, death, puberty, employment and quality of life for youths with ID. This performance seeks to open up a space for these issues to be concretised and interrogated by members both in and outside the community; humanising their identities and struggles in the process.

This performance is presented by Jalyn Han, Low Kok Wai and YSTARS.

YSTARS stands for Youths with Special Talents Arts & Recreation Society. Formed in 2003 by a group of parent volunteers, the group strongly believes in raising the quality of life for special youths beyond the walls of the schools and sheltered workshops. Through a range of inclusive arts programmes like dance and visual art, youths are empowered to express their personality beyond their disability and engage with the larger community.