The Road Less Travelled

Attended my first Life Theatre Awards today. For once, I wasn’t working or chickening out because I didn’t feel sociable. Sitting with colleagues as we reflected on and celebrated each others’ good work, I felt a sense of community and industry which, working independently, is sometimes hard to muster.

The LKY Musical won Reader’s Choice Production of the Year and the tension was palpable when the announcement was made. Theatre people are highly skilled at showing disapproval in varied ways. But the acceptance speech by the producer was honest, without airs; a timely reminder that all of us, old and new practitioners, work really hard against the odds, to create something from nothing.

Kudos to my colleagues and friends, writers, designers, producers, crew, directors, actors, artists, awarded or not, for baring your souls and taking the road less travelled, to bring stories to life and make human nature eminently watchable.

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,

And sorry I could not travel both

And be one traveler, long I stood

And looked down one as far as I could

To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,

And having perhaps the better claim,

Because it was grassy and wanted wear;

Though as for that the passing there

Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay

In leaves no step had trodden black.

Oh, I kept the first for another day!

Yet knowing how way leads on to way,

I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh

Somewhere ages and ages hence:

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—

I took the one less traveled by,

And that has made all the difference.

The Road Not Taken
Robert Frost

The Taxi Project Survey

This photo was borrowed from http://nateniale.blogspot.sg/2011/06/inside-singapore-taxi.html

It’s been a couple of months since I last posted and as often happens when this happens, it’s usually because I’m working on a few things at a time and my multi-tasking skills aren’t that good.

Having said that, I’m starting on a new research project for a performing arts piece and my starting point is people who drive taxis for a living, and the people who interact with them.  Well, actually my starting point is isolation in time and space and how this affects identity, but I thought an interesting tangible starting point would be taxi drivers because they spend so much time surrounded by transitory people who are also alone.  Plus, everyone’s had an interesting experience with a taxi driver.

If this sounds interesting to you, and you’d like to contribute to my project in any way, I’d love to hear from you.  Look at the top bar of my page and click on the taxi project.  On the taxi project page, there’ll be a link to a survey form collecting thoughts, experiences, burning questions you’d like to know about taxi drivers,or you can email me via thetaxiproject2013@gmail.com.

Storm in a Teacup

A quick post to plug my new production.

Arthur Miller‘s The Crucible is being staged at the Drama Centre Theatre, National Library in Bras Basah Singapore from the 7th to the 23rd of February 2013, directed by Rayann Condy and staged by Toy Factory Productions.

After five gruelling weeks, assembling this modern classic in the crucible of our rehearsal room at the Goodman Arts Centre, we’re finally in the theatre – the space where it all comes alive.  And what a life this production has.  High stakes and high emotion balanced on the knife-edge of hidden agendas, with religion and gossip thrown into the mix. Two and a half hours of pure dramatic tension.

The subject matter sits in the somewhat foreign landscape of the Salem Witch Trials of the 1700s, but the parallels to modern day human social behaviour are as alive today as ever.

Tickets are available online at SISTIC or via their hotline at (65)6348 5555.  There’s even a 4 for the price of 3 promotion for performances on the 12th and 19th (Tue 4pm), 13th and 20th (Wed 8pm).  This is only available from the SISTIC hotline or at SISTIC counters islandwide, and the password to activate this promotion is “you are a witch”.  No kidding.

Hope to see you there, friends.

Suzuki

Here’s a short time-lapse video I made of a regular Suzuki training session at the Dramabox space in Trengganu Street together with Nelson Chia and Koh Wan Ching of theatre collective A Group of People. We’ve been training almost weekly in the Suzuki method of actor training. Music is from Sufjan Stevens album The Avalanche.