Sunday, March 29, 2009
I've bolded the works which were featured in the STF:
Production of the Year:
* Gemuk Girls (The Necessary Stage)
* House of Sins (Dramabox)
* Reservoir (Theatreworks)
* Temple (Cake)
* The King Lear Trilogy (Ho Tzu Nyen)
* Natalie Hennedige (Temple)
* Li Xie (House of Sins)
* Christina Sergeant (The Hypochondriac)
* Alvin Tan (Gemuk Girls)
* Wong May Lan (The Soldier & His Virtuous Wife)
* Natalie Hennedige (Temple)
* Li Xie (House of Sins)
* Ng Yi-Sheng (The Last Temptation of Stamford Raffles)
* Jean Tay (Boom)
* Haresh Sharma (Gemuk Girls)
* Rehaan Engineer (The Last Temptation of Stamford Raffles)
* Najib Soiman (Gemuk Girls)
* Noor Effendy Ibrahim (National Language Class)
* Peter Sau (House of Sins)
* Tay Kong Hui (House of Sins)
Best Supporting Actor:
* Oliver Chong (Flare)
* Najib Soiman (Temple)
* K. Rajagopal (The King Lear Project)
* Darius Tan (The Soldier & His Virtuous Wife)
* Sebastian Tan (Snow White & The Seven Dwarves)
* Fanny Kee (Boom)
* Jo Kwek (Moon Story)
* Noorlinah Mohamed (Gemuk Girls)
* Yeo Yann Yann (National Language Class) [this was featured in STF '06, though the nomination is for the reprise in '08]
Best Supporting Actress:
* Goh Guat Xian (Flare)
* Li Xie (Temple)
* Judy Ngo (The Vagina Monologues)
* Susan Tordoff (The Office Party)
* Emma Yong (Shanghai Blues)
* Bilik Ahmad (Teater Ekamatra)
* Drift (Dramabox)
* First Light (Toy Factory)
* Own Time Own Target (Wild Rice)
* The Hypochondriac (young & Wild)
Best Sound Design:
* Bang Wenfu (The Hypochondriac)
* Chong Li-Chuan (Reservoir)
* Philip Tan (Temple)
* Zing O Drum Group (Death of a Hero)
* Zizi Azah (Above us only sky)
Best Lighting Design:
* Fita Helmi (Above us only sky)
* Andy Lim (House of Sins)
* Lim Woan Wen (Pinocchio’s Complex)
* Suven Chan (Temple)
* Yo Shao Ann (Shanghai Blues)
Best Multimedia Design:
* Choy Ka Fai (Reservoir)
* Loo Zihan (Gemuk Girls)
* Brian Gothong Tan (Temple)
* Tan Kai Syng (The Vagina Monologues)
Best Set Design:
* Eucien Chia (Shanghai Blues)
* Claudio Girardi (Das Experiment)
* Wong Chee Wai (House of Sins, Apocalypse Live!, The Last Temptation of Stamford Raffles)
Best Costume Design:
* Moe Kasim (Beauty World, The Enchantment of Sangkuriang, The Last Temptation of Stamford Raffles, Snow White and The Seven Dwarves)
* Natalie Hennedige (Temple)
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Festival Director Ivan and Festival Producer Tony went around hugging everyone and asking if they were happy and proud.
Recognise this little guy? It's Shazan, the Sec 2 kid who played Nadim in the Swordfish and the Concubine.
Monday, August 25, 2008
This version has a weird photo of me. Sigh. Must get haircut.
Monday, August 18, 2008
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Thursday, August 14, 2008
A Newsweek article which I think is a very good read.From their digs in a row house in Singapore's historic Little India, W!ld Rice founding director Ivan Heng and his team are plotting their next provocation. On Aug. 6, the theater troupe will open its second Singapore Theatre Festival, a biannual (sic) event launched in 2006 to coincide with the city-state's national-day celebrations, where they plan to "make public a lot of conversations we've been having in private," says Heng. Those conversations touch on race, sexuality and even politics—topics censors sanitize in Singapore's newspapers, films and television programming.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Monday, August 11, 2008
Saturday, August 9, 2008
First off, there's a TODAY article about the Swordfish, then the Concubine (reproduced on the right-hand side).
And this is what the Flying Inkpot said about Tree/House:
spell#7 and Ho Tzu Nyen
Showing the same tender loving care one would while shaping a prized bonsai, spell#7's contribution to this double-bill was carefully and affectionately manicured to near-perfection. Tree Duet's circuitous loops, pregnant pauses and precise choreography never felt contrived, only purposeful; every movement comes together (what is the opposite of unraveling?) slowly but surely to result in magical moments of poignancy and transcendence once all the pieces are in place. Tree Duet is a stunningly beautiful work of visual poetry that teaches you to look at the world through patient eyes: just as trees need time to grow, so do works of art - but patience will be rewarded in that act of something real, meaningful and magical being created before you.
At the core of Tree Duet is a meditative journey narrated by a wistful Paul Rae about the simple pleasures of living - remembering, contemplating, even something as basic as drinking - and what we stand to lose if we don't stop ourselves from being caught up in consumerism and convenience and don't take the time to just breathe and reflect on our time in the world once in a while. The second half of the double-bill, Ho Tzu Nyen's House of Memory, however, takes a more academic approach to this theme of remembering and forgetting and is essentially a lecture on the craft of memorization. What fascinates is how the text narrated live by the visual artist and film-maker is accompanied by an hour-long film which stitches together scenes from various old movies. Sometimes the images selected are literal, other times they are metaphorical but they are always well-chosen to accompany the different beats of the text, save in the last five minutes when, I felt, the artist was much too heavy-handed.
****1/2 (out of 5 stars)
Friday, August 8, 2008
Plus some miscellaneous fab people:
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
...the introduction portion of Yi-Sheng's Kenduri!!! post, because I thought that this is kind of what the OCBC STF08 is about:
more cat pictures
Anyway, break a leg to all the Creative/Cast/Crew for all the plays starting tonight! I'm shure they'll be a blast.
Monday, August 4, 2008
The event started at 6pm today. Sort of. This is the scene at 6:15 in the Drama Centre.
That's me offering Christina Sergeant dried cranberries and green raisins. On the right is the back of Lim Yu-Beng's head.
Ivan addressed us in his artistic directorly way...
...and had us circle the stall seats.
Then he had us link hands and pray. I couldn't take photos while holding Rodney Oliveiro and Janice Koh's hands. It would've been rude.
And now for the FOOD. Except for the Swordfish cast and crew, who were doing a tech run.
I stayed back a little while to chatter with the playwrights. That's Ken Kwek (Apocalypse Live) and Laremy Lee (Own Time, Own Target).
Mangiare! (Kenduri, in case ya didn't know, is Malay for "feast".)
That's the tempeh+tofu dish, right next to the boiled vegetables. Further on was spicy chicken and sausage with meatballs and fried rice and and curry.
And no! Your eyes do not deceive you!
That is a chocolate fondue pot! (It went very well with the wasabi prawns.)
And that's Christina, gathering the Raffles cast up for rehearsals.
The festival opens in two days!!!! YAAAARRRGH!!!
Saturday, August 2, 2008
Thursday, July 31, 2008
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Now how can I beg/borrow/steal myself a ticket?
Friday, July 11, 2008
Scanner, anyone? (Actually, the W!ld Rice people will get it up on their site in no time.)
UPDATE: Laremy's shared a link to the online story here.
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Why? Because I believe there's a great crop of plays in this year's festival, and it'd be plain evil of me to dominate this blog with my admonitions to buy tickets to "The Last Temptation of Stamford Raffles" (buy tickets from Sistic HERE!!!).
Instead, I'd like someone from every single one of the shows to be up here, documenting the rehearsal process, bump-in, performance trauma, critical response, and audience feedback. Sure, I'll pay visits to the other folks' shows, but I can't write it all myself.
(Maybe there'll even be someone who knows some basic html, so we can get this blog template looking a little less like patriotic shite. Whaddayasay?)
Anyway, here's some shots I took at the W!ld Rice second production meeting yesterday. Dig it.
(I'm not going to say whose set that's a mock-up of, so the curious will be forced to buy tickets to every single frickin' show to find out.)
I do also have one of my director Christina Sergeant over curry, but she'd murder me if I featured it. Today she grilled me over the unsubtlety of two of my expository lines and the general excresence of Scene Thirteen. I floundered a defence, but there'll be more to come.
Ooh! My leading man's flying in from Mumbai today! Can't wait.
Monday, July 7, 2008
But no more fear! I'm just back from NYC and I can see there's been progress in my absence, because a glossy new 26-page Festival Booklet has been printed, with a gorgeous design, and the good ol' Festival '08 squirming on the front in all its glory:
And now that I'm seeing it blown up, I actually really like my poster.
All is well.