"2 of the cast members I worked with were only 3 or 4 years older than me. It was a surreal feeling knowing that. If we had to form a sentence beginning with "when we were 19", mine would end with holidays, bumming around; while theirs would involve having to be self-reliant, travelling away from home, being independent. Unfortunately, I didn't feel immature or guilty, but it was hard to believe life could be so different for two young people who simply come from different places."
- A refection from Chng Yi Kai (Drama Box's ex-intern) after working on La Fabrica (Factory)
La Fabrica takes audiences out of the theatre and created it at a factory. In 120 mins, audiences get a glimpse of what a factory worker's day looks like, as they move along the assembly line with the workers/actors.
Koh Hui Ling (Associate Artistic Director of Drama Box) was the local collaborator and she roped in Chng Yi Kai to assist her in the production. Yi Kai wrote a reflection after the production. Click here to read more.
Photos provided by Singapore Arts Festival 2012/National Arts Council, Singapore
More than 2000 Primary 3 - 6 students came to the Esplanade Theatre Studio to watch Theatre-in-Education performance Our 11th Brother: Lim Bo Seng's Formative Years, directed by Koh Hui Ling (Associate Artistic Director of Drama Box). Based on information collected and research done, Hui Ling created dramatised scenarios of what Singapore's war hero Lim Bo Seng might have faced as a child while growing up in China, just after World War I. Through the interactive performance and dialogues, students were led in an exploration of values such as loyalty, responsibility and kinship.
Conducted in Mandarin
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Just days after we cleared out of the Theatre Studio, we went back again and filled it up with balloons. This time it was for our production Afar, which was part of Esplanade's "The Studio" series.
Afar features an eclectic mix of renowned actors in Singapore – Doreen Toh, Goh Seok Ai, Karen Tan, Tan Shou Chen and Tan Wan Sze, and was designed by what the director Jalyn Han, called her dream team - Lim Weiling (Set), Lim Woan Wen (Lighting) and Darren Ng (Sound Art/Music). Afar is also playwright Lee Shyh Jih's breakthrough creation after an 8-year break from theatre.
Performed in Mandarin with English subtitles
Kok Heng Leun (Artistic Director of Drama Box) conducted Applied Theatre Workshop Breaking the Silence for a group of about 20 participants in the 1st week of September.
The workshop was targeted at social/community workers, arts educators, theatre practitioners and anyone interested to know how to use Forum Theatre techniques in their work. Level 1 introduced participants to Theatre Games & Image Theatre. Participants also got to devise an "anti-model" play as well as experience a Forum Theatre session.
Level 2 focused on learning to direct and rehearse a Forum Theatre presentation as well as the art of "jokering".Response from the participants was positive and most cited Heng Leun's knowledge and experience in Forum Theatre and his ability to communicate ideas effectively as one of the strengths of the workshop.
Conducted in English
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Project Mending Sky: Us is the final instalment of Drama Box's Project Mending Sky series. More than 70 people (including senior citizens from The Glowers and students from School of The Arts and Singapore Polytechnic) came together to put up this site-specific community arts project on Environment. For a month, we led audiences on a unique journey into the forest of Bukit Timah to "search" for the legendary Bukit Timah Monkey Man. During the "search", audiences journeyed through a series of installations, puppetry performance and movement choreography pieces created by some of the finest local artists.
Conducted in English & Mandarin
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