Kuo Pao Kun Festival 2012- Searching for Kuo Pao Kun
2012 will mark the 10th anniversary of Kuo Pao Kun’s passing. To mark this momentous occasion, The Theatre Practice, the company he co-founded, will present a festival of his works next year. The plethora of works selected reflects Kuo’s humanistic ideals and his deep cultural sensitivities that are inherently Singaporean.
Key performances include:
Lao Jiu The Musical
This is the tale of a young man’s quest to follow his dreams. On the verge of winning a prestigious scholarship, Lao Jiu hesitated, torn because of his desire to pursue a career in puppetry. Would he forgo a glorious career in exchange for what his heart most desires? One of Kuo’s most iconic works, the musical rendition was first staged in 2005 to critical acclaims. In 2012, the play will be given a musical overhaul by some of the best known theatre and music industry heavyweights, and will feature a stellar cast of musical theatre veterans.
Highlights: The original story is updated to reflect the contemporary mores, and will feature new musical compositions by award-winning lyricist Xiao Han and composer Eric Ng. The story revolves around a student at the crossroad of his life- your students can certainly identify with the character searching for his rightful place.
Date: 12-29 July 2012
Time: 8pm (Thu-Sun) ; 2.30pm (Weekends)
Duration: Approximately 2hrs 30 mins
Venue: Drama Centre Theatre (National Library Building, Level 3)
Ticket price: $35, $42 & $35 (Preview: 12th July show only, 8pm); $66, $56 & $46 (all other shows)
Suitable for: primary, secondary, junior college and tertiary school students
Day I Met The Prince (Black Box Theatre version)
Day is a stage adaptation of the French novella The Little Prince. Written by the late playwright Kuo Pao Kun, Day follows the journey of a strange alien prince and his travels to various planets. It is both a beautiful journey that unravels the many sides of humanity and a moving discovery of self-worth. Performed in various countries, this internationally acclaimed play has influenced generations of young people.
Highlights: Our most popular school touring show will be staged in a theatre for the first time. Encapsulated in the black box theatre, the theatre experience will be heightened with stage set, live music and a richer storyline. This interactive performance will keep your students on their toes, engage their imaginations and ignite their passion for the Chinese language!
Date: 30 Aug- 2 Sep 2012
30/8: 2pm, 5pm, 8pm
31/8: 11am (Fully booked), 5pm 8pm
1/9: 1pm, 5pm, 8pm
2/9: 11am, 2pm, 5pm
Duration: Approximately 75 minutes
Venue: SOTA Studio Theatre (Address: 1 Zubir Said Drive, Singapore 227968)
Ticket price: $25
Suitable for: primary and secondary school students
The Impending Storm – The Silly Little Girl and the Funny Old Tree*
is directed by Fu Hong Zheng (Malaysia/ Taiwan), one of the most watched heavyweight directors of his generation. In the story, a peculiar looking tree draws the adoration of a silly little girl in the school compound. The sudden appearance of a bulldozer threatens to end their tranquility.
Highlights: Director Fu will present his unique interpretation of Kuo’s script, bringing you into the fantastical topsy-turvy world of The Silly Little Girl and the Funny Old Tree. This fantastical collage of life and art, will be presented with a strong stroke of physical movements and multimedia effects.
Date: 6-16 Sep 2012
Time: 8pm (Tue-Sat); 3pm (Sat & Sun)
Show duration: approximately 90 minutes
Venue: SOTA Studio Theatre (Address: 1 Zubir Said Drive, Singapore 227968）
Ticket price: $38
Suitable for: upper primary, secondary, junior college and tertiary school students
A Singapore literary classic; the iconoclastic play evokes the memories of the 20th century Pacific War, and investigates the guilt, pain and complexities the war incited.
Highlights: Makoto Sato (Za-Koenji Public Theatre, Japan) and Danny Yung (Zuni Icosahedron, Hong Kong) will work independently with established Kunqu, Noh and Beijing Opera masters in their respective countries to develop two 50 minutes long presentation inspired by Kuo’s seminal script.
Date: 25-28 Oct 2012
Time: 8pm (Wed-Sat); 3pm (Sat)
Show duration: approximately 90 minutes
Venue: Joyden Hall at iluma (Address: #07-01, ILUMA, 201 Victoria Street)
Ticket price: $38
Suitable for: secondary, junior college and tertiary school students
Talk: “Who is Kuo Pao Kun?”
This talk serves as an introduction to the late playwright Kuo Pao Kun, and offers insights into the aesthetics of local theatre. Students will also learn how Kuo has shape our local arts and cultural landscape. Widely regarded as the father of Singapore theatre, this will be a rare opportunity for students to learn about the intricate relationship between life and arts. (Language: Conducted in Mandarin or English; up to 200 students per session; duration: 1.5hrs; fees: $250 (including tax))
School Discounts and other information:
Lao Jiu The Musical – 15% (20 tickets & above); 20% (50 tickets & above)
Day I Met The Prince – 15% (10 tickets & above)
The Impending Storm – The Silly Little Girl and the Funny Old Tree – 15% (10 tickets & above); 20% (20 tickets & above)
The Spirits Play – 15% (10 tickets & above); 20% (20 tickets & above)
*Pay only $62 to catch The Silly Little Girl and the Funny Old Tree and Spirits Play.
•Complimentary tickets: Accompanying teacher will receive 1 free ticket for every 20 purchased.
•Teacher’s Pack: we will also prepare teaching materials that will aid in classroom discussions.
•All the performances are performed in Mandarin with English surtitles, with the exception of Spirits Play which will be performed in Mandarin and Japanese, with English surtitles.
•Post-show talk: Gearing for a dialogue with the creative team? This is available for matinee shows only. Registration is required.
•All ticket prices quoted exclude SISTIC fees.
•Tote Board Arts Grant subsidy (up to 50%): Please contact us for more details.
School Booking Forms:
•Day I Met The Prince: http://www.practice.org.sg/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/Day-I-Met-the-Prince-School-booking-form_30Jul.pdf
•The Impending Storm – The Silly Little Girl and the Funny Old Tree: The Impending Storm- The Silly Little Girl and the Funny Old Tree-School booking form 03082012
•Double Show Pass (The Silly Little Girl & The Funny Old Tree AND Spirits Play): http://en.practice.org.sg/files/2011/12/Silly-Girl-Spirits-Play-School-booking-form-30072012.pdf
•The Spirits Play: http://www.practice.org.sg/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/Spirit-Play-School-booking-form-v1.1.pdf