Date：9 - 11 November 2001
A theatrical construction directed by Ma Hui Tian.
A dramatic confrontation led by Kuo Pao Kun.
A reflection of the human condition through artistic dialogue and engagement between Ma Hui Tian, Kuo Pao Kun, and the cast.
The theatre scene in Singapore has seen a good number of classics dramatised on stage yet few have come out blustering with such idealistic fervour, impassioned by a cause but mediated with thought. Fashioned like a Greek drama, AESOP QUERIED is an especially cathartic piece, rousing strong emotions for an audience accustomed to stability and platitudes and perhaps vicariously feeding off these ideals which are performed but not lived. Steered by simple, identifiable themes such as love, freedom and dignity and familiar elements such as the life of Aesop and his fables, AESOP QUERIED is an ostensible dramatic "fight" for freedom against oppression, putting up a brave front against a cynical world and laughing at the world for all its vainglorious folly. It is a play that tries to keep finding relevance for itself in post-modern world which has found it archaic.
Art originates from life. Theatre is like a mirror that reflects the people and happenings in life from a different perspective, encouraging us to look within ourselves and to observe the ways of others.
Kuo Jian Hong | Artistic Director