3 Rooms is the year-end showcase developed and devised by members of Practice Lab 2014. This year, the question of “space” was the primary stimulant that led these lab members on a creative journey. As these lab members toggled between directing, script-writing, devising and performing, lab Director Liu Xiaoyi mentors them throughout the process to arrive at these three pieces of Chinese-language original work.
Living in an increasingly crowded city, what does space mean to you? A house? A room? Or a virtual fantasy world?
Three performances, three spaces, three different predicaments.
Bringing you on a journey through perseverance against letting go, through desire against fear, and through patience and persistence.
A woman, a room, a dialogue with oneself.
Who has not loved, grieved, hated? If the heart is sealed, can it be protected from harm? Will it then be kept pure and robust? Can we then attain happiness?
She, the woman who sealed off her heart, and yet not attained the happiness she desires. In the end, she sealed herself in as well. Why is that so?
2. The Nude
She is the subject of a nude painting.
Someone once quipped, “Nakedness is a dress which you cannot disrobe.”
What kind of story lies beneath this “dress which you cannot disrobe”?
And the truth; how will it be cruelly peeled, layer after layer?
Nails are used to hold things up, to build things, to join things together. But they are also used to hold things down, make things immovable and embedded for eternity.
An old person desperately builds up a dream in her rickety old house, filled with holes from a life before.
Two ghosts hold on to long-forgotten promises, in spite of the inevitable.
What is more foolish, to wait or to let go? To hold on, or to give up? What makes us stay embedded in the ground even as the world threatens to shift beneath us?
The Practice Lab: Poor Theatre Series
Date: 5 – 16 November 2014
Venue: Stamford Arts Centre
Practice Lab 2014
Jodi Chan, Isabella Chiam, Darren Guo, Hung Chit-Wah, Felix, Ric Liu, Grace Khoo, Neo Hai Bin, Ng Mun Poh, Fervyn Tan, Jo Tan, Juliet Zhu, Zhu Xin Chen
“Devised by The Theatre Practice’s Lab, an experimental wing headed by director Liu Xiaoyi, there is a third short play written by Juliet Zhu and directed by Isabella Chiam that I did not get a chance to see – only two plays are staged each evening. But while brief, 3 Rooms stands out as an intriguing showcase of new Chinese writing for the theatre, raw around the edges but pulsing with energy, bringing out several new voices with fresh things to say.”