Kuo Pao Kun (1939 – 2002) was born in a poor farming village in Hebei, China. In 1949, he moved south to the multicultural Singapore. The inflections of his life journey are not lost upon the influence of his work, where the varied experience of diverse cultures has shaped and inspired a unique and inimitable vision of creativity. Arguably one of the most prominent pioneers of Singapore Theatre, Kuo’s 40 years of dedication and kindling of local theatre has been an influence to generations of artists and practitioners. Aside from script writing, Kuo has also written books, adapted scripts, and directed innumerable plays.
Since 2014, Kuo’s works are included in the syllabus in H2 Chinese and Literature in Junior Colleges. Through this talk, we will be able to understand Kuo’s life, his passion for drama, as well as his contribution to the local theatre scene, thus allowing us to have a better understanding and interpretation of his plays (including classics like Kopitiam and The Silly Little Girl and the Funny Old Tree).
Target Audience: Secondary and Tertiary
Student Capacity: Maximum 500
Available booking dates: Year round (Exact date and time to be discussed with the school)
Language: Mandarin or English (Please choose one)
Suggested Class Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Fee per instructor: $20 per student (Minimum $600 per booking) + prevailing GST
Venue & Technical Requirements: School hall or auditorium with projector and speakers
Option for digital edition.