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  • And Love The Wind And Rain

    Published Year 2020

    Published on the 100th day anniversary of Kuo Pao Kun’s passing, this book is a loving tribute to the “most important cultural figure in Singapore’s history” and a significant dramatist, teacher and public intellect...

    $30.00

    And Love The Wind And Rain

    $30.00

    Published on the 100th day anniversary of Kuo Pao Kun’s passing, this book is a loving tribute to the “most important cultural figure in Singapore’s history” and a significant dramatist, teacher and public intellectual in Asia. 

    The book features writing, translations, photographs and audio-visual materials from Kuo, his mentees and contemporaries including Quah Sy Ren, Han Laoda and Sim Wong Hoo.

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  • Day I Met The Prince

    Published Year 2020

    Experience the joy of life and embark on a moving discovery of self-worth in this spirited stage adaptation of the beloved French classic fable, The Little Prince

    $10.00

    Day I Met The Prince

    $10.00

    Experience the joy of life and embark on a moving discovery of self-worth in this spirited stage adaptation of the beloved French classic fable, The Little Prince by late theatre doyen Kuo Pao Kun. Let the melodious tunes lead you into the mystical universe of the Little Prince. Join him in his search for a way to protect his beloved rose!

    Since its debut in the 80s, this show has captured the hearts of generations of Singaporean youths and the classic script has been produced and staged by theatre companies worldwide. With its unique blend of theatre, music and shadow puppetry, The Theatre Practice invites children and adults alike to journey with the Little Prince and be moved by this timeless classic.

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  • Liao Zhai Rocks! Souvenir Programme Booklet

    Published Year 2020

    The 2019 production of Liao Zhai Rocks! saw a reunion of long-term Practice collaborators, many of whom had followed the musical since its first staging in 2010. Featuring exclusive interviews with the creative team and never-before-seen design drafts ...

    $16.00

    Liao Zhai Rocks! Souvenir Programme Booklet

    $16.00

    The 2019 production of Liao Zhai Rocks! saw a reunion of long-term Practice collaborators, many of whom had followed the musical since its first staging in 2010.

    Featuring exclusive interviews with the creative team and never-before-seen design drafts and rehearsal photos, discover how they brought the world of Liao Zhai Rocks! to life with the souvenir programme booklet.


    How do you bring to life the mysterious world of the supernatural on stage? Balance.

    Between classic literature and modern rock.
    Between period references and contemporary inspirations.
    Between light and dark.
    Between precision and wildness.
    Between reality and the imagined.

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  • The Complete Works of Kuo Pao Kun ①: Plays in Chinese (The 1960s and the 1970s)

    Published Year 2020

    In 1965, theatre doyen Kuo Pao Kun founded the Singapore Performing Arts School with dancer Goh Lay Kuan. In response to the social and economic reforms implemented after Singapore’s independence, Kuo’s first plays were...

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    The Complete Works of Kuo Pao Kun ①: Plays in Chinese (The 1960s and the 1970s)

    $20.00

    In 1965, theatre doyen Kuo Pao Kun founded the Singapore Performing Arts School with dancer Goh Lay Kuan. In response to the social and economic reforms implemented after Singapore’s independence, Kuo’s first plays were marked by their socially conscious stance and were subsequently banned by the authorities.

    Scripts:

    Hey, Wake Up! (1968), The Struggle (1969), Items from “An Evening of Poetry and Short Plays” (1969), which replaced The Struggle after its ban two weeks before opening night.

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  • The Complete Works of Kuo Pao Kun ②: Plays in Chinese (The 1980s)

    Published Year 2020

    Detained without trial for four and a half years, Kuo Pao Kun underwent a major reflection on his perceptions and thoughts. He was released in 1980 and resumed directing, producing and writing plays immediately. Moving away...

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    The Complete Works of Kuo Pao Kun ②: Plays in Chinese (The 1980s)

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    Detained without trial for four and a half years, Kuo Pao Kun underwent a major reflection on his perceptions and thoughts. He was released in 1980 and resumed directing, producing and writing plays immediately. Moving away from his previous trait of overt social criticism, Kuo began to explore new creative challenges and theatrical styles. By remembering and reflecting local realities, Kuo’s essential humanism was reflected in his vision of theatre.

    Scripts: 

    Ping (1982), The Little White Sailing Boat (1982), The Coffin Is Too Big For The Hole (1985), Kopitiam (The Coffee Shop) (1986), Actors and Singers (1986), No Parking On Odd Days (1987), Silly Little Girl and Funny Old Tree (1987), The Day I Met The Prince (1988), Mama Looking For Her Cat (1988)

    Edited by Quah Sy Ren

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  • The Complete Works of Kuo Pao Kun ③: Plays in Chinese (The 1990s)

    Published Year 2020

    By the 1990s, Kuo Pao Kun’s multidisciplinary, multilingual and multicultural approach to theatre made him a pioneering figure of contemporary theatre in Singapore. Even as he established art institutions like The Theatre...

    $22.00

    The Complete Works of Kuo Pao Kun ③: Plays in Chinese (The 1990s)

    $22.00

    By the 1990s, Kuo Pao Kun’s multidisciplinary, multilingual and multicultural approach to theatre made him a pioneering figure of contemporary theatre in Singapore. Even as he established art institutions like The Theatre Practice and The Substation, he continued to write and direct plays. Lauded for their pluralism and humanistic ideals, his works were performed numerous times in Singapore and overseas, to critical acclaim. 

    Scripts:

    Lao Jiu (1990), The Eagle And The Cat (1990), 0Zero01 (1991), The Evening Climb (1992), We Played Xiang Sheng That Night (1994), Descendants of the Eunuch Admiral (1995), Calling The East Wind (1996), Grandpa’s Meat Bone Tea (1997), Spirits Play (1998)

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  • The Complete Works of Kuo Pao Kun ④: Plays in English

    Published Year 2020

    Theatre doyen Kuo Pao Kun broke the mould of single-language theatre when he wrote the draft of his first English play, The Coffin Is Too Big For The Hole in 1984. From that point on, he wrote plays both in Mandarin and Eng...

    $34.00

    The Complete Works of Kuo Pao Kun ④: Plays in English

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    Theatre doyen Kuo Pao Kun broke the mould of single-language theatre when he wrote the draft of his first English play, The Coffin Is Too Big For The Hole in 1984. From that point on, he wrote plays both in Mandarin and English, frequently translating his works to reach both Chinese-speaking and English-speaking theatre goers. 

    Kuo Pao Kun’s multidisciplinary, multilingual and multicultural approach to theatre has made him a pioneering figure of contemporary theatre in Singapore. Lauded for their pluralism and humanistic ideals, his works have been translated into countless languages and performed worldwide to critical acclaim. 

    Scripts:

    The Coffin Is Too Big For The Hole (1984), No Parking On Odds Days (1984), Kopitam (The Coffee Shop) (1986), The Silly Little Girl and the Funny Old Tree (1987), Day I Met The Prince (1988), Mama Looking For Her Cat (1988), The Eagle and the Cat (A Monodrama)  (1990), Lao Jiu – The Ninth Born (1990), 0Zero01  (1991), The Evening Climb (1991), Descendants of the Eunuch Admiral (1995), Geylang People in the Net (1997), The Spirits Play (1998), Sunset Rise (1999), One Hundred Years in Waiting (2001)

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  • The Complete Works of Kuo Pao Kun ⑥: Commentaries

    Published Year 2020

    Drama doyen Kuo Pao Kun was not just a playwright.  During his lifetime, he had constructed his own views towards culture and humanity. Through his teaching and numerous arts and c...

    $25.00

    The Complete Works of Kuo Pao Kun ⑥: Commentaries

    $25.00

    Drama doyen Kuo Pao Kun was not just a playwright. 

    During his lifetime, he had constructed his own views towards culture and humanity. Through his teaching and numerous arts and cultural activities, he had influenced many theatre practitioners and intellectuals in various cultural fields with his views. Such influence had even reached some of the ruling elites.

    This volume is a collection of commentaries written by him on his own and others’ creative works. For any research on Kuo Pao Kun, as a cultural “engineer”, this collection will serve as an important and relevant reference.

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  • The Complete Works of Kuo Pao Kun ⑦: Papers and Speeches

    Published Year 2020

    This book compiles Kuo Pao Kun’s papers and speeches about the development of theatre, and his cultural and artistic exploration.  Looking at Kuo Pao Kun’s theatre works, most ...

    $25.00

    The Complete Works of Kuo Pao Kun ⑦: Papers and Speeches

    $25.00

    This book compiles Kuo Pao Kun’s papers and speeches about the development of theatre, and his cultural and artistic exploration. 

    Looking at Kuo Pao Kun’s theatre works, most people believe that his cultural and social philosophy changed dramatically after his detention under the Internal Security Act from 1976 to 1980. Yet the difference may not be as large as we think. While the tone and expression of his early articles are quite different from comments made in the 1980s, many of Kuo’s well-known views on theatre and culture are reflected in his pre-detention writings. At its most fundamental, his ideology has remained consistent throughout the years.

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  • The Complete Works of Kuo Pao Kun ⑧: Interviews

    Published Year 2020

    Offering insight into Kuo Pao Kun’s creative ideas and philosophy, this book contains English and Mandarin interviews by Singaporean and international journalists and academics, excerpts from panel discussions and seminar...

    $25.00

    The Complete Works of Kuo Pao Kun ⑧: Interviews

    $25.00

    Offering insight into Kuo Pao Kun’s creative ideas and philosophy, this book contains English and Mandarin interviews by Singaporean and international journalists and academics, excerpts from panel discussions and seminars. 

    The book contains full-length features on Kuo’s life and artistic practice, comments and interviews published in the media, and transcripts of speeches and dialogues with other arts practitioners. It also contains the previously unpublished “Random Thoughts on Detention”. Written during the lowest point of his life and filled with hope and spiritual freedom, it will give readers a new understanding of Kuo’s profound outlook on life.

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  • The Complete Works of Kuo Pao Kun ⑨: Life and Work: A Pictorial Record

    Published Year 2020

    Discover the life of theatre doyen Kuo Pao Kun through his words and photographs in this pictorial record… Kuo Pao Kun moved from the rural areas in Hebei to Beijing, Hong Kong, S...

    $25.00

    The Complete Works of Kuo Pao Kun ⑨: Life and Work: A Pictorial Record

    $25.00

    Discover the life of theatre doyen Kuo Pao Kun through his words and photographs in this pictorial record…

    Kuo Pao Kun moved from the rural areas in Hebei to Beijing, Hong Kong, Singapore and then Australia; his record of attending six secondary schools; his works repeatedly banned from being staged publicly; his wholehearted devotion to learning Malay literature with the help of a dictionary; his determination to establish experimental theatre through the convergence of people “power”; his wondrous idea of founding a theatre training programme incorporating Eastern theatre traditions; his noble ambition of connecting the Asian theatre circle… in this worldly journey of his, he may have passed on but others continue to thread in his footsteps.

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  • The Nursery Rhymes Project 2: Paint Our Songs

    Published Year 2020

    A gift handed down from one generation to the next… Travel to the whimsical watercolour worlds of Nursery Rhymes, as popular Singaporean illustrator Lee Kow Fong (Ah Guo) brings to life the imaginative wonders of nursery rhymes, with a dash of local ...

    $20.00

    The Nursery Rhymes Project 2: Paint Our Songs

    $20.00

    A gift handed down from one generation to the next…

    Travel to the whimsical watercolour worlds of Nursery Rhymes, as popular Singaporean illustrator Lee Kow Fong (Ah Guo) brings to life the imaginative wonders of nursery rhymes, with a dash of local flavour.

    Each Paint Our Songs illustrated lyric book comes with the corresponding Sing Our Songs soundtrack. Fun, surprising and immensely catchy, award-winning musician Julian Wong’s original arrangements bring our signature light touch to classic children’s songs, featuring the voices of Singapore’s top singers and musical theatre talents.

     The Nursery Rhymes Project 2 Song List

    1. The Turkey in the Straw Field
    2. My Little Donkey
    3. Catching Loaches
    4. Two Tigers
    5. The Stream By My Home
    6. Poplar Tree
    7. The Trishaw (Narrated)
    8. The Trishaw (Sung)
    9. The Whisper of the West Wind
    10. Make a Phone Call
    11. In This World, Mothers Are Best
    12. The Country Road
    13. Day I Met The Stars

    Find out more about The Nursery Rhymes Project here.

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