The Complete Works of Kuo Pao Kun ⑦: Papers and Speeches
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.
Published Year 2020$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 seminar...
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 It also contains the previously unpublished “Random Thoughts on Detention”.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.
Published Year 2020$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 c...
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.
Published Year 2020$16.80
Wu Jun Ru and You and Me and Him (2004) Missing Person Name: Wu Jun Ru Age: Unknown Height: Average Special traits: Quiet, elusive, temperamental, unpredictable You and me and him...
The Theatre Practice Collection of Original Scripts 3: Poor Theatre Series$16.80
Wu Jun Ru and You and Me and Him (2004)
Name: Wu Jun Ru
Special traits: Quiet, elusive, temperamental, unpredictable
You and me and him are waiting looking searching urgently for Wu Jun Ru. Your childhood pal, or my soul mate, or his buddy. Don’t know how to find, who can help? Can find without photo? Date of missing can’t remember, can still find? If you have information, please contact you, me or him. Thank you everyone!
Long-forgotten memories resurface when a delivery man delivers a letter to an amnesiac living in an old folks home, signed by the mysterious Wu Jun Ru. Yet no one seems to know who he is or what his relationship is to them. Director Kuo Jian Hong leads three actors to create this devised text-based work. Featuring a dynamic conceptual set design by Kuo Jian Hong, this surreal production explores the fleeting, seemingly insignificant moments in our memory and what happens when they finally resurface.
Wu jun ru and you and me and him was nominated for Best Ensemble Acting for the 2004 Life! Theatre Awards.
Cat Man (2006)
In a town with no name, there lives a man troubled by strange nightmares: he only dreams of cats. On one fateful dawn, this man chances upon a cat, and the two realize that they can communicate with each other. This strange encounter precipitates a course of events where the man meets odd characters and soon starts losing his grip on reality, not knowing if all this cat business is a dream or if, in fact, it is real, so real that he is turning into a cat…
A castrated cat becomes meek and timid- so what does this say about a man who finds himself nightmarishly slipping between human and cat? “Catman” is a quirky and inquisitive play written by Liu Xiaoyi and directed by Alvin Chiam. The text-based work is a nightmarish absurdist take on emotional castration and our search for identity in the modern world.
Catman was also presented as part of The Creative Asia Festival 2007 (Shanghai) and the Macau Black Box Series 2008 (Macau).
Man To Man (2010)
Confucius advocates that every man has his place.
Man to Man stages a series of encounters between two men to explore male identity. Through the relationship of “father and son”, we explore the depths of war and humanity, patriarchy and violence, tradition and rebellion. This text-based work examines the complexities of situating gender within the order of the world.
About The Poor Theatre Series:
A cradle for practitioners to devise new works and experiment with the theatrical form, The Theatre Practice’s Poor Theatre Series (2003-2013) brought together theatre veterans and emerging performers to co-mingle, collide and create.
Published as part of The Theatre Practice’s 50th Anniversary celebrations.
Published Year 2020$34.00
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...
The Complete Works of Kuo Pao Kun ④: Plays in English$34.00
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.
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)