The Complete Works of Kuo Pao Kun ①: Plays in Chinese (The 1960s and the 1970s)
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.
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.
Published Year 2020$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 ...
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
- The Turkey in the Straw Field
- My Little Donkey
- Catching Loaches
- Two Tigers
- The Stream By My Home
- Poplar Tree
- The Trishaw (Narrated)
- The Trishaw (Sung)
- The Whisper of the West Wind
- Make a Phone Call
- In This World, Mothers Are Best
- The Country Road
- Day I Met The Stars
Find out more about The Nursery Rhymes Project here.
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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...
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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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)
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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.