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