I’m very excited to announce that I’m heading to TPAM Performing Arts Meeting in Yokohama, Japan for Arts Equator! I’ll be there from 12-18 February, and will be reviewing a bunch of shows and interviewing and meeting a lot of theatre people in the region. 私はパットです, はじめまして! (I am Pat, nice to meet you!) If you’re there, please say hi. It’ll be my first time so I’m open to suggestions on where to go, and most importantly, where to eat – ha.
Stepping into ANGKAT is like entering another world that seems almost close to home, but not quite. A couple leisurely glides along in a sampan, a man fishes while standing on top of a stool, and a child sits under an umbrella. The backdrop is lit in a luminous purple colour, bathing the cast with a twilight glow. As such, the world of ANGKAT submerges the familiar with the imaginative. Playing with fact and fiction, ANGKAT’s take on the Singapore story is definitive, maybe.
John Berger and Jean Mohr’s essay-book A Fortunate Man was published in 1967. It follows the life of an English country doctor, John Sassall, who killed himself some years after the book was published. More than 50 years later, UK theatre company New Perspective takes on this tale in a play of the same name.
Happy new year! Inspired by Rev Stan, I’m starting off the year with some theatre noted in the diary (and a horrified bank account). Here are 9 plays I’m looking forward to seeing in 2019 (in chronological order):
What the website says: In this lecture performance, actress Sharon Frese explores the history and influence of the African diaspora in Singapore. Dredging the archives, she shares images and documents relating to slavery, colonialism, jazz and nationalist struggle, reaffirming the value of black culture as part of our shared heritage.
Why I’m excited: I’m all for “revisionist history” in our bicentennial year.