Theatre for Young Audiences

SELECTED WORKS

Since 2012, I have performed and created numerous story-based Theatre-for-Young-Audiences works, including festival commissions, international tours, school touring shows and community shows in Singapore. My solo practice investigates ‘performativity’ in actors for TYA, as well as the complex act of co-creation, co-spectatorship and co-authorship in live theatre.

NAC - Arts in your Neighbourhood

NAC - Arts in your Neighbourhood

The Nursery Rhymes Project Launch

The Nursery Rhymes Project Launch

The Nursery Rhymes Project [2017-present]

PERFORMER-STORYTELLER // SINGAPORE

The Theatre Practice Education Project presents The Nursery Rhymes Project: Imagine Our Songs, a re-invention of classic children’s nursery rhymes in the form of a mini jukebox musical featuring short stories deftly crafted by Mandopop lyricist Xiaohan, and arranged by local leading musician Julian Wong. The Nursery Rhymes Project: Imagine Our Songs will have children humming along to classics like The Little White Boat, and The More We Get Together. We hope that their childhood will be dotted with fond memories of the Chinese language.

Conceived by The Theatre Practice’s Artistic Director Kuo Jian Hong, The Nursery Rhymes Project: Imagine Our Songs is more than a performance. It is an innovative approach to help children embrace the Chinese language at a tender age.

Be it in a classroom, or right inside your living room, this high-energy, interactive show invites you to sing, dance and groove along! 

“It is a very apt programme to entertain our children for Children’s Day. Our children enjoyed the performance very much, as they have done so in the past performances presented by Practice […] For the last 2 days, our children have been calling each other Kaya & Roti…” –  a school teacher

“It was interactive and the children enjoyed it! The timing was just nice to have the children engaged. Please help me extend our gratitude to the team once again for the wonderful show and giving our children a good children’s day celebration!” – a school teacher

Roti

Roti

Kaya, Roti and Guyou

Kaya, Roti and Guyou

Kaya and Roti in schools

Kaya and Roti in schools

DIGITAL THEATRE
Here Comes Kaya and Roti: Where are our friends? [2020]

PERFORMER-STORYTELLER // SINGAPORE

Kaya and Roti love to tell stories and sing nursery rhymes. More importantly, they love meeting new friends. But… with everyone stuck at home, what can they do? With the help of their pal Guyou, Kaya and Roti must rally together, get creative and find new ways to connect with their friends!

Playful, imaginative and engaging, HERE COMES KAYA AND ROTI! “Where Are Our Friends?” reinvents classic Mandarin nursery rhymes as a LIVE three-episode interactive family show series. 


Facing show closures in 2020, the team embarked on a journey to bring live theatre back to the homes of audiences.

REVIEW:

'As odd as it must have been to perform without an actual audience present, the team at TTP made sure that HERE COMES KAYA AND ROTI! still kept the energy and excitement up throughout the series, with good use of tech and scenography to fill our screens with wonder every time.' https://bakchormeeboy.com/2020/07/25/m1-patch-2020-here-comes-kaya-and-roti-where-are-our-friends-review/

In collaboration with @angmohteh

In collaboration with @angmohteh

Guai Guai

Guai Guai

Guai Guai

Guai Guai

Digital Version

Digital Version

Meet my Unusual Family [2019 - present]

CREATOR-STORYTELLER // SINGAPORE
THIS WAS FIRST PRESENTED AT ESPLANADE'S MOONFEST 2019.

Every year during the festivities, GuaiGuai and her family of magical monsters gather to celebrate. However, she is often teased for not being monstrous enough. GuaiGuai is tired of feeling bad about herself and needs help to find her very own special monster power in time for the party!

Join GuaiGuai and her family in a fun-filled interactive storytelling session about self-discovery and acceptance by Ang Xiao Ting. Toggling between the wonder of 2D illustrations, to 3D paintings, to object puppetry and science experiments, this mythical monster world is created by Malaysian illustrator Teh Xiang Her.


This performance is available in both languages, Mandarin and English, and is currently available for touring. A digital version of this work was recently presented at SAFRA Toa Payoh's Chinese New Year Celebrations.

Illustrator: Teh Xiang Her

Teh Xiang Her is a Malaysian graphic designer and illustrator. She is also the creator of her alter ego character Angmoteh (@angmoteh). She is passionate about creating characters that are inspired by people around her, and she endeavours to experiment the mixing of analogue and digital mediums, as well as explore diversifying colours and textures. Xiang Her currently oversees the visual communications at The Theatre Practice and develops the brand identity for the organisation. She also designs the key visuals for The Theatre Practice’s theatre productions and programmes. Most recently, she illustrated the festival key visual for M1 Patch! A Theatre Festival of Artful Play (2019).

Wee 2015

Wee 2015

Wee 2015

Wee 2015

Wee 2015

Wee 2015

Wee 2017

Wee 2017

Wee 2017

Wee 2017

Wee 2019

Wee 2019

Wee 2019

Wee 2019

The Theatre Practice presents: The wee Question Mark series [2019, 2017, 2015]

ENSEMBLE CAST // SINGAPORE

WINNER OF 2016 LIFE! THEATRE AWARDS BEST PRODUCTION FOR THE YOUNG 

NOMINATED AT THE 2017 LIFE! THEATRE AWARDS BEST PRODUCTION FOR THE YOUNG

The trilogy of The wee Question Mark series brings together Huang Suhuai(Playwright), Kuo Jian Hong (Director), Xiaohan (Lyrics), Julian Wong (Composer) and a stellar cast (Windson Liong, Ng Mun Poh and myself!) to take your kids another musical adventure through whacky storytelling and catchy songs!

2015: The wee Question Mark and the Adventurer

2017: The wee Question Mark and the Nameless

2019: The wee Question Mark and the Mountain Movers

'The cast sustains its tireless energy for the full hour, flashing exuberant smiles and offering comedic quick-fire dialogues. This is unsurprising considering their target audience is known to have a short attention span. What’s exceptional however, is the precision in which lines are delivered. Though animated, the cast is careful not to lose themselves in their vivacity, or let it consume the intention behind their words. Questions are posed simply and genuinely to the audience as though unscripted. As the catchy melody, thoughtful lyrics, and apt choreography all meld together, an intricately detailed performance score is conceived on stage. My inner child is thoroughly entertained, while my adult reviewer self is impressed by the level of skill and dedication present. It can be safely said that this humble family musical is easily one of the better local musicals staged this year.’ 

http://centre42.sg/the-wee-question-mark-and-the-nameless-by-the-theatre-practice/

'Day I met the Prince' Key Visual

'Day I met the Prince' Key Visual

Day I met the Prince

Day I met the Prince

Dat I met the Prince

Dat I met the Prince

M1 Chinese Theatre Festival presents: Day I met the Prince [2016]

CAST // SINGAPORE
PERFORMED AT SHANGHAI INTERNATIONAL THEATRE FESTIVAL

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.

'这部戏选择在小剧场上演是否在告诉儿童们去追求创意、才华、相信自己的信仰和追求自己喜欢的东西?这部戏是不是也从中告诉家长们,让他们鼓励自己的孩子,不要抹杀他们的天真、创意、作品,甚至是爱好与专长呢?'

https://centre42.sg/day-i-met-the-prince-by-the-theatre-practice/