Theatre practitioner and tutorial Leow Puay Tin, synonymous with works like Three Kids (1984), A Fashionable Girl Known as Ang Tau Mui (1993) and Household (1995) normally reads her personal writings as she writes.
“I do that to listen to the ‘voice’ in my head, to examine if the content material and kind are coming collectively, ” reveals Leow in a current interview.
Leow is within the technique of writing a number of new performs, scheduled for subsequent 12 months.
A brand new work referred to as The Carer’s Monologue & Refrain is being developed and this time, Leow is using a brand new methodology – a rehearsed studying. This one night time, free admission occasion is on on the Kotak house, 5 Arts Centre in Kuala Lumpur on Nov 9.
Directed by Fasyali Fadzly, the 50-minute rehearsed studying will characteristic Ali Alasri, Darynn Wee, Hannan Barakbah and Leow.
“That is the primary time I’m utilizing readings to check the work-in-progress. Up to now, I’ve discovered that it’s extra economical and efficient than doing a studio or workshop efficiency, ” says Leow, a performing arts lecturer.
The Carer’s Monologue & Refrain revolves round an 86-year-old girl who’s a connoisseur of Chinese language opera. As she grapples with the breaking down of her physique as a result of previous age, these round her are compelled to confront onerous truths about mortality, together with their very own.
“The central theme of the play is about ageing and dying, ” says Fasyali, 36, who teaches theatre research at Aswara in KL.
“It’s common to listen to of middle-ageing and aged individuals saying they don’t need to dwell with their kids. Then who is meant to maintain them? If not the household, then who? For me, it’s a large query. What occurs when the care-givers, the carers, begin to want care?” says Leow.
The collaborative course of with the playwright has been an open one, with enter steered by the solid.
“In rehearsal, we touch upon characters and plot and we ask Puay Tin questions concerning the play,” says Fasyali.
“Then she comes to every rehearsal with new concepts and a brand new draft. She claims she is a really power reviser. And I agree!” he provides.
Leow introduced Fasyali on board for this undertaking after watching his staging of Are You Recreation, Sau (dara)? in KL and Singapore early this 12 months. On this commissioned work by Singapore theatre outfit Centre 42, Fasyali and his staff needed to create a piece responding to Leow’s Three Kids.
“After that undertaking, she approached me and requested if I’m involved in directing her new play. With no second thought, I mentioned ‘sure’ as a result of I took this as a possibility to study from her, ” reveals Fasyali, who additionally has directed exhibits equivalent to Teater Juta-Juta (2011), Kotak Hitam (2011) and Ingatan (2017).
Leow says that this collaborative course of is actually useful to her as a playwright.
“It is vitally helpful to listen to different theatre individuals studying the draft. Issues come up in a short time particularly when they’re studying it chilly after which I attempt to repair it. I need to use this strategy for my future works, ” says Leow concludes.
The total model of the play is anticipated to be launched subsequent 12 months.
The Carer’s Monologue & Refrain is on at Kotak, 5 Arts Centre, 27 Lorong Datuk Sulaiman 7, Taman Tun Dr Ismail in Kuala Lumpur on Nov 9. Showtime: 8.30pm. Free admission. Fb: 5 Arts Centre.
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