SHORT+SWEET SINGAPORE 2009: Injecting new faces, ideas and energy into the Mandarin theatre scene
Singapore, 19 June 2009 – The Mandarin 10 component of Short+Sweet Singapore 2009 includes several newcomers to the theatre scene, including a commercial film director, engineer, lawyer and even a medical student. In addition, the number of plays submitted has doubled from 11 entries last year to 25 this year. This is a great indication of how the festival is helping to nurture and expand the Mandarin theatre community in Singapore.
One of the main aims of Short+Sweet is to promote local theatre in all the country festivals, giving people a chance to share their stories and have their voices heard.
“Growing up in a generation where speaking Mandarin is considered not cool enough, I had doubts about the level of interest for Mandarin theatre. Working on Short+Sweet has proved that there are still many young Singaporeans who value the Chinese language and want to be involved in Mandarin theatre,” says Kyan Ng, the Mandarin 10 Co-ordinator for the festival.
One of the participating directors, Yeo Kok Siew says: “(Mandarin theatre is) always in the shadow of its English counterpart. It generally suffers from the lack of support, which is ironic given that Chinese media platforms enjoy highest readership/listenership/ratings. The challenge is to produce works which are solid and simple and accessible, and to grow together with the audience in sophistication.”
The Short+Sweet Singapore festival is currently the only one that has a non-English language play component in its chapter, though this is set to change when it expand to other countries such as the Philippines, France and China.
“Personally, it is the attraction of the possibility of a Singaporean theatre that make Mandarin theatre very appealing for me,” adds playwright Tay Woo Chiao who has written a couple plays for The Theatre Practice.
This year’s season includes an eclectic range of subjects such as life experienced through Sichuan cuisine, suicide, love that only lasts 1½ minutes and the value of old friends.
Refer to Annex 1 for the full festival line-up of plays.
SHORT+SWEET SINGAPORE 2009 SEASON – MANDARIN 10
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Short+Sweet is currently expanding its network to include London, Paris and Beijing. A regional tour of the best plays from Singapore is planned for 2010.
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