Night Spin 182.7FM (Singapore Writers' Festival 2020)
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Night Spin 182.7FM (Singapore Writers' Festival 2020)



 

ANGRY INDIAN WOMEN: THE TRIAL 

  

KALAISELVI GRACE 

Conceptualizer & Director 

Kalaiselvi Grace, an Intercultural Theatre Institute graduate, is a freelance theatre practitioner. Her own creations include Angry Indian Women (2020) & Touch Me Not (2019, Goddesses of Words series with The Arts House), Crocodiles in Kurtas (2019) & The Old Fogies (2018, Esplanade’s OctoBurst), Mother I (2, 2017) and Mother I: Amma Naan: Ibu Aku (2016). Grace acted in Four Horse Road (2020, The Theatre Practice) Ms British (2019, Esplanade Studio Series) and Precise Purpose of Being Broken (2019, M1SFF). She directed 3FVU (2019) and The Good Farmer (2018) for TWorks. She also initiated and is part of Brown Voices, a playwrighting collective. 

 

ASWANI ASWATH 

Playwright 

Aswani Aswath is a freelance playwright, theatre-maker and an educator. Some of her works and collaborations include Under the Five Trees for Light to Night Festival, Well of Silence for T:>Works’ N.O.W and Absence Makes The Heart… for Centre 42’s The Vault series and Wild Rice’s Singapore Theatre Festival. Aswani was the Writer-in-Residence for Buds Theatre Company from 2014 to 2017. She graduated with a Masters of Arts in Creative Writing credited by Goldsmiths, University of London in 2020. Aswani was recently featured in StoryFest Singapore and is currently a participant of The Necessary Stage’s Playwrights’ Cove, under the mentorship of Haresh Sharma.  

  

INCH CHUA 

Sound Designer 

Born in Singapore, educated in Fine-arts, and inducted into the music industry in Los Angeles, Inch has made a career as an international recording and performing artist. Her passion for the arts, wild places, and technology has led her to play at numerous festivals around the world and experimenting in a variety of art forms. An appreciator of good gin, random animal factoids and dense film essays, Inch is a recipient of the National Youth Award in 2018 for her contributions in the arts and was recently awarded Best Sound at the 2020 LIFE! Theatre Awards for her multisensory theatrical music production in 'Til The End Of The World, We'll Meet In No Man's Land. She is currently based in Singapore with her two cats and nursery of plants. 

  

REBEKAH SANGEETHA DORAI 

Actor 

Rebekah Sangeetha Dorai is an actor, singer and voiceover artist. She has written songs for numerous productions; and debuted her solo jazz concert Sangeetha Sings Sinatra: Live in early 2019. Her next solo concert, Sangeetha and Simone, is slated for 2020/21. She was most recently seen in the online shows Who’s There? (by The Transit Ensemble), The Coronalogues (by SRT), Two Songs and a Story (by Checkpoint Theatre), Kumar and friends (by Relish SG) and The National Day Parade (2020). Follow her upcoming theatre and music @ms.dorai and see her reels at www.msdorai.com. 

  

LINA YU   

Actor 
Since Lina graduated from the Intercultural Theatre Institute (ITI) in 2014, she has been involved in various theatre productions as an actor, and is recently exploring acting in film and TV as well. Currently under The Substation’s Associate Artist Programme, Lina hopes to explore more about form and culture, as well as diaspora in the region. She looks forward to collaborating with fellow practitioners from different disciplines, while continuing to hone her craft as an actor and creator. 

  

KARTHIKEYAN SOMASUNDARAM 

Actor 

Karthikeyan Somasundaram, who graduated from Lasalle College for the Arts in 2019, is an actor and host who has a passion for writing and direction as well. He has worked with David Glass (Requiem for Change), Adam Marple (Henry V), Effendy Ibrahim (New World Order), Elizabeth De Roza (Medea), G Selva (Reservist), and Ganesh Kasi (Othello, Murasu). He has also written and directed plays such as  Adukku Veettu Annasamy as part of the Esplanade’s Raaga Series and Kullanari, an adaptation of the film ‘Reservoir Dogs’. 

He was awarded Best Actor (Annamalai) and Best Infotainment Host (Sathuranga Vettai) in Pradhana Vizha Awards 2016, by Vasantham. He continues to act, host and write for drama, info-ed, and variety TV series. 

  

SUHAILI SAFARI 

Actor 

Suhaili Safari has worked professionally as a theatre practitioner since 2005. Although largely a stage actor, Suhaili dabbles in writing and/or directing in productions such as 'The Kingdom Under My Bed' (2010, Teater Ekamatra) and 'Move, As We Move' (2017, KaizenMD). She actively involves herself in community partnership through outreach endeavours with Sweet Tooth by Cake Theatrical Productions and Drama Box for 'Both Sides, Now'. Her recent work includes 'The Clockwork Orange' (2019, Teater Ekamatra), 'Tanah°Air' (2019, Dramabox) and 'Inside Voices' (2019, Lazy Native) which won Best Outstanding Work at the annual Vaults Festival in London. 

  

PRAMILA PAM 

Actor 

Pramila developed her love for the arts since young. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts under the University of Essex and is now currently an arts educator. In 2017, her writing made a debut in a devised performance staged at Centre42. She has performed in various collaborations and plays staged in the Esplanade, The Arts house and Centre 42. She is hoping to one day be able to stage and act a performance written by her. Pam is a resident of a writing collective "Brown Voices” and hopes to continue giving voice to the unvoiced. 

 

 

 

WRITING’S ON THE WALL  
 

NEIGHBORHOOD  

Neighborhood is a curatorial consultancy based in Singapore. It focuses on commissioning within the urban context of the global city, with particular emphasis on bringing together artists and designers with local communities and organisations to create new narrative environments, experiences, and events of public value. WEISH Versatile artist weish’s work spans diverse genres and disciplines. With electronic duo .gif and experimental group sub:shaman, weish has toured globally from Sundance Film Festival to the Golden Melody Awards. She has collaborated internationally, building sound art installations in London and working with DJs in Tokyo. She was the musical director for Checkpoint Theatre’s Displaced Persons’ Welcome Dinner and wrote and performed Beside Ourselves, a form-bending production presented by .gif for the M1 Singapore Fringe Festival. Recently, she wrote and performed Two Songs and a Story, her most vulnerable work to date.  

GENTLE BONES  

Joel Tan, who goes by Gentle Bones, is one of Singapore’s top English artists and has made waves across the globe. Since his self-titled debut EP in 2015, the 26-year-old has four albums under his belt and has taken his music to fans across the world with live performances and festivals. Gentle Bones’s EP Michelle, is his most streamed EP to date. Its title track, “I Wouldn't Know Any Better Than You”, has amassed more than 24 million streams on Spotify.  

ABANGSAPAU  

ABANGSAPAU is a 21-year-old Malay-Sikh hip hop artiste who isn’t afraid to challenge the boundaries of the local music scene. Known for donning his sarung, ABANGSAPAU is a firm proponent of representing his culture and ethnicity in his artistry. Within a year of his beginning, the rapper has gone from paying his dues at underground gigs to performing at the nationwide National Day Parade 2020 and Mediacorp's 2020 New Year’s Eve Countdown concert.  

ABBY SIMONE  

Abby Simone’s stylistic voice is one that you can recognise from a mile away. Driven by her calling to evoke emotions with sound, she is slated to release her first ever solo EP titled, ‘Matters of the Heart’ in 2020 after a decade in the making. This EP will bring listeners on a journey through all the highs and lows that led to its completion.  

SAM RUI  

Sam Rui is a singer-songwriter who is known for her contribution to the alternative R&B scene in Singapore. Rui has released two albums since her debut in 2017. She has collaborated with notable musicians such as alextbh (MY), Gentlebones and MYRNE (SG), Meloh (SK), and lent her songwriting prowess to artists such as Estelle Fly (SG), RRILEY (SG),and Jooyoung (SK). Rui has performed on various stages including St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival, Ultra Festival, Sundown and Singapore Grand Prix, and SPLASH! Festival in Berlin. 

 

 

LOVE RADIO 

 
DEBORAH EMMANBUEL  

Deborah Emmanuel is a Singaporean poet, performer, professional speaker and the host of CNA’s Show Me The City. She has written 3 books - When I Giggle In My Sleep (2015), Rebel Rites (2016) and Genesis Visual Poetry Collection (2018). When not writing, Deborah tours internationally, makes movement and theatre pieces, sings with different music projects, and develops her practice in multiple alternative healing modalities. 
 
Mantravine /ˈmæntrəvaɪn/ origin:Universal 
A highly conscious and ever-evolving organism composed of interchangeable musical parts; electronic pangs and pings, poetry, mantra and healing song, banging brass-lines and sweet-stringed carnatic guitar. Its psychedelic sound has reached audiences at festivals like Luminate & Twisted Frequency (New Zealand), Atman (Sri Lanka), Phoenix (Hawaii), Gaggalacka (Germany), Nataraja (France), One Music Camp (Japan), F1, Neon Lights (Singapore) and many more. Mantravine continues to defy genre with a variety of techniques like looping, improvisation, audience participation and unexpected combinations of style and frequency. 

 

 

SHADES OF SELF 

 

NYSHKA CHANDRRAN  

Nyshka Chandran is a freelance journalist reporting on political and creative developments around Asia. For seven years, she covered geopolitics for CNBC Singapore. Now, she contributes to a variety of publications such as Al Jazeera, Foreign Policy, the South China Morning Post and Resident Advisor among others. Her features strive to connect the dots between history, social trends and current events.  

 

 

MYSTICISM WITH A CAPITAL ‘M’ 

 

MRIGAA SETHI 

 

Born in Delhi, raised in Bangkok, Mrigaa Sethi earned her MFA from NYU, where she was the recipient of an Amy Award for New York women poets under 30. She has performed as a storyteller at Singapore Night Festival, Other Tongues and StoryFest, and her poems have appeared in Seneca Review, ep;phany, Folio and elsewhere. She lives in Singapore with her wife and two cats. 

 

 

 

MALAM SERAM 

 

AQMAL.N 

Aqmal N. is the head producer for RENTA Collective and has produced arts events and performances that is related to the literary arts. Some of the performances produced by RENTA Collective include, Bicara (2020), DGNoir1971 for SWF (2020), SriBetaraWira at the Esplanade (2018), Mematri Prasasti at Our Tampines Hub for #BuySingLit (2019), Renta (2017) and Tun Jana Khatib at the Esplanade (2017). 

 

 

 

SOMETHING PRIVATE 

 

BALLI KAUR JASWAL  

Balli Kaur Jaswal is a Singaporean novelist, having family roots in Punjab. Her first novel Inheritance won the Sydney Morning Herald's Best Young Australian Novelist Award in 2014, and her second novel Sugarbread was a finalist for the 2015 inaugural Epigram Books Fiction Prize. 

 

 

HOOK & EYE 

 

THE SECOND BREAKFAST COMPANY (2BCo) 

The Second Breakfast Company (2BCo) is a not-for-profit theatre company founded by youths, for youths. 2BCo was formed with the mission of cultivating youth theatre audiences and empowering the next generation of creatives. Its three main tenets of theatre works include reviving old classics, telling new stories written by young writers and reimagining texts. 

 

A Yagnya 

A Yagnya is a theatre maker and Japanese translator. She has directed (Pistachios and Whipped Cream, and Red Shoes and Raichos), written her own play (Between 5 Cows and the Deep Blue Sea...), co-written for GroundZ_0 (Prism of Truth), interpreted for ITI’s Noh theatre module, and acted in Goddesses of Words: Angry Indian Women. Yagnya is also in The Necessary Stage’s Playwright Cove 2020, led by Haresh Sharma.@iggyeggieggyagnya 

 

Alyssa Lie  

A Musical Theatre graduate from LASALLE College of the Arts, Alyssa Lie is a jill of many trades. A singer-songwriter, actress, host, model, and voiceover artist, she also enjoys creating online content and traveling (when she can). Her first single 'Half-Asleep' is out on Spotify and iTunes and she is currently preparing for the release of her second single 'Stay,' which will be released this October! [FB & IG: @itsalyssalie]  

 

Jaisilan Sathiasilan   

Jaisilan loves acting and the art of storytelling. When he is not acting he is always on the hunt for cakes and brownies. He has acted in productions under ArtsWok, Drama Box and The Second Breakfast Company and was last seen in “The Hawker”.  

 

Krish Natarajan   

Krish Natarajan is a freelance actor and co-founder of theatre collective patch and punnet. Having graduated from Lasalle, College of the Arts in 2019 with first class honours in BA Acting, he has performed in The Disappearing number (2019) , La Mariposa Borracha (2019) and Being Mrs Ghandi (2019). He also directed and co-wrote Patch and Punnet’s The Adventures of Abhijeet (2019) and Fika and Fishy (2020). He is currently directing and producing The Patch and Punnet Show, a sketch show that will premiere on YouTube and Instagram. Follow @patchandpunnet to find out more lel  

 

Lynn Chia  

Lynn Chia acts, hosts and teaches drama.  

Acting credits include: Kimberly in Girls Girls Girls a Web series by Alexis Terese, NSFTV. Lian in The Moon is Less Bright by Adeeb Fazah, The Second Breakfast Company. Alicia in Lady E's Wedding Revenge Plan by Kathleen Bu - Best Live Action, National Youth Film Awards 2020. Joanne in Foreign Object by Alvin Lim - Best Film, nuSTUDIOS’s Point & Shoot 2019.  

 

Rino Junior John 

Rino trained as an actor at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, graduating with a Diploma in Theatre with Distinction, and as the Valedictorian.  

He comes from a Multiracial background, and is proud to be "Mixed". Rino constantly seeks to merge his talents to tell stories in captivating ways. He dreams of living every possible story there is to be lived, and hopes to bring more theatre into the world.  

 

Tysha Khan 

Tysha Khan is the first Malay-Muslim woman to graduate from the Intercultural theatre Institute, and a recepient of the Goh Chok Tong Youth Promise Award in 2017. She is currently exploring all forms of performance, from theatre, to screen, voiceovers, movement, and performance art. This will be her first radio play, and she looks forward to a future of trying as many things as possible. Tysha also writes, translates, and has an interest in dramaturgy and counselling.  

 

Xie Shangbin 

Xie Shangbin (born 1982, Singapore) is active in the local community for playback theatre as well as contact improvisation. As a performer, he is a collective associate with P7:1SMA and a founding member of the Chinese-speaking Long Time No See Playback Theatre. He performed for 2BCo in The Moon Is Less Bright in 2018. Shangbin is delighted to collaborate with 2BCo again.