Munshi Abdullah: The Enigma of a Chronicler

This dramatised reading of Hikayat Abdullah, accompanied by music, tells the story of the treaty between Sultan Hussein Shah, Temenggong Abdul Rahman, Sir Stamford Raffles and William Farquhar. This programme is performed in Malay.

*While the performances is free, you may reserve a seat in advance for $5 to avoid disappointment. 

Production: Presented by The Arts House
Event venue: Living Room
Buy Link: https://prologue-munshi.peatix.com
Event price: Free, *$5 Reserved Seating
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Event Date(s): 2019-02-01 20:30:00
Event start date: 2019-02-01 12:30
Event end date: 2019-02-01 13:30
Custom Event Date(s): 1 Feb 2019, Fri
Custom Event Time(s): 8.30pm - 9.30pm
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StoryFest 2019: A Night of Magical Myths - Festival Closing Showcase featuring Ana Maria Lines (Brazil), David Novak (USA), Daniel Allison (Scotland) and Martina Pisciali (Italy) (Asian Premiere)

A night of magical myths ranging from tropical jungles to icy mountains that celebrate the diversity of the oral tradition. David takes us to the edge of darkness as he grapples with Death. Daniel explores heartbreak and terror through ancient Celtic legends. Barbecued husbands are dished out in Ana’s tribal tales from Brazil. Lovers from different worlds struggle to remain together in Martina’s rare Italian folktale. 

Stories on the Edge of Dark 
By David Novak (USA) 

Why do we fear the dark? Is something there? Yes, the dark is there, and the dark is where we put everything we do not want to look at. David Novak shares two original stories inspired by darkness. No-See-Ums is a fireside story inspired by Native American tales of a blood-thirsty cannibal and the terrified people. Set in a tavern, Drinks with Death is a tale of a storyteller who must decide if he should walk with Death. 

Daughter of King-Under-Wave 
By Daniel Allison (Scotland) 

The Daughter of King-Under-Wave is a tale of the Fianna, a legendary band of Celtic warriors who protected the shores of Scotland and Ireland long ago. Some believe it to be an early ancestor of the Arthurian stories of the Holy Grail. It is an adventure story full of beauty and terror, heartbreak and wonder, and is one of the central stories in Daniel’s forthcoming collection, ‘Finn & the Fianna’. 

Barbecued Husbands 
Ana Maria Lines (Brazil) 

A collection of stories about wives that barbecue their husbands, heads that go wandering off in the night, a tribe formed only by women and a ferocious father. Travel to the Amazon rainforest upon a raft of traditional tribal tales and listen to mythical situations beyond imagination. Based on the anthology of Brazilian jungle myths collected by anthropologist Betty Mindlin. 

The Pale Mountains 
By Martina Pisciali (Italy) 

A timeless love story between the princess in the moon and the king from the earthly realm. Both their worlds are so different and despite their deep love for each other it is unbearable to live in an alternate realm. A rare folktale from the northeastern ranges of Italy that describes the origin of the Dolomite Mountains. 

Production: Co-presented by The Arts House
Event venue: Play Den
Buy Link: https://anightofmagicalmyths.peatix.com/
Event price: $25
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Event Date(s): 2019-06-23 20:00:00
Event start date: 2019-06-23 12:00
Event end date: 2019-06-23 13:30
Custom Event Date(s): 23 Jun 2019, Sun
Custom Event Time(s): 8pm - 9.30pm
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StoryFest 2019: The Storyteller's Fire by David Novak (USA)

Gather around the storyteller’s fire and enter a world of stories. Listen to how Johnny Appleseed met the bears. Join in with a finger-play story and plant a seed. Be enchanted by cat’s cradle string stories that come alive as you say ‘Fee, Fie, Foe, Fum!’ Don’t forget to help little ant in a chain story. Discover the trickster tale of how Raven brought the light. Story surprises for the whole family! 

Production: Co-presented by The Arts House
Event venue: Play Den
Buy Link: https://thestorytellersfire.peatix.com/
Event price: $15
Event Date(s): 2019-06-23 11:00:00
Event start date: 2019-06-23 03:00
Event end date: 2019-06-23 03:00
Custom Event Date(s): 23 Jun 2019, Sun
Custom Event Time(s): 11am - 12pm
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/About David Novak

David Novak is Founder and Artistic Director of A Telling Experience. An internationally touring storyteller he is a veteran of the National Storytelling Festival, USA. He was on the opening team of The Disney Institute as Director of Story Arts and is a faculty member of the Storytelling Program at East Tennessee State University. David keynotes for numerous library and educational conferences, including the Sydney International Storytelling Conference, Czech Children’s Theatre Festival and American Alliance for Theatre in Education. He has also toured for the Lincoln Center Institute and the LA Music Center. David is a recipient of the Circle of Excellence for storytelling, and the Aurand Harris Memorial Playwriting Award for excellence in professional theatre for children. He is an A+ Fellow for the North Carolina Arts Council and a Teaching Artist for the Wolf Trap Institute. With a background in theatre, he applies his skills as a writer, performer and teaching artist to the development of public discourse, community building and education. Over 30 years of practice, David developed a unique style of narrative combinatorics. A master of literary collage, he contrasts the familiar with the surprising, simplicity with complexity and the ordinary with the fabulous. Highly prized for his ability to bring ancient tales, classic myths, and original stories to life and enthral audiences of all ages, he is in demand for his school presentations, stage plays, keynotes, and workshops.

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StoryFest 2019: This Tale, That Tail! by Daniel Allison (Scotland)

Let's go on a journey to the end of the world and back! On the way we’ll meet leopards and lions, chickens and cheetahs; we'll have lunch with the King of Scotland and sing songs with scruffy ponies. Featuring didgeridoo music and more adventure and surprises than you can shake a snake at. A musical storytelling experience for the whole family.

Production: Co-presented by The Arts House
Event venue: Play Den
Buy Link: https://thistalethattail.peatix.com/
Event price: $15
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Event Date(s): 2019-06-23 16:00:00
Event start date: 2019-06-23 08:00
Event end date: 2019-06-23 08:00
Custom Event Date(s): 23 Jun 2019, Sun
Custom Event Time(s): 4pm - 5pm
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About Daniel Allison

Daniel Allison is a storyteller and author. Known for his evocative style and lyrical language, he has performed at countless schools, venues and campfires across the UK as well as in the USA, Portugal, Turkey, the UAE and India. His performances bring together Celtic legends with stories from the many diverse cultures he has explored and are woven together with spellbinding didgeridoo music. 
A fascination with the ancient Celtic bards has led Daniel to walk coast-to-coast across Scotland twice, camping in the hills by night and sharing stories by day, in order to understand better the life of a travelling storyteller. 
Daniel is a regular performer at the Scottish Storytelling Centre in Edinburgh, where he has debuted performances including The Wilderness Within, a reimagining of the life of the naturalist John Muir; The Missing Lynx, a sell-out exploration of rewilding through storytelling; and the sell-out Dark Tales, a strictly-for-adults evening of horror stories from around the world. 
Daniel is the author of the forthcoming collection ‘Finn and the Fianna: Celtic Legends Retold’, a new retelling of the Finn MacCoull stories, available from the History Press in 2020. He is currently at work on a series of children’s novels set in prehistoric Scotland while creating a storytelling podcast and training full-time to be a Muay Thai fighter. 

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Remember When: From Memories to Monologues Show and Tell

Come spend an afternoon with the participants of Remember When: From Memories to Monologue in their show and tell session. The participants will be performing series of self-written monologues that capture their personal memories and precious moments! These monologues were written and edited over a period of 6 weeks with the guidance of theatre director and drama educator, Jeffrey Tan.

Monologue Themes:

  1. "What's in a name"
  2. A Monologue in 3 Acts
  3. Personifying spaces in The Arts House 


Find out more about the creative writing workshop here.

Event venue: Play Den
Event price: Free
Event start date: 2018-04-14 10:00
Event end date: 2018-04-14 10:00
Custom Event Date(s): 14 Apr 2018, Sun
Custom Event Time(s): 3pm-5pm
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