People, Places

Three acclaimed actors of our local stages respond to three works of literature in three podcast episodes. Directed by Samantha Scott-Blackhall, the actors perform excerpts from the plays and Singapore Literature Prize-winning book, and narrate personal stories on the connections, resonances and impacts these words have on their individual lives.

Performer: Siti Khalijah
Director: Samantha Scott-Blackhall
Sound Designer and Engineer: Lalit Kumar
Performer: Bridget Therese
Director: Samantha Scott-Blackhall
Sound Designer and Engineer: Lalit Kumar
Performer: Janice Koh
Director: Samantha Scott-Blackhall
Sound Designer and Engineer: Lalit Kumar


Event start date: 2021-03-27 00:00
Event end date: 2022-03-31 14:00
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Bridget Fernandez is currently known for playing Celia Shelley in the Singapore TV Series ‘Kin’. Her dramatic career that includes acting for screen and stage, drama education, corporate roleplay, directing, writing and producing spans over 30 years in not only Singapore, but America, England and Malaysia too. Some of Bridget’s favourite work include; playing Jessica in ‘Merchant of Venice’ (San Francisco), Jitsuko and Rokujo in ‘Mishima in Love’ for World-In-Theatre (Singapore), Aida the maid in ‘The Blue Mansion’ (Singapore/Malaysia), and various roles in all ‘The Singapore Story Projects’ for television and her own maiden online production now on YouTube entitled ‘For Heavens Sake ~ The Web series.’ Last year’s circuit breaker forced Bridget to find creative ways to bring stories to others. She did so with Suet Tan’s monologue ‘Love in a time of Covid’ for Singapore Repertory Theatre’s The Coronalogues. It is a privilege to share her own stories in this year’s SingLit Festival: Textures, providing reflection towards Melissa De Silva’s ‘Others’ is not a race. Being Eurasian, a perfect opportunity to give her racial identity a voice.


Janice Koh is a respected stage and screen actor, who also served as a Nominated Member of Parliament from 2012-2014, passionately championing the importance of the Arts, design and heritage in projecting Singapore’s unique identity to a global audience. Janice won the Life! Theatre Award for Best Actress in 2003 for Proof and received Best Actress nominations for Loo Zihan’s With/Out, Wild Rice’s Optic Trilogy, Pangdemonium’s Rabbit Hole, and Ovidia Yu’s Hitting (On) Women. She has performed in over 60 theatre productions, her most recent being Lifespan of a Fact by the Singapore Repertory Theatre, Pangdemonium’s Late Company, and The Father, SRT’s Hand to God, Ong Keng Sen’s Sandaime Richard, Wild Rice’s Supervision, and Finger Player’s Poop! and Rant & Rave. Her work has toured to international festivals and venues across the world, including Tokyo, Fukuoka, Shizuoka, Edinburgh, Berlin, Hamburg, Brussels, Bristol and Korea. The versatile thespian has starred in over 30 television projects in Singapore including Fighting Spiders. She most recently appeared in Warner Brothers Pictures’ blockbuster hit Crazy Rich Asians directed by Jon M Chu as Felicity Young. Janice is also one of the co-founders of Pasar Glamour, a non-profit social enterprise, which raises funds each year to support children and women from less privileged backgrounds.


Siti made her debut as a full-time theatre actress after attending The Necessary Stage’s Theatre for Youth Ensemble programme in 2003. She has since worked with a wide range of theatre companies, both locally and internationally. She won the Best Actress Award twice at The Straits Times Life! Theatre Awards for her performances in Model Citizens (2010) and Off Centre (2015). She was awarded the Young Artist Award by the National Arts Council in 2014.


Samantha has worked full-time professionally in Singapore’s theatre Industry for the last 19 years. In her various roles as Freelance Theatre Director, Artistic Director and Educator, she has achieved critical acclaim. Samantha is a multidimensional artist, making strides in not only theatre, but also entrepreneurship and film. She founded Blank Space Theatre in 2007 which received exemplary critical and audience reviews from productions such as Das Experiment: Black Box, Freud’s Last Session and Red. In 2007, she made her film debut with the short film Turning Ten, which was one of five winning short films from the Asia Pacific region. On top of freelance directing, Samantha is currently the Programme Director at Gateway Arts; an arts company committed to nurturing children and youth through the Performing Arts. Her commitment to developing the next generation of artists sees her also lecturing budding talent in tertiary arts institutions. Samantha is currently an adjunct lecturer at LASALLE College of the Arts, has taught master classes at SOTA (School of the Arts) and directed productions for NAFA (Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts). Her strength in storytelling and extensive experience working with actors makes her a versatile player in this ever-growing, creatively charged market.

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A duet in a jazz club brought into our HDB estates and home by a classically-trained pair of singer and pianist. Wilson Goh & Amanda Lee arrange and perform Singapore poems to fresh jazz compositions and improvisations. Amanda teaches and performs lindy hop and authentic solo jazz dance and is one of the few jazz artistes who straddles both the music and dances scenes in Singapore. Wilson leads The Singers Vocal Ensemble, and most recently performed for the Singapore Biennale.

The Visitor by Gwee Lie Sui

Composition, Arrangement & Performance: Amanda Lee, Wilson Goh
Sound Engineer: Lalit Kumar

Good Laws and Good People by Gwee Li Sui

Composition, Arrangement & Performance: Amanda Lee, Wilson Goh
Sound Engineer: Lalit Kumar

After You by Cyril Wong

Composition, Arrangement & Performance: Amanda Lee, Wilson Goh
Sound Engineer: Lalit Kumar

Extract from Kappa Quartet by Daryl Qilin Yam

Composition, Arrangement & Performance: Amanda Lee, Wilson Goh
Sound Engineer: Lalit Kumar

Event start date: 2021-04-27 07:48
Event end date: 2022-03-31 16:00
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Dreams, The Last Message and Afterlife: an audio experience

I Want To Go Home tells the story of Mr Yasuo Takamatsu, who lost his wife to the tsunami during the Great East Japan earthquake. Since that fateful day, he has been diving in the sea every week searching for her, and his story is of hope, recovery and loss. Through this audio experience, immerse yourself in the moving story of Mr Takamatsu's love for his wife through his words and thoughts as well as Wesley's profound reflection on his journey uncovering the story.  

Produced and designed by Artwave Studio, the text featured in these recordings are excerpts from the following chapters of I Want To Go Home by Wesley Leon Aroozoo - Dreams, The Last Message and Afterlife.

[EXTENDED: You can still listen to the programme up until 31 December 2021!]


Event venue: Online Audio Experience
Event start date: 2021-01-23 12:48
Event end date: 2022-01-01 12:48
Custom Event Date(s): NOW - 31 DEC 2021
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Note for Note: Universality Supreme

The podcast is available for listening on Spotify.

We live in a time of division - of black and white, right and wrong, my opinion and your opinion. We live in a time of separation - of borders and walls, of isolation and lockdown. We live in a time of ambiguity - of visible and invisible - during which the future waits in the states of the unknown. All that can be done is to move forward and bear our brightest torch to shine and discover unlit places. When we finally see that we are all part of this planet, of this cosmos; we will understand that universality is supreme.

Curated and produced by ArunDitha, we present to you Note for Note: Universality Supreme as part of our Poetry with Music series. In this edition, we will be going fully digital, encouraging everyone to immerse yourselves in the melodic Spoken Word pieces in the comfort of your own homes.

Select Date(s) To Add: 2021-01-23 02:03
Event Date(s): 2021-02-24 10:00:00
Event start date: 2021-02-14 16:00
Event end date: 2021-12-31 17:00
Custom Event Date(s): Now - 31 Dec 2021
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