About GRIND

The Cast

Creative Team

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About GRIND

BY TOY FACTORY PRODUCTIONS LTD

24 March – 02 April 2016
Drama Centre Blackbox

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Introduction

Written and directed by Goh Boon Teck, GRIND differs from a typical theatre presentation as it fuses both the performance area and the house into one art installation accessible for both audience and actors throughout the show. This play is set to expose the audience to a more vulnerable and bare perspective of the Singaporean gay psyche on the themes of family, love and lust.

A Contemporary Gay Play About An Age Old Prejudice

After the over the top celebration of SG50, Singapore needs a quiet reflection. GRIND, performed as a tapestry of stories involving 4 local gay men contrasted against an art installation that fills the house with intimidating machines and an array of physical equipment.

The urgent gay agenda manifested through the eyes of gay men, Long, Tian, Pang & Gan. Set within the premises of the so-called conservative Singapore, their distant voices are often drowned by the majority. Their stories are weaved intricately from intimate topics of lust, love & family.

Performance Details
Date : 24 March – 02 April 2016
Show Time : 3pm (Tuesday, Friday – Sunday)
8pm (Wednesday – Saturday )
No performance on Mondays
Duration : 59 minutes, no intermission
Performing Language : Performed in English
Venue : Drama Centre Blackbox
Ticket Price : $42
Tickets Available From :  www.toyfactory.com.sg/tickets
Enquiry Tel : (65) 6222 1526

 

Creative Team
Director & Playwright Goh Boon Teck
Assistant Director Stanley Seah
Co-Writer Shar Pi’ee
Production Designer Chris Chua
Lighting Designer Cum Operator Tai Zi Feng
Sound Designer Jing Ng
Hair & Make Up Designer Zennie Casann
Graphic Designer Zachary Goh
Videographer Benjamin Ong
Photographer Joshua Ong

 

Production Team
Producer Justin Wong
Production Manger Daini Jiang
Stage Manager Muhammad Sufiyan
Assistant Stage Manager Tan Jia Hui
Props Master cum Crew Benjamin Lye

The Cast
Stanley Seah

GAN

Stanley Seah is a recent graduate from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts’ BA(Hons) in Theatre Arts.

His professional acting credits include Minus (Buds Theatre Co.), Dear Nobody (Buds Theatre Co.) & Next:Stop (MirrorPlay). On campus he was cast as Second Man in The Tin Can People, Tom in Silver Bullet, Lette in The Ugly One, Oberon/Thesus in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Brabantio/Lodovico in Othello. The production of Othello then toured to the University of Essex in South End, U.K. and performed to critical acclaim.

In recent years Stanley has been actively involved in theatre education for youths. He was the resident artist at Fairfield Methodist Secondary School’s Drama CCA and works closely with Buds Youth Theatre.


Chong Woon Yong

PANG

Graduated with a B.A from NUS Theatre Studies Programme in 2011, Woon Yong is a bilingual actor and theatre freelancer. Somewhat of a contradiction, Woon Yong revels in artistic creation and collaboration, as well as arts management and administration, and was even a former arts bureaucrat.

Woon Yong last acted in Upstream (2015), The Struggle: Years Later (2015), and previously acted in 11 • Kuo Pao Kun Devised (2012) and Almost Left Behind in Singapore Arts Festival (2011).


Mitchell Fang

LONG

Mitchell is a freelance actor and drama educator having worked in the field in the last 5 years. His past productions include ‘Ragnarok’ by Skinned Knee Productions, ‘Let’ s Get Back Together’ by Red Pill Productions, ‘Bus Stop’ by Dramabox, and several others. Mitchell has also spent his time teaching in various Secondary schools and junior colleges in Singapore, directing their drama clubs for the annual Singapore Youth Festival and running drama-in- curriculum programmes.

He is currently a full time student with Nanyang Technological University.


Juni Goh

TIAN

Juni has an unbridled passion for the performing arts. A multi-hyphenate, he is a vocalist, theatre- practitioner, voiceover artiste, bilingual emcee and all round entertainer.

Honing his craft at the National University of Singapore under the tutelage of theatre luminaries such as Dr K.K. Seet, Dr Robin Loon, Dr Nora Samosir, Nelson Chia, and many more, Juni graduated with an honours degree in Theatre Studies in 2011.

His work ethics and relentless energy saw Juni landing lead roles in theatre productions such as Paper Monkey Theatre’s The Legend of Nezha, and Esplanade and Dingyi Music Company’s A Legend Begins, where he took

on the role of the protagonist, Prince Sang Nila Utama. As a voiceover artiste, he has been the voice of Singa the courtesy lion for a mascot show in shopping malls across the country.

Identifying most strongly as a vocalist, Juni took part in The Sing-Off China in 2012 with Asia’s top vocal band, MICappella, coming in runners-up. They then went on to make history by being the first-ever vocal band to be nominated for 4 awards in the 18th Annual Singapore Hit Awards (新加坡金曲奖) and received the prestigious Media Recommendation Award for Local Artistes. From local stages, like the Singapore Indoor Stadium and the Marina Bay Floating Platform, to international stages in USA, Europe, China and other S.E.A. countries, Juni has conquered them all as a vocalist.

Nevertheless, Juni’s strengths lie in live performance and his natural charisma shines through his soaring vocals and the ease at which he carries himself in front of an audience, a result of more than a decade of performing experience.


Creative Team

 

Goh Boon Teck

Director & Playwright 

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Goh Boon Teck, reckoned as a prominent creative force of Asian theatre, his works are crossing country borders and enthralling audiences of different cultures. Boon Teck’s works are showcases of humanity dealt with post-modern sensitivity, focusing on profound human issues and morality. With a purposeful direction, he has delivered beautiful visions weaved into socially conscious messages from our loves. This young director oozes unapologetic courage and a distinctive sense of aesthetics.

A professional theatre director, playwright and production designer for two decades, Goh Boon Teck is the first recipient of the VISA International Arts Scholarship to study Theatre Directing in London, United Kingdom.
Having graduated from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore with a string of merit awards, he has a strong creative sense for the aesthetics, words, sound and visuals. Goh Boon Teck is effectively bilingual in English and Mandarin. Presently, he is leading one of Singapore’s most vibrant and productive theatre companies, Toy Factory Productions Ltd.

TITOUDAO, a play written and directed by Goh Boon Teck, won five out of nine awards at the inaugural LIFE! Theatre Awards 2001. Goh Boon Teck received the prestigious National Arts Council Young Artist Award for his contribution to the development of Singaporean theatre in 2001. He was also awarded Best Set Design for FIREFACE in LIFE! Theatre Award 2003.

In year 2003, he was commissioned by Japan’s Kageboushi Theatre Company to write and direct a 6 countries collaboration PRISM, funded by The Japan Foundation. This touring production premiered in Tokyo Metropolitan Art Space Theatre and toured to Singapore, Bangkok, Manila, Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta.


Stanley Seah

Assistant Director

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Stanley Seah is a recent graduate from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts’ BA(Hons) in Theatre Arts. Upon graduation, he continued developing his skills in directing by assistant directing for the following productions: Holiday in my Head (Asylum Theatre), Hansel and Gretel (NAFA Music Dept) & Our Town (NAFA Theatre Diploma)

Directing credits include From Scratch (Buds Youth Theatre), Traffic Jam! (Buds Theatre Co.), Revolution (Fairfield Methodist Secondary) & Phases (MirrorPlay).


Chris Chua

Production Designer

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Creative, multidisciplinary stage designer and art director with an eye for imagination and details.

Chris received his training from UK’s Central Saint Martins in Theatre: Design for Performance. His collection of works runs the gamut of disciplines from design for musical, theatre and opera to art direction for television to thematic large-scale design.

His latest works includes Titoudao (Toy Factory); The World of Georgette Chen (Channel News Asia); Opening and Closing Ceremony of SEA games; Gianni Schicchi & Pagliacci (Singapore Lyric Opera); Opening ceremony of China Cultural Centre Singapore.


Jing Ng

Sound Designer

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Awarded with National Arts Council Scholarship (2011), Jing graduated from Rose Bruford College (UK) specialising in Performance Sound. He has a keen interest for sound design in theatre and dance; and enjoys collaborative, devised and experimental works.

Singapore credits: Silly Little Girl and The Funny Old Tree, TitoudaoIn The Next Room, Bash, A Fleeting Moment.

UK credits: Little Black BookCorpus ChristiOrion’s HatRites & RegulationsGhost SonataThe BacchaeYou Me Bum Bum Train.

Nominated for Best Sound Design in the 2014 Off West End Theatre Awards for Outfox Productions’ Corpus Christi (UK).


Tai Zi Feng

Lighting Designer cum Operator

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Tai Zi Feng graduated from NAFA (Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts) in Theatre Arts (Production). During his school years, Zi Feng took on most of the school production as a lighting designer, his work in school includes: 8 Femmes, Noises off & the curious incident of the dog in the nighttime.

Soon after he graduated, he went on to do the lighting design for The 39 Steps (Asylum Theatre), Take Me Along (SING Theatre), Holiday In My Head (Asylum Theatre) and he was the assistant lighting designer LAVIE EN ROSE (SING Theatre).

Zi Feng is grateful to be given the opportunity to light for GRIND and he hopes to gain more experience and improve his craft in lighting regardless the art form.


Zennie Casann 

Makeup Designer

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Zennie Casann is a Professional Makeup Artist in Singapore with over 10 years of experience. Makeup is far more than a career or a hobby for me, it’s a passion. I am very focused in the way I capture your ideas and translate them into a form of art, and bringing beauty through makeup is pride as my masterpiece.

Prior to becoming a freelance makeup artist, Zennie worked in Syndey, beauty and cosmetic companies such as Payot, Dermological, Bobbi Brown, Body Shop, True Solutions, Decleor and Fake Bake Self Tanning Systems airbrush. Her love of makeup pushed her to become a professional artist.

Since then, she has been engaged to do makeup work from film and tv to photoshoots and weddings. She has experience with bridal makeup, ROMs, D&Ds, prom nights, beauty pageants, studio photoshoots, and even special effects makeup.

Her impeccable attention to detail has earned her a reputation of excellent client satisfaction and critical expertise.

Ticketing & Discounts

 

 

24 March – 2 April 2016
3pm (Tuesday, Friday – Sunday)
8pm (Wednesday – Saturday )
No performance on Mondays

Venue: Drama Centre Blackbox

Language: Performed in English

Duration: 59 minutes, no intermission

Ticketing

Tickets are at $42 each

10% discount entitled for purchase of more than 10 tickets per performance.

Ticket Booking

For school or group booking of 20 or above,
contact Toy Factory at:(65)6222 1526 or email Shar at shapiee@toyfactory.com.sg

 

 

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