About The Wright Stuff
A Piece of Cake
About THE WRIGHT STUFF
BY TOY FACTORY PRODUCTIONS LTD
22 JULY 2017 – 7 AUGUST 2017
17A Smith Street Singapore (058931)
In continuous effort of creating original works, The Wright Stuff, is a new playwright incubation programme initiated by Toy Factory Productions aimed to develop and nurture aspiring local playwrights to bring their work-in-progress scripts from writing to center stage.
A total of four playwrights – Al Hafiz Sanusi, Gina Chew, Samantha Chia and Tan Jia Yee were selected during an open call in June 2016. All playwrights will go through an intensive series of creative writing workshops to grasp a deeper understanding of local theatre script writing hosted by Toy Factory Productions Ltd and graciously mentored by its Chief Artistic Director, Goh Boon Teck.
In working tangents between discovering promising artists and establishing a space for young artists, The Wright Stuff has engaged budding directors to work hand-in-hand with the playwrights. Stanley Seah, Mitchell Fang, Farez Najid and Mustafa Rafiuddin will not only be directing but also tasked to facilitate the progress of the playwrights’ and their creative thought process. They’ll develop to present their work-in-progress by mid July and early August 2017 over at NowPlaying@17, a newly renovated Toy Factory Productions Ltd performance space.
|Date :||22 July – 7 August 2017|
|Show Time :||Permanence by Gina Chew
22-24 July 2017
Chicken Curry by Tan Jia Yee
Sejarah-ku by Al Hafiz S.
A Piece of Cake by Samantha Chia
|Duration :||75-90 Minutes, no intermission|
|Performing Language :||Performed in English|
|Ticket Price :||$20 (Excludes $2 Booking Fee)|
|Tickets Available From :||www.toyfactory.com.sg/tickets|
|Enquiry Tel :||(65) 6222 1526|
Playwright : Gina Chew
Gina first picked up playwriting six years ago, and has been fervently writing for the theatre ever since. The process from thought to conception is an arduous but tremendously rewarding one, and seeing her work in various internal productions has kept her going all these years.
Her short plays have received awards and performances by The Writer’s Centre, the inwardBound Youth Theatre, Lit Up Singapore, NUS Creative Writing Competition, as well as various other open calls. She is currently pursuing her B.A. in English Literature at the National University of Singapore, and hopes to someday have a hand in making theatre more accessible and affordable to the Singaporeans of all generations and backgrounds.
Director : Mitchell Fang
Mitchell is a freelance theatre practitioner, working as a director, performer, writer and arts educator. Mitchell has acted for theatre productions including Toy Factory’s ‘Grind’, Red Pill Productions’ ‘Let’s Get Back Together’, and One Man Riot’s ‘Pull Up’, and Drama Box’s ‘Bus Stop’. He staged his public directorial debut at the Twenty-Something Theatre Festival 2016, with playwright Kenneth Chia’s ‘Long Weekend’. Mitchell has also directed student clubs from both secondary and tertiary institutions all over Singapore in the last 8 years for the Singapore Youth Festival and other in-house productions. Mitchell is also currently studying History at Nanyang Technological University.
Cast : Daphne Quah
Daphne trained at the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts (ALRA) in Londonand graduated in 2010. In London, she played WPC Wendy Chiu in BBC series One Night and Zara (lead) in the feature film Crux. Singapore theatre credits include Toy Factory’s TiToudao (2015) and Romeo & Juliet (2014), Esplanade’s Flipside Festival 2015 and Playtime! (2013-2015) and Yellow Chair Production’s All This Intimacy (2014). She was in London based Platform65’s doublebill aWake/The Coffin is Too Big for the Hole (ensemble cast), which toured to Singapore and the Edinburgh Festival (2012). She took a 2 year break to have a cheeky baby and she’s excited to be back!
Cast : Mario Chan
Mario Chan is currently enjoying studying Musical Theatre at LASALLE. At the college, he was recently seen performing A Chorus Line in the role of Richie Walters. Trained in jazz and ballet, Mario has performed in interdisciplinary performances such RePlay Dance:Edit by TheatreWorks. He is also a dance fitness instructor sharing the bliss of working out to a beat. He hopes to someday combine his love for dance fitness and theatre together. As a lover of new local work, he performed in The Long Weekend last year as part of the twenty something festival with great joy. Wishing that you’ll share this love, he hopes you enjoy Permanence.
Cast : Nicholas Bloodworth
When he isn’t out walking rescue dogs or trying to catch his breath at a CrossFit gym,Nicholas spends his time acting – from television to the Internet; from film to the stage. A graduate of LASALLE College of the Arts’ acting programme, he also dabbles as a voice talent. Nicholas most recently returned from Paris this year where he performed for the Paris Fringe Festival as part of the comedic Ensemble of Howdrama’s “Fat Kids are Harder to Kidnap”. Nicholas is honoured to be part of not 1, but 2 plays for “the Wright Stuff” (A Piece of Cake, Permanence) and looks forward to collaborating with these young Theatre makers of the future.
Cast : Putri Indam Kamila
Putri is an Indonesian performing artist who recently graduated from LASALLE College of The Art’s BA (Hons) Musical Theatre. Her theatre credit includes playing the role of Ti Moune in Once on This Island directed by Kaye Tuckerman, and Sheila in A Chorus Line directed by Nikki Snelson. Back in Jakarta, she played the leading role in Musikal Sekolahan, an original musical piece by Jakarta Movement of Inspiration. Putri has also worked in dance companies and broughtIndonesian arts and culture to world dance festivals in USA, South Korea, Belgium and Turkey. At LASALLE, she has worked with several directors including Aubrey Mellor and George Torbay. Putri is excited to join the cast of Permanence in “The Wright Stuff” and grateful to be given the opportunity to use her skills to take part in the new work. In the future, she hopes to continue performing and creating arts in Singapore, Indonesia, and worldwide.
Playwright : Tan Jia Yee
Jia Yee graduated from SOAS, University of London with a Master in Economics and is the co-founder of nomadic creative house – in the wild. She was part of Teater Ekamatra’s youth wing – Merdeka, and is currently a mentee under the National Arts Council Mentor Access Project.
Her theatre credits include A Beautiful Chance Encounter of a Sewing Machine and an Umbrella on an Operating Table (Teater Ekamatra), Unsettling Stones (Grass Stage Theatre Shanghai) and 11. Kuo Pao Kun Devised (The Theatre Practice) – nominated for Best Ensemble at the Life! Theatre Awards.
Director : Stanley Seah
Stanley Seah is graduating from East 15 Acting School’s Masters in Directing this September. His recent assistant directing credits include: The Only Jew in England (Matthew Lloyd – London’s Queens Theatre), Grind (Goh Boon Teck – Artistic Director of Toy Factory), Holiday in my Head (Dean Lundquist – Artistic Director of Asylum Theatre) & Hansel and Gretel (Andy Pang – Associate Artist of Paper Monkey). Acting credits include: Happy Chinese Comedy Festival (London’s SOHO Theatre), Kumarajiva & Grind (Toy Factory), An Enchanted Evening with Silver Gems (Paper Monkey), Minus & Dear Nobody (Buds Theatre)
Cast : Andy Pang
Andy is a bilingual actor and puppeteer who graduated from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts with a BA in Theatre Arts. Past performing credits includes Sun Wukong in Paper Monkey Theatre’s The Magic Lantern (宝莲灯), which won Best Production for the Young @ Life Theatre Awards 2017. After his actor’s training, Andy obtained a Masters in Theatre Directing, training with East 15 Acting School (UK) and GITIS (Russian University of Theatre Arts, Moscow). He has directed multiple plays and opera since then, and is currently an associate director with Paper Monkey Theatre.
Cast : Chang Ting Wei
Ting Wei graduated from ITI Intercultrual theatre institute in 2015. Prior to TTRP, she received training in both traditional and contemporary acting skills, including various Western and Eastern theatre art forms. She finished her Masters Degree in Acting at the University of East London in 2011, and Bachelor Degree of Applied Theatre and Creative Drama at NUTN in Taiwan. While at London, she performed at Half-moon, Stratford Theatre, a physical devise theatre piece “Passes” and “Grownup happily ever after”, as well as a Chekhov play, “Three Sisters” as Natasha. She was involved in a space invaded project – Intimacy, performed at an outdoor space on Westfield Bridge. During her time in Singapore from 2013-2017, Ting Wei presented in SIFA 2015, “It won’t be too long : Cemetery” which was nominated for Best Ensemble and Best Production of the Year. Other theatre credits include Huayi festival –Moving Horizon, a forum theatre piece in collaboration with Drama Box, Just a Bad Day by Cake theatre, DPO 810 minute. In 2016 -2017 she worked full time as an actress in The Theatre Practice.
Cast : Dawn Teo
Dawn has been a part of the Buds Youth Theatre programme as well as W!LD RICE’s young&W!LD. She has also pursued internships with Buds Theatre Company, Skinned Knee Productions and Youth.SG. Her most recent stage appearances include FYiP: eatpreylove (ITI), Si Wanggeh (Peranakan Siblings), Geylang (young&W!LD) and The Crucible (Toy Factory). Dawn is currently in her final year at the Intercultural Theatre Institute, and will be graduating in December 2017. She would love to explore more acting opportunities, singing as well as to write her own work.
Playwright : Al Hafiz Sanusi
Hafiz’s first theatrical involvement was as a calefare in his secondary school’s musical. Nevertheless, it ignited a theatrical passion in him and he has never looked back since. He has since branched out and delved into different platforms such as writing, directing and spoken word poetry. A recent graduate from Nanyang Technological University, Hafiz obtained a Ba (Hons) in English Literature with additional Minors in Creative Writing and Drama Performance.
Currently, he is a freelancer doing various things from performing in school shows to offering guided tours to Singapore’s history attraction. He had received training under youth wings such as merEka (Teater Ekamatra) and BYT (Buds Theatre). Most recently, he returned from an International Summer Studies Programme held at Shanghai Theatre Academy in China to train in Beijing Opera craft. Upon returning, he was part of the ensemble for Club Malam: The Tribe, a site-specific performance work held at Old Kallang Airport for the O.P.E.N. Festival 2016. Hafiz will next be seen on stage performing in Family (The Second Breakfast Company) and collaborating with visual artists in another site- specific project.
Director : Irfan Kasban
Irfan Kasban is a freelance theatre maker who writes, directs, designs, and at times, performs. His unwavering dedication to art is a celebration of space and time, we call life. The former Associate Artistic Director of Teater Ekamatra, attended the prestigious La MaMa Umbria International Symposium for Directors 2012, wrote and directed several works; notably Hantaran Buat Mangsa Lupa (M1 Fringe Festival 2012), 94:05 (Kakiseni Festival 2013), Trees a Crowd (Twenty Something Festival 2016), and Teater Ekamatra main season shows; A Beautiful Chance Encounter of a Sewing Machine and an Umbrella on an Operating Table(2014) and ANA (Projek Suitcase 2015). Last year Irfan’s play TAHAN (2012), was selected for Esplanade’s Fifty – a celebration of Singapore’s seminal works.
Cast : Farez Najid
Farez Najid was trained in BA(Acting) Lasalle College of the Arts for 2 Years. His work’s include “Prism” (Toy Factory Productions 2017), “Geylang” (WILD RICE 2016), and Tan Tarn How’s “Lady Soul and the Ultimate “S” Machine” (Esplanade Presents: 2015). Farez aspires to be an educator in the realm of theatre education.
Cast : Farhana M Noor
Farhana M Noor graduated from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts/University of Essex with a Degree in Theatre Arts with First Class Honours. Upon graduating, she has been involved with Buds Theatre Company and SRT, and has performed in children shows such as Magic Jungle and Hello Adam- The Esplanade. She was also part of Perhiasan Kaca and 28.8 by Teater Kami. Currently she is involved in the Malay TV industry. Some shows she has acted in we Rima Hatiku, Belah Hati, Bunga Tanjong and 11Oktober. At the 13th Pesta Perdana(Surias Award Ceremony) , Farhana clinched both awards for Best Supporting Actress and Most Promising Actress. She was recently nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role for the Asian Television Awards and also Actress in Leading role in the recent Pesta Perdana 2017.
Cast : Jamil Schulze
Jamil is a German-born Singaporean-raised actor. He has recently graduated from the BA (Hons) Acting program at LASALLE College of the Arts. His stage credits at LASALLE include: ‘Gary’ in Swipe Right; ‘A’ in Samuel Beckett’s Rough for Theatre I; ‘Angelo’ in Measure for Measure; ‘Yu Huiyong’ in Revolutionary Model Play 2.0 as part of the Singapore International Festival of the Arts 2015; and ‘Melchior’ in Spring Awakening, among others. Offstage, Jamil fuels his passions for reading, creative writing, and learning new movements and physical forms. Sejarah-Ku marks his first professional stage production since graduation.
Cast : Salif Hardie
Salif is of Australian and Malay descent, born and raised in Singapore. He began his professional career as part of the FIRST STAGE! Kids in Wild Rice’s 2005 production of “OI! Sleeping Beauty!” and starred in the Kids Central TV series “Kids Rock” and OKTO’s “The Seekers”. He began his training in the Foundation Course at LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore, from 2010 – 2011, later graduating from the BA (hons) Acting programme. Some notable credits whilst at LASALLE include, Moritz Steifel in Frank Wedekin’s “Spring Awakening”, the SIFA production of “Revolutionary Model Play 2.0” directed by Wang Chong, Leow Puay Tin’s “Family” directed by Noor Effendy Ibrahim, Claudio in Shakespeare’s “Measure for Measure” directed by Adam Marple, “The Beckett Project” directed by Sarah Jane Scairfe and Swipe Right directed by Claire Wong. Other credits include, Hang Tuah in “Berita Kepada Kawan” part of Teater Ekamatra’s Projek Suitcase, Written by Hatch Theatrics & Directed by Harris Jahim (2015).
A Piece of Cake
Playwright : Samantha Chia
A stage/event manager by profession, Samantha devours pop culture and the written word when time permits. Some of her influences range from old British sitcoms to K-dramas (yes, K-dramas). Her recent productions also play a part in the way she writes. This includes: Those Who Can’t, Teach (The Necessary Stage), Liao Zhai Rocks! (The Theatre Practice), Titoudao (Toy Factory), Turn By Turn We Turn (The Finger Players) and The Tale of the Frog Prince (SRT). Currently, she is obsessed with podcasts and thinks you should too.
Director : Mustafa Sulaiman
Mustafa Rafiuddin Sulaiman is a 2014 National University of Singapore graduate of Theatre Studies with honors, which translates to only one important fact – He is 28. Loving the stage since the young age of 10, he has always been involved in his schools’ theatre productions and drama clubs. However, due to his parent’s Asian fantasies of having a son who is a doctor, he was a prospering Science and Math student till he entered university and fully committed himself to the theatre bandwagon. This was only made possible by telling his parents he was in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, emphasizing heavily on the word Sciences, every time his parents ask him what is that he truly studies. He knew he had to make sacrifices for his passion in the Arts… and tell a few white lies on the way. His studies in the university was where he finally managed to hone his skills of scriptwriting, producing, and directing. He juggled school while being involved in numerous theatre productions such as Lit Up Festival in 2013 as well as NUS Arts Festival in 2013 & 2014. While writing his thesis in his final semester in school, Mustafa went on to become a supporting cast member for Toy Factory’s musical production of Romeo & Juliet. Upon graduation, Mustafa works as a producer, scriptwriter, and/or director on different corporate and commercial projects with brands such as MINDEF, UOB, and IKEA to date.
Cast : Andrea Lim
Andrea acts, sings and dances. Her experience includes performing in a variety of theater forms, from musicals to forum theater. Just this June, Andrea performed the classic tale of Rama and Sita at the 57th International Children’s Festival in Sibenik, Croatia, as part of a four-member cast. Another one of her most memorable stage experiences, was when she was in the ensemble for W!ILDRICE Productions’ ‘Beauty and the Beast’, directed by Hossan Leong. In the past two years, Andrea has acted in more than ten different forum theatre shows, children’s theatre performances; and community theatre shows. She was also a part of the National Arts Council’s Traditional Arts Week where she acted and danced in two traditional stories for children.
Cast : Ivan Choong
“Not one to follow a conventional path, Ivan only fully entered the local performing arts scene with a cast debut in Dream Academy’s production of Stephen Sondheim’s Company (dir by Hossan Leong) back in 2012. Since then he has had the great fortune to have been able to work with, learn from and interact with leading local industry players across multiple platforms including theatre, opera, and film. His most recent production with in Itsy the Musical by The Finger Players in March 2017. He is totally excited to work with upcoming playwrights in his first production with Toy Factory. His deepest appreciation to the company for the opportunity and also to the entire team (Cast, Creative, Technical and Production). Love.”
Cast : Kristina Pakhomova
Kristina graduated from LASALLE College of the Arts with a BA in Acting in 2013. Kristina has been performing since the age of 12. Her passion for theater and film is always clearly shown through her performance, and is what drives her ambition. Her most recent appearance was in the site-specific movement performance “In Sight Out”, in the Spoleto Art Festival (Italy), The Singapore Night Festival show “House Of Curiosities” by Cake theatre, in a one-woman show “DARK ROOM”, directed, written and performed by her and in a solo performance “What Is Wrong With Me?”, produced and performed by her and written and co-directed by Anvita Gupta. She also has been involved in short films, music videos, TV commercials and TV Series for Singaporean Channels and abroad. Last year Kristina found her passion for producing original fresh ideas for online and TV content as well as for thetare and it is what drives her motivation till today. Apart from acting, she is a voice over artist, writer and creative director and a model. Kristina is trained in Jazz, Ballet and Tap Dance. Being well-versed in both English and Russian, Kristina hopes to put her bilingual skills to good use by pursuing theater and film in both mediums.
Cast : Laura Kee
Laura Kee has been performing on stage and screen for 9 years. After doing the “sensible thing” and graduating from the National University of Singapore with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics, she pursued her love for acting. Laura trained at Lasalle College (Singapore), National Institute of Dramatic Art (Australia) and at the Haque Centre of Acting & Creativity (Singapore). Her theatre credits include “The Arsonists” (2014) and “Emily of Emerald Hill” (2016). Onscreen, she has appeared in television dramas such as “The Journey: Our Homeland”, “The Caregivers”, “Zero Calling” and “Code of Law”. Outside of her acting career, Laura enjoys baking chocolate delicacies & hopes to set up a pâtisserie one day.
Cast : Nicholas Bloodworth
When he isn’t out walking rescue dogs or trying to catch his breath at a CrossFit gym, Nicholas spends his time acting – from television to the Internet; from film to the stage. A graduate of LASALLE College of the Arts’ acting programme, he also dabbles as a voice talent. Nicholas most recently returned from Paris this year where he performed for the Paris Fringe Festival as part of the comedic Ensemble of Howdrama’s “Fat Kids are Harder to Kidnap”. Nicholas is honoured to be part of not 1, but 2 plays for “the Wright Stuff” (A Piece of Cake, Permanence) and looks forward to collaborating with these young Theatre makers of the future.
Cast : Shannen Tan
Shannen Tan is an actor and a fresh Psychology & Theatre Studies graduate from NUS. Her recent acting credits include ‘Pretty Butch’ in M1 Fringe Festival 2017 and ‘Long Weekend’ in 20-something Theatre Festival 2016. She has also worked with theatre practitioners Peter Sau in ‘Candlelight’, Felipe Cervera in ‘Furthest North, Deepest South’ and Natalie Hennedige in ‘U.N.I.T.S’. Currently, she intends to publish her thesis on the psychology of acting titled ‘To Be or Not To Be: Effect of intensity of emotional memory on acting performance and its aftereffects on the actor”. She is thrilled to be working with Toy Factory Productions for the first time.