The post show discussion of Writings from The Heart shed light on the playwrights experience and the content of their plays which highlighted existing social issues through the characters. For them, the post show discussion was vital in aiding the development of their scripts as the comments and thoughts from the audience allowed them to reflect, edit and question sections of their work and the portrayal of their characters.
On 10- 11 July, I had the opportunity to film Writings from The Heart. Writings from The Heart first began as a workshop by Tony Perez, an internationally renowned Filipino playwright and artist. Following the workshop, between June 2014 to March 2015, he then provided dramaturgical mentorship to the eight playwrights where these scripts were developed. Prior the the public readings of these plays, there was a closed door reading in May that gave the opportunity for the playwrights to hear their works and subsequently edit them. It was undoubtedly an enjoyable experience attending the premiere of these new plays. After sitting in the rehearsal for My Mother Buys Condoms earlier that week, I was curious to see the rest.
Our Engagement Intern, Shifaa Jonoh spoke to the two different playwrights who are part of Writings from The Heart. They are: Helmi Yusof and Gabriel Lim, playwrights of My Mother Buys Condoms/ My Father Wears Bras and We Fell In A Marathon respectively.
Our Engagement Intern, Shifaa Jonoh spoke to the three different playwrights who are part of Writings from The Heart. They are: Chan Lishan, Samantha Chia and Serene Tan, playwrights of Conversations with My Father, No Regrets and Hazy Pre- Nuptials respectively.
Over the weekend, we had Writings from The Heart at 72-13. It was incredible and fascinating to see how these 9 plays, despite their vast and varying subject matter shared certain similarities with each other. Conventional characters in unconventional situations, dashed dreams, missing memories, fragmented realities- these were just a few of the common threads in the the plays that premiered. Each one definitely had its thought provoking moments which greatly fueled the post show discussion with the director, actors, playwrights and audience. After the readings, we interviewed some audience members who shared their thoughts with us on the plays they watched. It was interesting to hear the personal audience response that garnered varying perspectives of their perception of the play and what resonated with them.
The Business Times, 10 July 2015, Friday
Arts, page 33
Today’s edition of The Business Times features an article on Writings from The Heart. Cheah Ui- Hoon writes about the various inspirations, experiences and thoughts of the playwrights. Here are some key quotes.
Lian He Zao Bao, 9 July 2015, Thursday
Featured in zbnow, page 13
The English translation of the text can be found below.
With Writings from The Heart happening this weekend, many might be wondering what exactly would these array of plays have to offer. Well, ponder no more! Here are the play synopses for the nine brand new plays written by the playwrights who developed them after their 6 month dramaturgy programme with Tony Perez, a renowned Filipino playwright, novelist and visual artist.