Drama workshops with YAH! Problem Gambling Prevention AmbassadorsCommissioned by YAH! Community College, Drama Box and National Council for Problem Gambling
Over the course of three months, Jalyn facilitated workshops with the YAH! Problem Gambling Prevention Ambassadors to develop a series of skits. As Ambassadors, these senior volunteers often conduct outreach activities and events to educate the public on the dangers of problem gambling and to provide support to the family members of problem gamblers. Drawing from their personal experiences and stories, the skits were performed as part of YAH!’s community outreach activity.
This film was inspired by the poems Two Mothers in a HDB Playground by Arthur Yap and Two Mothers Over a Wall in Queen Astrid Park by Foo Chen Loong
A housewife sits alone at home. She seems to have difficulty differentiating the past or present. Going about her daily chores, things take a sharp turn when she is forced to face the issues in her present life.
Directors Kuo Jian Hong and Alvin Chiam Hwee Chin bond with choreographers Jalyn Han and Kuo Jing Hong to create some memorable stage play, such as a rippling ring of pizza boxes in the toe-tapping One Step at a Time/Yi Bu Yi Bu Lai.
…it stands out with a charm, freshness and dedication to high production values that distinctly shows off the conviction of its creators.
Director Jalyn Han does a good job in manipulating the small space of the Play Den, creating entertaining little scenes that segue neatly into each other with minimal props.
Firecrackers & Bombshells is a competent and hugely enjoyable debut from a new player in the local theatre scene. Suffice to say, most of the audience members left with a smile on their faces – thinking, no doubt, of the idiosyncrasies of their own families in the annual rush up to the festive season.
After Small Talk concluded at Kovan Hub, we invited the participants to share their thoughts. This is what they said –
Mdm Lee Siak Huay (Kopi-so) – Ms Han is very patient with the seniors.
Jennifer Goh (Centre Manager, Jia Ying Senior Activity Centre) – When this thought of Community Theatre brought up by Rane from PA Passion Arts, I wasn’t confident that my seniors would love to do so. However after meeting with Ms Jalyn Han, she gave me the confidence that she has her way to win the seniors. I also told her we have to try and we start off with 17 of them and if they come back for 2nd session, that means they would love to give it a try. I am so glad that 13 of them continued for more than 8 sessions of the practice and they are all very excited. It brings out the confidence of individual from the youngest participant 51 years old to 80years old.
Tan Tnar Chuan (po-zua auntie)– My granddaughter is very proud that I, almost 80years old have the opportunity to perform despite being wheelchair bound.
Toh Kim Hong – It is a privilege for me, at 80 years old still has a chance to go up stage and hold a microphone. All these years in my life, I do not have a chance to do so.
Irene Soon – Ms Jalyn Han our director is a humble, friendly, soft spoken and patient person. We are seniors aunties and being first time standing on stage performing, all of us have stage fright and some of us had never hold a microphone before. Throughout the 8 working sessions, first few sessions, Ms Han listened to our kampong stories, she choreograph and turn it into a small talk performance. She patiently taught us how to overcome forgetfulness, be natural, presentation skills and we also enjoy ourselves thoroughly. We thank her for a time given to us and we appreciate the experience of the performance in this chapter of our life.
Lim Sai Hue – 韩老师对我们很好，她很用心地教我们， 很认真。我们很高兴有机会学习。非常谢谢她。
Lee Theng Inn – The performance at Kovan Hub and Kallang CC has given me confidence, joy and a victorious spirit. The sharing of the era between 1950s to 1960s has indeed given our younger generation an understanding of what is it like at that time. This short light-hearted presentation indeed gives us an opportunity to share what we have went through previously.
I would like to thank Rane and Jennifer for having so much faith in the importance of this project. Although the concept is new to them, they supported us wholeheartedly with the belief that this would benefit our community. I am pleased to share that Small Talk at Kovan Hub has sparked the interest in a group of students from Ngee Ann Poly to trace their own dialects. This gives us the confidence to elevate Small Talk to the inter-generation level.
I am grateful for this opportunity to work with PA, Kovan CC and the seniors from Joylink, to rediscover the stories that bind us, the people, to the land we live on. We may come from different races, countries, or even generations, but the kampong spirit lives on if we continue to create, collect, and tell our stories as Singaporeans.
<Bond to Last> Our direction towards community arts.