Seniors from Small Talk share their thoughts

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.

隔一代的人:参与《话家常》有感

文:傅容慧

在时间的长河里60年不算什么。可是在我生长的土地里,意义是何其重大。就在这半个世纪里,一个语言可以消失,好像不曾存在过一样。我的父母会讲福建话,华语,马来语,英语,还有其他籍贯的方言。除华语之外不算精通,但至少足以用来话家常。而这看似在寻常不过的”话家常”,却因为语言的生疏而变得不自然,甚至困难。我方言讲得四不像,虽然有很多问题想问这几位活宝,却难免因为语言问题而却步,也无法好好了解她们的分享内容。

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Thoughts after Small Talk 话家常感言

Small Talk @ Kovan Hub – 27th April 2013

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.

Jalyn Han
Creative Director
InArts Productions

Review of Afar

Said Mary Mazzilli, who writes for the British Theatre Guide, “Afar is not only a watchable show but also, in a positive sense, a challenging one.”

Afar is directed by Jalyn Han and is as part of The Studios, Esplanade.

Read the full review here:

http://britishtheatreguide.info/reviews/afar-the-studios-th-7991

 

Parenting your characters by Lee Shyh Jih

Shyh Jih is Jalyn Han’s close collaborator and the playwright of AFAR, an upcoming play directed by Jalyn.

He will be giving a talk on 4 Aug, Sat, 5pm, where he will explore if a playwright is the parent of his/her characters. More info below:

再见·爱 Re:Kindle Love

Directed by Jalyn Han

Re:Kindle Love «再 见 爱 » is a tale about promised love that is destroyed under devastating circumstances. The story revolves around a young man and the various complexities which he faces with three women from different generations. It celebrates the optimism and hope that springs from true love, which is shared by a courageous man with those whom he loves during the journey of his life. But most of all, Re:Kindle Love «再 见 爱 » reminds us to cherish our present and our lives and to stay positive no matter how tough the going gets.