How does a playwright draw inspiration while writing a dialogue, to entertain and not bore? How does drama function in ways to enlighten the complexities of humanity? The session will examine the choices that playwrights make as theatre-makers through life experiences and imagination during COVID.
About the Speaker(s)
Crispin Rodrigues is a poet, editor and educator. His most recent poetry collection is How Now Blown Crow (2021), a meditation on love, domesticity, ageing and death. He is currently working on a new poetry collection that deals with his mixed heritage.
Lucas Ho is a playwright, director, performer and educator. He is an Associate Artist with Checkpoint Theatre. As a playwright, Lucas' works include FRAGO (2017), staged by Checkpoint Theatre and The Heart Comes To Mind (2020), a co-production by Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay and Checkpoint Theatre. He has edited numerous play anthologies, and has taught at the secondary, pre-tertiary and tertiary levels.
Cheyenne Alexandria Phillips is a writer, performer, educator, and Associate Artist with Checkpoint Theatre. Her writing and performance credits include Vulnerable (2021), A Grand Design – an audio experience (2020), In The Twine (Singapore Writer's Festival commission, 2018), and For The Record (Centre 42's Basement Workshop Residency 2017). She has hosted eco-literary walks around MacRitchie Reservoir in collaboration with the Public Utilities Board (PUB) as part of Singapore Water Month 2018. Cheyenne's writings can be found in QLRS, Contour: A Lyrical Cartography of Singapore (2019) and Who are you my country? (2018). She is also a licensed Tourist Guide.
This series of panel discussions tackle facets of life, from nostalgic fiction writing to urban living, from the spoken word to digital mediums, through words, images and voices. Speakers for this April include Crispin Rodrigues, Cheyenne Alexandria Phillips, Charlene Shepherdson, Daryl Qilin Yam, Eva Wong Nava, Inez Tan, Joshua Ip, Lucas Ho & Choo Kah Ying.