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UPDATED: 19 MAR 2017
2017 is my 39th year in Singapore and as always, nothing stays the same and the changes keep on coming!
I’m honoured that the National Arts Council has promoted me onto the ENHANCED ARTS EDUCATION PROGRAMME - I am the first individual in the literary arts to be given this privilege. It enables me to tailor programmes (or devise new ones) to suit a school’s needs and to submit the proposal for approval, without having to wait for the biennial submission process to come around. Thanks to the quality of my track record, and the trainers I have worked with, the NAC expects to approve any submissions very rapidly indeed.
After the success of the second run of the 398.2 Storytelling Festival last Nov/ec I am working to put the Festival on a more permanent footing and hope to announce plans fairly soon.
March 21: Performing with MARIO PIROVANO and MARCO LULY ar the Republic Polytechnic in a programme of commedia dellárte scenes, lazzi and a story from Darion Fo’s Mistero Buffo performed by Mario.
In his solo show, Mario presented four scenes from Mistero Buffo, which were a masterclass in theatrical storytelling – highly physical and comedic performances with plenty of direct address to the audience. The story of Lazarus Resurrection is a wonderful example of re- telling a well-known story from the point of view of an imagined character - in this case, a mendacious wheeler-dealer of a caretaker managing the cemetery where Lazurus is buried, charging the curious crowds coming to see if the magician (Jesus) can actually raise the long-dead man. Mario’s telling vividly brings this earthy, bawdy, disbelieving, gambling man to life