CHRISTINA SERGEANT 1955 -
Tina’s sudden passing on the 17th February was a devastating loss to her family and to Singapore’s theatre community.
She was my best friend for 30 years, my best man(!) at my wedding, and my performance partner and collaborator from the days we first began creating comedy together as Phizzog Mask Theatre in 1983. She cold called me to say she had just arrived in Singapore (with Kwee, her husband) and she’d heard that I was into Masks and as she had trained as a mime (at the Marcel Marceau school) she was keen to meet up. She came to UWC one afternoon and we danced around chatting for a while until I brought out some masks, a mix of the full and the half masks . . . and we started to play. A couple of our most popular pieces -
She was wonderful actress with the most astonishing range: she could play fearsomely powerful high status characters, then switch on an instant into the most incompetent and appealing clown. I cast her at Truffaldino in my 1984 Drama Festival of my production of The Servant of Two Masters, which she aced with great energy and comic timing.
Our roles were reversed when she cast me as the goddamm Sheriff in STARS The Best Little *House in Texas. (This was 1985 and we weren’t allowed to use the word ‘Whore’ in the title: we were also inspected at the Dress Rehearsal to make sure our ‘whores’ were not too provocatively dressed or badly behaved!) Yet Tina was always proud of the fact that our production -
In improvisation she combined a razor-
I miss her creativity , her comedy and above all, her caring -
The Madhatters Comedy Company c2002: Tina, me, Raymond Tan. Alison Lester and musician Eunice Lee.
The Bear, by Anton Chekhov