Smaller shows take centrestage at theatre fest

Smaller shows take centrestage at theatre fest
Chinese Theatre Festival goes for a more diverse content with something for everyone.

SINGAPORE - Home-grown theatre group The Theatre Practice has hit on a winning formula with its Chinese Theatre Festival.

The annual series of Chinese language plays, launched in 2011 to sell-out success, is back with a varied bill that aims to appeal to a diverse audience and spotlight small- or medium- sized Chinese language works which do not usually receive top billing here.

Tickets to the upcoming shows have been selling fast and some performances are almost sold-out.

The festival took a break last year when the bilingual company focused on commemorating the 10th anniversary of the death of its founder and theatre pioneer Kuo Pao Kun.

It opens next week with La Naissance, a whimsical puppet show by Taiwan's Flying-Group Theatre, which explores topics of birth and beginnings, and is suitable for both young and old.

Another family-friendly production is The Theatre Practice's fresh telling of the story of legendary Chinese war heroine Mulan.

Edgier fare comes in the form of Wanderer-Seeker: A Trek Around My Room.

The modern musing on dealing with the grind of urban life is inspired by writings of the ancient Chinese philosopher Zhuangzi.

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