No matter how real and impending death is, it can be incredibly difficult to talk about. That’s why the Lien Foundation, Ang Chin Moh Foundation, Drama Box and ArtsWok Collaborative have joined forces to create BOTH SIDES, NOW – a community engagement project that seeks to address the elderly on the taboo and sometimes terrifying prospect of death and how to prepare for it with one’s loved ones.
First started in 2013 through a series of immersive arts activities, the project has since grown to the extent that the team has visited 50 senior activity centres across Singapore, organizing all kinds of activites from puppetry performances to facilitating conversations on end-of-life matters with seniors in order to help create communities where individuals and families feel the are given the necessary support and information in making the all important decisions about end-of-life issues. This year, Drama Box and Arts Wok Collaborative are leading the project in October with a restaging of their play The Wind Came Home.
Written by Drama Box artistic director Kok Heng Leun, The Wind Came Home was last staged in the last quarter of 2016, and will be playing in everyone’s favourite moving theatre – the GoLi (last used for The Lesson), which will be travelling around Chong Pang and Telok Blangah. The Wind Came Home is a puppetry based performance that will examine the lives of an elderly couple as their idyllic retirement years are rocked into the twilight when the husband finds out he is stricken with cancer, while the wife suffers from dementia. From here, everything has changed, and the two wonder how they will continue to survive as a couple and take care of each other and they slip further and further away.
The Wind Came Home will be available to watch completely free of charge, and will not only be performed in English and Mandarin, but also Malay and Tamil on selected dates. Each performance will also be accompanied by other onsite activities such as participatory art activities, screenings of short animations and community singing events. Every night, performances will also be followed by facilitated small-group conversations over dessert to open up the space for audiences to discuss and learn about how best to make end of life choices, in line with BOTH SIDES, NOW’s goals and aims.
Whether you’re in the prime of your youth or happily enjoying retirement, come on down and check out The Wind Came Home this October/November and prepare yourselves for a heartwarming, skilful performance that will undoubtedly speak volumes to anyone and everyone who’s ever had a brush with death and mortality.
The Wind Came Home is free to attend and will play from 18th – 21st October at Chong Pang, and 25th Oct – 5th Nov at Telok Blangah. The performance itself takes place from 8-8.30pm each evening, while other activities will take place before and after that. Check out the full schedule below, with languages the play will be performed in. For more information, visit BOTH SIDES, NOW’s website here
Chong Pang Venue : Next to Blk 104 Chong Pang Market
Time : 6.30pm – 9.30pm
Dates & Language of performance
18 Oct 2017, Mandarin
19 Oct 2017, Malay
20 Oct 2017, Mandarin
21 Oct 2017, English
Telok Blangah Venue : Next to Blk 11 Telok Blangah Crescent Market
Time : 6.30pm to 9.30pm
Dates & Language of performance
25 Oct 2017, Mandarin
26 Oct 2017, Malay
27 Oct 2017, Mandarin
28 Oct 2017, English
29 Oct 2017, Tamil
1 Nov 2017, Malay
2 Nov 2017, Tamil
3 & 4 Nov 2017, Mandarin
5 Nov 2017, English
Scheduled activities (daily)
6.30pm – 9.30pm : Participatory arts activities & installations (ongoing)
6.30pm – 7.30pm : Video screenings
7.30pm – 8.00pm : Community singing
8.00pm – 8.30pm : The Wind Came Home puppetry performance
8.30pm – 9.30pm : Community conversations