If you’re a person of Chinese descent, ask yourself this: how many Mandarin nursery rhymes do you know?
The answer to that can probably be represent by the fingers on a single hand (we know ours did). That’s why The Theatre Practice has embarked on a daunting new project to preserve our culture and reinvent Mandarin Nursery Rhymes, reintroducing these classics for audiences both old and new this November!
On 5th November 2017, The Theatre Practice will officially launch The Nursery Rhymes Project at their home at Waterloo Street. The brains behind this ambitious project is none other than TTP Artistic Director Kuo Jian Hong. Kuo was inspired by the many songs of her childhood giving her a keen sense of love for the Mandarin language and Chinese culture, and since becoming a mother herself, realized that passing on these same nursery rhymes to her own child are possibly the best gifts she can give, a soundtrack for her childhood.
Joining forces with her are some of TTP’s most frequent collaborators: award winning lyricist Xiaohan, music director Julian Wong, and celebrated local illustrator Lee Kow Fong (better known as Ah Guo), along with performers Gloria Ang, Jodi Chan, Joanna Dong, Windson Liong, Ric Liu, Ng Mun Poh, Sugie Phua and Ethel Yap. Together, the all star team have created new material to complement and reinvent mandarin nursery rhymes favourites, addressing the need for quality and localised materials to help parents and teachers introduce and teach nursery rhymes to young children at home and in school.
With these incredibly creative minds, The Theatre Practice will officially launch The Nursery Rhymes Project on 5th November. The Nursery Rhymes Project both updates old classics and introduces new gems to the canon, bringing together childhood favourites, traditional folk songs and beloved hits from our childhood, and consists of three key components: Paint Our Songs (an illustrated lyrics book), Sing Our Songs (a soundtrack), and bringing it all together, Imagine Our Songs (a touring performance directed by Kuo and Isabella Chiam).
At the launch on 5th November, audience members will be treated to a fun outdoor musical performance of Imagine Our Songs at 10am and 11.30am at Waterloo Street, celebrating the launch of the entire project and completely free of charge. Attendees will also stand a chance to meet some of the creative team and performers, and get their book (which will be on sale on site) autographed at the launch, while the soundtrack will be available for download on iTunes, Spotify and other channels.
Even if you can’t make it down on 5th November, don’t fret – The Theatre Practice will be bringing Imagine Our Songs to town when they tour it around various neighbourhoods in the coming weeks: River Valley (11th Nov), Chong Pang (12th Nov), Bedok and Toa Payoh (18th Nov). And if there’s any educators or interested parents out there, do contact TTP at TTPeducation@practice.org.sg, as Imagine Our Songs is also now available for school and private bookings, customisable and adjustable to accommodate audiences with various sensitivity or access needs, and different group sizes.
This November, rediscover your childhood with The Theatre Practice as they bring you The Nursery Rhymes Project, and give both you and your kids songs to take home and keep close to their hearts for the rest of their lives.
Photo Credit: The Theatre Practice
The Nursery Rhymes Project launches on 5th November with performances of Imagine Our Songs at 10am and 11.30am at The Theatre Practice, 54 Waterloo Street. Admission is free. For school or private bookings, contact The Theatre Practice at 6337 25 25 or email TTPeducation@practice.org.sg