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|I am a Merdeka-generation Singaporean (born here to British parents) who grew up in UK before returning to teach drama (1978). I discovered storytelling (1998) after careers as a teacher and theatre practitioner (ST*ARS, Hi! Theatre), so I incorporate dramatic elements (physical/vocal characterisation, mime and comic improvisation) into my telling. What I love about storytelling (unlike theatre) is that I look directly into the eyes of my audience, performing in the same shared space/light.
Highlights of my storytelling life? Winning Best Storyteller Award (2013, Kanoon Int’l Story Festival, Iran) founding Singapore’s 398.2 Storytelling Festival (2015); co-founding FEAST (Federation of Asian Storytellers); and performing in festivals (Bahrain, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Malaysia and Thailand.) Being described as the ‘affable patriarch’ of Singapore storytelling by the National Storytelling Network (USA)!
I am particularly fond of value or wisdom tales – hence my two resource books, Stories for Values Education (Juniors and Teens), created to help schools tackle character education.
I enjoy working with puppets and telling in tandem (ie with a partner). With Gophi Nathan, who is hearing-impaired, I share stories told with sign language as I believe in promoting access (I am a trained audio-describer for the blind). Scripting a bi-lingual telling (in sign or with a mother-tongue partner) allows me to re-visit my theatrical roots!
|“Facts, opinions, and value statements push people apart, stories bring people together.” – Chuck Matthei|
|My other Arts Education Programmes
Timeless Tales – live (live via zoom) storytelling. Content tailored to your needs (pre-primary – JC)
Not Just at Bedtime: a professionally filmed video introduction to storytelling at home or in the classroom. 11 video lasting over two hours in all demonstrate techniques for building engagement and interaction with your child or class. The Story Stream enables you to pick and choose, or to view the entire series. (Note that these videos are not part of the regular story-view packs as, while they do contain 16 stories, they are primarily instructional videos – which happen to contain lots of value-add demonstration!)
Stories For Values Education – Juniors (ebook)
|If you would like to book me for a performance or to conduct a workshop, please use the Storyteller Request form.|