06 June 2005

All The World's A Stage ...

...... and two of my poems are about to do some acting. Here's a nice email I just received:
Dear Mr Gilbert Koh,

STAGES is proud to have been invited to present a performance of dramatized poetry entitled "Poetic Licence" for the SHINE Youth Festival organised by the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports. The festival is supported by the National Youth Council. The performance is aimed at introducing young audiences to the richness of poetry and its power as a mode of expression - through the use of drama.

The production features an ensemble cast of 8 experienced actors performing over 40 poems by Singaporean writers, and we would like to request permission to use your following poem(s) for the show :

1.National Day Parade
2. Chiang's Heatstroke

For your information, the production is directed by Jonathan Lim and the cast are Alex Ng, Audrey Luo, Candice De Rozario, Pierre Goh, Terence Tan, Tan Shou Chen, Judy Ngo and Melissa Lee. Poetic Licence runs from 29th June 2005 till 6th July 2005 in the Hall at the Singapore Arts Museum.

We hope you will agree to let us perform your poems and share them with our audience. You will of course be credited in the programme materials, and the poem titles will also be reflected therein. In gratitude, we would like to present you with 2 pairs of complimentary tickets for the event (date of your choice, excepting 2nd July 2005).
This is actually the second time these two poems are going to be used in a drama performance. The first time was during the National Arts Festival, a few years ago. Back then, I gave permission for the poems to be used but I didn't attend the performance. This time I wanna go!

National Day Parade is a mildly subversive poem which I will probably post on the Reader's Eye sometime closer to National Day (9th August). Chiang's Heatstroke is an army poem set in the context of a training exercise on Pulau Tekong. I'll probably post Chiang's Heatstroke next week.

Both poems were previously published in a literary anthology entitled From Boys to Men - A Literary Anthology of National Service in Singapore, which is probably where STAGES came across them. Click here for an old review of From Boys to Men. The reviewer also had a couple of nice things to say about Chiang's Heatstroke.
posted by Gilbert at Monday, June 06, 2005

8 Comments:

Blogger Anonymous Poet said...

Congrats Gilbert! Do you know how, exactly, they learned of your poems? The National Arst Festival? Or, are you just becoming that well-known in Singapore, generally?

June 06, 2005  
Blogger Gilbert Koh said...

Well, Singapore is quite a small country (5 million people packed together on a small island) and very well-connected.

There are only that many poets around, and after a while, almost everyone kinda knows almost everyone else.

So yes, in a sense you could say that I'm "well-known". Then again, so are most other poets. :)

June 06, 2005  
Blogger Alson Teo said...

Congratulation Gilbert! So what’s next? Will there be a movie about your poems? If yes do let me know, I want to be part of it. Heh. :)

June 06, 2005  
Blogger Gilbert Koh said...

Movie? Haha, I would need to write some VERY long poems. :)

June 06, 2005  
Blogger Anonymous Poet said...

Perhaps a Broadway show?

June 06, 2005  
Blogger Alson Teo said...

That is a great idea! :)

June 06, 2005  
Blogger Anthony said...

Well, there's poetry and there's...poetry. Good news on your part Gilbert. I'm happy for you.

June 08, 2005  
Blogger Gilbert Koh said...

Thanks, everyone!

June 08, 2005  

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