Poop! (2017)

20 October 2017 – 22 October 2017 @ Victoria Theatre

Synopsis

“When is life worth living; when is death worth celebrating?”

The notion of death and reincarnation has fascinated mankind’s consciousness, religions and literature since time immemorial.

Poop! chronicles the aftermath of a suicide: A GRANDMOTHER bargains with divine powers to release her SON’S soul from hell. Failing which, she brings him home; she takes over the reins of bringing up her GRANDDAUGHTER, while keeping her DAUGHTER-IN-LAW at bay, saving the GRANDDAUGHTER all for herself She tries to instill in her GRANDDAUGHTER that death is merely a joke, that there’s nothing to cry about as she takes her on a mind trip towards the underworld and purgatory — set against an all-too-familiar urban backdrop of fast food restaurants, underground trains, verdant pastures, and SBS buses.

These personal fantasies of the afterlife are challenged however when her GRANDDAUGHTER contracts a terminal illness.

The GRANDMOTHER fights with her DAUGHTER-IN-LAW, converses with the spirit of her SON, goes back in time, drinks a cup of Milo and watches her GRANDDAUGHTER take her final march towards her deathbed in a kind of apocalyptic graphic novel meets Victorian-era toy theatre.

The never-ending days of mourning are brought to lurid 3-dimensional, high-definition life as the agonizing wait for the ultimate redemption is an imprisonment in the realm between living and non-living on earth.

Director / Playwright: Chong Tze Chien

Sound Designer: Darren Ng
Lighting Designer: Lim Woan Wen
Puppetry and Props Designers & Makers: Ang Hui Bin, Olive Chong, Steffi Tan

Starring: Janice Koh, Jean Ng, Julius Foo, Neo Swee Lin
Puppeteers: Ang Hui Bin, Darren Guo, Zee Wong

Production Manager: Lam Dan Fong
Technical Manager: Huang Xiang Bin
Stage Manager: Tennie Su
Assistant Stage Managers: Tan Xiang Yi, Toh Wen Fang

Crew: Phua Yun Yun
Wardrobe Manager: Chong Wee Nee
Sound Assistant: Jing Ng
Set Coordinator: Ctrl Fre@k

(Source: The Finger Players Website)


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credits

Chong Tze Chien
Director, Playwright
Darren Ng
Sound Designer
Lim Woan Wen
Lighting Designer
Ang Hui Bin
Puppet Designer, Puppet Maker, Props Designer, Props Maker, Puppeteer
Oliver Chong
Puppet Designer, Puppet Maker, Props Designer, Props Maker
Steffi Tan
Puppet Designer, Puppet Maker, Props Designer, Props Maker

artefacts

Contemporary Classics (2017), Programme
Programme for Contemporary Classics (2017).
The Finger Players
Recorded: 27 October 2017