The Vault: How Did You Meet Tina?

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5 December 2015 | 8:00pm
Black Box, Centre 42

Admission is free.

Synopsis

How Did You Meet Tina? is a performance-presentation created and directed by Chong Tze Chien that traces the legacy of the late Christina Sergeant via archival footage and images as well as recreated interviews with her collaborators, friends, family and students.

Christina Sergeant (1955-2013), more affectionately known as Tina, was an accomplished and passionate actress, director, educator and mentor.

Playwright-director Chong Tze Chien knew of Tina, the much-lauded theatre practitioner, when he was a young student. But it was only over a decade later when he would finally meet her. It was 2004 and Tina was directing his play Furthest North, Deepest South. Tze Chien remembers her as “open-minded, principled and genuine”. To date, she is one of his most favourite collaborators.

Like Tze Chien, many remember Tina as an inspiring person who warmed the hearts and stirred the minds of those she met. But she was also a stalwart in the Singapore theatre scene for over 25 years who co-founded and helmed key art organisations like Mime Unlimited, Actors Theatre Circle, STARS and SDEA, and groomed the arts practitioners of today. In her life in Singapore, Tina was a witness and active participant in the evolution of the local theatre scene.

In this instalment of The Vault, join Tze Chien as he pieces together the artefacts and stories of Tina’s life and legacy.

This edition of The Vault is Tze Chien’s reciprocal project for the grant he received from Centre 42’s Fellowship programme. Find out more about it here.


Video Documentation

The Black Box was outfitted with 10 screens showing past footages of Tina’s performances, with notes scribbled on the screens detailing Tina’s journey in Singapore theatre scene. The collected interviews with Roger Jenkins, Shirley Smith, Samantha Scott-Blackhall, Wong Young Tseng, William Alan Morten, Serena Ho and Natalie Hennedige were performed by actors Nora Samosir, Serene Chen and Tan Shou Chen – who had met and worked with Tina on various occasions.


Resources

Programme Handout

Programme for The Vault: How Did You Meet Tina?.


Photographs

How Did You Meet Tina? was a performance-presentation created and directed by Chong Tze Chien that traced the legacy of the late Christina Sergeant via archival footage and images as well as recreated interviews with her collaborators, friends, family and students. For one evening only, on 5 December 2015, the Black Box was transformed into an installation of maps and video footage of Tina’s journey in Singapore theatre. Actors Nora Samosir, Serene Chen and Tan Shou Chen shared the stories collected from interviews with Tina’s collaborators and friends.

The actors on stage, Shou Chen standing centrestage, Nora seated to the back and Serene squatted to the right. An audience looks on.

Photographed by Tim Nga.
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Profiles

Chong Tze Chien
Director, Creator, Playwright
Lam Dan Fong
Production Stage Manager
Nora Samosir
Performer
Tan Shou Chen
Performer
Serene Chen
Performer

artefacts

The Playwriting Career of Chong Tze Chien
Looking through his body of works, you would think Chong Tze Chien has a morbid fascination with death. Indeed, he once admitted that death was a “pet theme” (Business Times [BT], 24 April 2009) that would re-emerge time and time again in his writing. Here are a few examples: Chong’s hugely-successful debut play, Pan-Island Expressway [PIE], staged by TheatreWorks in 1999, is a multi-layered narrative revolving around a fatal traffic accident and a suicide. Spoilt (2001), written
Daniel Teo
Published: 30 November 2015
Christina Sergeant – Life Events
Christina Sergeant (1955-2013) was an actress, director and educator who was both a pioneer and builder of Singapore English-language theatre. The timeline below presents selected events from Sergeant’s life. Click on each tab to find out what happened during the year. This timeline is not meant to be a complete record of Sergeant’s life — for more information, please consult the additional sources listed below.
Daniel Teo
Published: 3 December 2015