SIGHT/UNSEEN Drama Symposium at Tara Theatre, 27 April

SIGHT/UNSEEN Drama Symposium at Tara Theatre, 27 April

16 April 2018

Amplifying Voices of Southeast and British East Asian Theatre Playwrights

Playreadings, talks and discussions will provide an opportunity to experience and discuss the plays of writers from Southeast Asia and from the British East Asian community. The Sight/Unseen Drama Conference is taking place over two days in South London: 26 April at Goldsmiths, New Cross and 27 April at Tara Theatre, Earlsfield. 

The second day of the conference will be packed with talks by playwrights and practitioners, informal discussions and readings. This is a fantastic opportunity to meet key figures in the fieldin theatre, representing Southeast and British East Asian playwrights.

The day will begin with a welcome from Tara Theatre’s Artistic Director Jatinder Verma, finishing with a reading of Asa Palomera’s The Prodigal Daughter of Korea at 7pm. There will be a variety of sessions held in the main theatre. See the full schedule below. 



9.30-10am Registration

10-10.15am Welcome by Jatinder Verma MBE, Artistic Director, Tara Arts 

10.15-11am Reading of Joel Tan’s play Tango 
Directed by Dr Margaret Coldiron, Deputy Head of BA World Performance, East 15 Theatre Conservatoire, University of Essex

11-11.15am Coffee/Tea break

11.15-12pm Panel: Taboo subjects in Singapore and Malaysia
Moderator: Dr Aleksandar Brkić, Lecturer, Goldsmiths, University of London
Panel: Alfian Sa’at (Singapore), Ann Lee (Malaysia), Joel Tan (Singapore/UK), Asa Palomera (Korea/USA)

12-12.15pm Coffee/Tea break

12.15-1pm Panel: Retelling old tales in theatre + reading from Bound Feet Blues by Yang-May Ooi
Chair: Amanda Rogers, Associate Professor in Human Geography and Geohumanities, Swansea University
Panel: Lucy Sheen and others (TBC)

1-2pm Lunch break

2-2.30pm Reading from Alfian Sa’at’s The Optic Trilogy
Directed by Rebecca Goh, with students from Royal Holloway, University of London

2.30-3pm  Q & A

3-3.45pm Coffee/Tea break

3.45-4.45pm Questioning the idea of a British East Asian writer
Chair: Dr Ashley Thorpe, Senior Lecturer, Department of Drama, Royal Holloway, University of London
Panel: Lucy Sheen, Kumiko Mendl and others (TBC)  

5-6pm Networking session: Creating roots for collaboration
Chair: Jonathan Meth, The Fence network
Panel: TBC 

6-7pm Break

7-9pm Reading of Asa Palomera’s The Prodigal Daughter of Korea followed by Q & A with the author


You can book your tickets here.

Ticketing info:

Price - £25.00 for the 2 day event or £15.00 for students

£15.00 for 1 day or £8.00 for students

£5.00 for attending the Book Launch only

£5.00 for attending the playreading 'The Prodigal Daughter of Korea' by Asa Palomera only



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