2004

AUGUST

Mergers and Accusations

Director

Ellen Toh is the chain-smoking lesbian lawyer who marries her best friend Jon in a marriage of convenience. This arrangement presents her with a socially respectable position as well as a husband who accepts her sexual orientation. The domestic bliss is ruptured when Ellen falls in love with Lesley the lesbian lawyer from London and Ellen is confronted with the choices that one has to make in love and life.

MAY

East Side Story

Set Designer

Loosely based on the musical West Side Story, East Side Story unfolds the tragic struggle between two warring gangs to define themselves in their own space against the demands of their masculinity and sense of brotherhood. Incorporating dance, martial arts, drama and a touch of violence, East Side Story is an eye-opening experience of hard-hitting intensity and physical dexterity of the all male cast.

2003

NOVEMBER

Prism

Director & Playwright

A cross-cultural project for "ASEAN-Japan Exchange Year 2003" – Goh Boon Teck was commissioned by Kageboushi Theatre Company of Japan to write and direct the Pan-Asian production Prism, which is about the disappearance of Asian architecture. This grand theatrical performance gathered performing artists and designers from six countries and embarked on a six-nation tour. The music was composed by Malaysia's top composer Saidah Rastam.

OCTOBER

Beautiful Thing (Mandarin)

Director & Set Designer

Written by Jonathan Harvey, Beautiful Thing is filled with edgy, knockout teenage dialogue and the language of people whose first reaction to feelings is suspicion and self-defence. Deliciously upbeat, Harvey crafts the play with astonishing maturity and grounds the drama in a tangible sense of reality. Beautiful Thing is far more concerned about love, compassion and respect than sex. Much of its charm comes from treating potentially controversial material in a casual manner, instead of viewing it as a dirty secret or guilty pleasure. It is also a genuine effort to ponder such things, that prejudice exists not in laws, but in people's hearts.

JULY

Bent

Set Director

An emotionally demanding script set in Nazi Germany about gay men who must flee from persecution and watch their partners being tortured to death. Boon Teck created a long and narrow acting space shaped more like a fashion runway than a proper stage, with audiences stretched out on either side.

APRIL/FEB

Mad Phoenix

Director & Set Designer

Mad Phoenix tells the legend of the prodigal Cantonese playwright Kong Yu- Kan, affectionately known as Mad Phoenix. Toy Factory's artistic director Goh Boon Teck's Brechtian presentation of the Mad Phoenix will showcase a company of strong Mandarin- speaking actors, in story-telling style, telling the lovely tale of the infamous Mad Phoenix. Goh's Westernised direction will allow the audience to share in the intimate and graceful tradition of Cantonese opera.

2002

DECEMBER

Chessmaster

Director

A game of passion and betrayal, a life of love and loss, a world of genius and obsession. A straightforward storyline unfolds in a linear fashion, each event neatly related to the audience. Yet this seemingly uncomplicated plot leads to serious discussions.

SEPTEMBER

Fireface

Set Designer

Written in 1998 by young German playwright Marius von Mayenburg, Fireface (2002) deals with necrophilia and incest in a warped nuclear family.

JUNE

The Morning People

Director & Set Designer

The story begins with the return of the lady of an aristocratic household after spending many years in London who meets with the inevitable pending sale of her prized property. Her pathetic attempts at preventing a lost empire from crumbling introduce us to the drama and comedy of a world where people of several generations clash with irreconcilable ideologies and passions. Written by internationally acclaimed playwright Chay Yew, and inspired by Anton Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard.

MARCH

K

Playwright

The 1970s – a kaleidoscopic period rife with temporal changes worldwide. Seven Singaporeans born in this tumultuous and delirious time transform into a myriad of insects with Keratin Kernels, abruptly altering all their relationships with Kith and Kin. In a rekindling of Franz Kafka's "Metamorphosis", and inspired by biographies of Kafka and stories of acquaintances, K, a play which explores deeply into the latent psyches of the seven kindred spirits born in the seventies.

FEBRUARY

Beautiful Thing (Mandarin)

Director

Written by Jonathan Harvey, Beautiful Thing is filled with edgy, knockout teenage dialogue and the language of people whose first reaction to feelings is suspicion and self-defence. Deliciously upbeat, Harvey crafts the play with astonishing maturity and grounds the drama in a tangible sense of reality. Beautiful Thing is far more concerned about love, compassion and respect than sex. Much of its charm comes from treating potentially controversial material in a casual manner, instead of viewing it as a dirty secret or guilty pleasure. It is also a genuine effort to ponder such things, that prejudice exists not in laws, but in people's hearts.

2001

JULY

The Seventh Drawer

Director

A grandfather of lost history. A young girl pursuing desires and a bewildered dog suffocated in a dense old cabinet with seven drawers. Every drawer has a story, be it haunting, moving. Provoking, stirring, disturbing, soothing or electrifying, no one can escape from it!

Free the ghosts!
Disclosing the secrets!
Unlocking the memories!
It was written by celebrated Hong Kong playwright Ho Ying Fung and staged at the abandoned old warehouse disco building.

APRIL

The Eastern Line On My Palm

Director & Playwright

Seeking enlightenment, Anna ups and leaves for India. Amongst the backpackers, pilgrims and the more innocent Indians, she gets to know a strange but simpler and more appealing way of life. Enlightened, she goes home. However, she is soon caught in an identity quandary as her new beliefs constantly collide with her old.

An entrancing monologue…
An evening of enlightenment,
enchantment and entertainment.

JANUARY/FEBRUARY

Shopping & F***ing | Set Designer

Set Designer

An understated world trading with rent boys, phone-sex bunnies and souls. Street youths intersperse their tenuous life in-between joyous pills and micro-wave meals. Gay, Straight, Bi, Underdog, Ass-worshipper and Shoplifter marshaled into a virtual heaven of ecstasy. Life is so boring and can really be so, simply shopping and f***ing.

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