The Present/Future Season: Peepbird
Everyday existence is a colourless hue. Then a woman transforms into a crow. The woman is a crow, a voyeur and a destabilizing self-loather. Its quest – to peep and mimic, lurk and conceal, deceive and try, to, be. “Peepbird” is a meeting place between puppetry and movement aesthetics, an exploration of destabilized identities and the state of being colourless.
Helmed by The Finger Players Co-Artistic Directors, Ellison Tan and Myra Loke, “Peepbird” is one of the four theatre productions presented by The Finger Players as part of “The Present/Future Season”. It is part of the live performance pilots initiated by the National Arts Council, where a limited number of seats to this performance will be made available to the public, subject to safe management measures in effect at the venue. Limited seats are available!
Director: Myra Loke
Playwright: Ellison Tan
Sound Designer & Music Composer: Darren Ng
Lighting Designer: Lim Woan Wen
Set Designer: mil de J.
Costume Designer: MAX.TAN
Puppet Designer & Maker / Props Master: Loo An Ni
Performers: Jo Kwek, Vanessa Toh and Al-Matin Yatim
Production Manager: Celestine Wong
Stage Manager: Ng Siaw Hui
Assistant Stage Manager: Ruth Au
Technical Crew: Ian Tan
“The Finger Players’ new artistic directors Myra Loke and Ellison Tan, who respectively directed and wrote this play, have spoken about their desire to put puppetry at the forefront of the company. They have done so in Peepbird, raising some provoking questions about the relationship between puppet and puppeteer: the performers only sometimes manipulate puppets (crafted by Loo An Ni). Their own bodies often move in puppet-like fashion the rest of the time, somewhere between the primal and artfully contrived.”
– The Straits Times
“Peepbird cuts right into the chrysalis of whatever this current time is, and made a space for me to confront this strange new world as it swivels, in all its decays and joys.”
– Centre 42
“a dream…an event…a painting…an elegy…a journey”
– Arts Equator