2017

Poop!

“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.

PRODUCTION CREDITS

Director / Playwright Chong Tze Chien
Sound Designer Darren Ng
Lighting Designer Lim Woan Wen
Puppetry and Props Designers & Makers Ang Hui Bin, 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