TheatreWorks presents


Conceived and directed by Ong Keng Sen

She is a dancer, a teacher, a fighter.
He is a writer, a theatre doyen, a visionary.
This is about their struggle, their love and, all that is vital in their lives.

Karen Tan as Goh Lay Kuan
Lim Kay Tong as Kuo Pao Kun

Lighting design by Andy Lim (stage “LIVE”)

Excavated from over 40 hours of oral history interviews from the National Archives juxtaposed with seminal texts and plays of Kuo, Goh Lay Kuan & Kuo Pao Kun presents an intimate portrait of this pioneering arts couple of Singapore.

Internationally acclaimed theatre director Ong Keng Sen, known for his distinct aesthetic in making documentary performance through collaboration with his performers and extensive research, helms the full creation of this distilled work. This follows the ‘sold-out’
work-in-progress in April 2010 as part of the TheatreWorks’ 25th anniversary season.

If Singapore is a city of amnesia and forgetting, Goh Lay Kuan & Kuo Pao Kun asks an urgent question: how do we document the work and lives of Singapore artists whose practice evades easy archival and preservation?

Performance Details

Date & Venues:
14 & 15 Sep 2012, Fri & Sat, 8pm
Gallery Theatre
National Museum of Singapore

25 & 26 Oct 2012, Thu & Fri, 8pm
22 & 23 Nov 2012, Thu & Fri, 8pm
10 & 11 Jan 2013, Thu & Fri, 8pm
21 & 22 Feb 2013, Thu & Fri, 8pm
Exhibition Gallery 2
National Museum of Singapore

$25 (excluding $3 SISTIC charge)

20% concession available for the following groups:
i) Student (full-time, with valid student pass issued by the enrolled institution) – including SOTA, LASALLE, NAFA
ii) Senior Citizen (60 yrs & above, with valid identity pass showing proof of age)
iii) NSF (with valid 11B pass)
iv) NMS Member (with valid Member Pass)
v) NMS Volunteer (with valid NMS Volunteer Pass)
vi) MICA & NHB Staff (with valid Staff Pass)
vii) Group Booking (Minimum purchase of 10 standard price tickets to the show on the same date)

Tickets on sale on 30 Aug 2012 from www.sistic.com.sg or call 6348 5555

Present ticket at NMS Visitor Services Counter for a one-time admission to ‘A LIFE OF PRACTICE – KUO PAO KUN’ Exhibition from 14 Sep 2012 - 24 Feb 2013 during daily gallery hours. Not valid on Open House Days.

In conjunction with:
A Life of Practice – Kuo Pao Kun by the National Museum of Singapore;
The Kuo Pao Kun International Conference

Commissioned by:


New Media Partner


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