The British Council and British High Commission presented a specially curated Theatre Showcase, CONNECTIONS, in alignment with our core commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion on 22 and 23 April at the KC Arts Centre. The Showcase was made possible with the creative collaboration of Very Special Arts and the generous support of Singapore Repertory Theatre.
CONNECTIONS is a convergence of artistic expressions from artists who are neurodiverse, gender diverse and disabled, performed works directed by Peter Sau, a pioneer in the arts and disability scene in Singapore. The performance also featured a digital performance by guest artist Jeremy Goldstein from London Artists Projects whose work has been described as “theatre at its simplest and most direct” (Lyn Gardner, The Guardian) and he is known for championing underrepresented voices.
Live performances were given by the following artists:
Claire Teo - 8 Rules
Stephanie Fam – Mum
June Chua – Ridicule or Respect?
Dawn Joy Leong - Welcome to My World
"The British Council has been very active in their support for the Arts and Disability and disabled artists in Singapore in concrete and dynamic ways. As an artist with disability, I am glad for the opportunity to work with the British Council and have benefitted greatly from their efforts to promote the social model of disability through events showcasing the talents of disabled artists, education and training programmes like SYNC, and research projects. There is a lot of talk in Singapore about inclusion these days, and many of us are just starting to learn about access for persons with disability. The British Council has led the way forward by walking the talk. This show has been one of a number that I’ve had the honour to be a part of, and I look forward to many more opportunities for collaboration in the future. Learning, discovery and growth never stops and I take away many valuable lessons and experiences each and every time. Thank you, British Council!" - Dawn-joy Leong