The two disciplines are actually quite different in terms of what you’re looking for and where the work is done. The actor works more with his body in the moment, while the director tends to work more with his mind. I didn’t quite understand this when I was working only as an actor. But now, I understand more where the actor’s work ends and the director’s work begins. So I would concentrate on seeing the actor’s work to its maximum to give the director the best to make his/her decisions. As a director, I understand the process of the actor, so I am more sensitive towards their processes, including when I need to step back.
What was your first impression upon reading Mixed?
When I first read Raemae’s winning entry to the competition, I was quite taken by the beauty of her prose and her creativity – what, all this from a 17-year-old?
Do you feel you can relate to the plot or the characters in any way? What does working on Mixed mean to you?
Let’s put it this way, Chinese Privilege is real, and I am a Chinese Singaporean Male. What’s more, we can’t always talk about Race or Privilege in an honest and open manner. I sincerely believe that the only way to bridge any chasm: sincere personal experiences shared and listened with open unjudging hearts, no matter how much we don’t agree with something.
What can audiences expect from Mixed?
They can expect a play with lots of heart.
Describe the play in a few words.
Mixed is a Chindian Singaporean story, offering a taste of the sweet in the bitter, and the bitter in the sweet.
We still have 6 more shows coming up! Join us for the post-show discussion and get the chance to ask Shou Chen and the other creatives his thoughts on the play and the rehearsal process!