SingLit comes to life through a dramatised reading of acclaimed playwright Jean Tay’s new stage adaptation of Charmaine Leung’s book, 17A Keong Saik Road. In her memoir, Leung recounts her formative years on Keong Saik Road in the 1970s when it was a prominent red-light precinct. Tracing her story as a brothel operator’s daughter and the transformation of the neighbourhood from the 1930s to the present, Leung finds reconciliation with the past through her writing.
Tay is adapting stories from this book into a theatrical script, with Leung as a story consultant. Directed by award-winning director Koh Hui Ling, this dramatised reading will be the inaugural presentation of the script to the public. There will be a dialogue session with the playwright, author, director, and actors after each reading.
Playwright: Jean Tay
Producer: Woo Hsia Ling
Director: Koh Hui Ling
Cast: Jodi Chan & Tan Beng Tian
Story Consultant: Charmaine Leung
Audience are invited to a dialogue session following each read, together with the playwright, author, director and cast.
Woo Hsia Ling is an independent producer, production and stage manager. Shows she has produced include A Tiny Country by Attempts (commissioned by M1 Singapore Fringe Festival 2020) and Saltwater by Jamie Lewis (Theatre Works in Melbourne 2015, Brisbane Festival 2015, and Bleach* Festival 2016 in Gold Coast). Woo was also the managing producer for Chinatown Crossings by Drama Box, a promenade theatre performance that ran two sold-out seasons in 2018 and 2019.