Apart from a bit role when I was eight, my relationship with the theatre has been one of admiration from afar; of wistful “if only”s from circles and stalls, and tickets that I can’t quite afford, but will buy anyway.
I never really thought very hard about a career in the theatre, but because I love stories, I’ve hovered in somewhat-related fields: first film, then journalism.
It was this love for stories that brought me back to the theatre. Traipsing around Singapore interviewing 50 theatre practitioners for Theatre Memories: 50 Years of Singapore Theatre was not strictly journalism, felt like a natural enough progression. Listening to the experiences of people like Ivan Heng and Siti Khalijah and Neo Swee Lin and Wong Souk Yee gave me a window into a rich, colourful world; a world of hard work, rejection and censorship, but also of passion, fun and a wonderful sense of community.