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Published on Jul 25, 2014
Meet coolies, rickshaw pullers, samsui women and even a night soil collector - people who lived and worked by the Singapore River in the early days. Inspired by the Singapore Literature Prize 1995 book of poems, 'From the Belly of the Carp' by Roger Jenkins, this play, 'Voices of the Singapore River' featured over 20 seniors aged between 47-74 from The Glowers Drama Group. It was staged as part of the Kampong Glam PAssionArts Festival Celebrations. It was aimed at senior citizens who never watched a play in a formal setting.
The Glowers are Singapore's pioneer bi-lingual seniors’ drama group formed in 2008 as a platform for seniors to pursue their interest in drama as part of their active senior lifestyle. Headed by stage and screen actress Catherine Sng, the group offers drama classes for seniors as well as performances for community, social, and commercial events. The Glowers is the resident drama group of Kampong Glam Community Club.
'Voices of the Singapore River' was directed by Serena Ho, co-directed by Catherine Sng and produced by Peggy Ferroa. It was first staged at Aliwal Arts Centre from 5-7 June, 2014 as part of Kampong Glam PAssionArts Festival Celebrations.