A tale told through sounds, lights and objects

Helmi Yusof
Published Thu, Feb 26, 2015 · 09:50 PM

IF one of the things art does well is to force you to look more closely at the things you take for granted, then the performance-installation OneTwoSix is an apt cocoon for you to meditate on everyday life in.

There, in the confines of the Drama Centre Black Box, you'll find a man surrounded by familiar and mundane objects, such as possibly a toilet bowl, a fan or a fire extinguisher. Though the man (played by Ong Kian Sin) does not say a word, his life is narrated by the sights of and the sounds made by these various objects. Through these, a story gradually emerges.

Made by lesser artists, OneTwoSix might be an experiment that is at best, indecipherable, and at worst, unbearable. But the work is produced by well-regarded theatre company The Finger Players and created by three of the finest theatre designers in Singapore - so one can't help but be intrigued.

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