British Council Arts (Singapore) caught up with award-winning playwright Kaite O' Reilly after the work in progress sharing of The Singapore 'd’ Monologues - an international theatrical dialogue of difference, disability, and what it is to be human, from opposite sides of the world.
Inspired by previously unrecorded disabled experience, fictionalised monologues will be presented across multiple languages (spoken/projected/visual), incorporating aesthetics of access. This performance will set an important precedent: the first multilingual, intercultural, disability-led theatre project created between the UK and Singapore. Award-winning playwright Kaite O’Reilly, and internationally respected director/actor-trainer Phillip Zarrilli will lead the team, joined by veteran disability arts practitioner Sara Beer and Deaf UK-based Singapore-born Ramesh Meyyappan with his innovative visual performance skills. Together with Singaporeans Lee-Lee Lim, Grace Khoo and principle collaborator, Peter Sau, the performance will open up a much-needed discourse of disability in quality, accessible disability-led work, never experienced before in a home-grown Singaporean project.
Kaite O’Reilly is a UK-based playwright and theatremaker who works internationally in disability arts and culture and so-called ‘mainstream’ culture. Her award-winning plays and performance work are innovative in form, aesthetics, and content, often experimenting with what she calls ‘alternative dramaturgies informed by a d/Deaf and disability perspective’ (embedded audio-description, bilingualism with spoken/visual languages, etc).