Open Homes

By Jeffrey Tan
Creation

5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20 Aug

Various times

Various locations

30min, no intermission

Theatre

$15 (no further discount)

This programme is eligible for the Tote Board Arts Grant Subsidy.

Performed in multiple languages of Singapore


You walk around your estate and catch a glimpse of your neighbours in their homes eating, laughing, quarrelling, playing mahjong… What are the stories that play out behind those doors, the dramas unfolding behind those drapes?

Your curiosity is about to be satisfied with Open Homes, one of the most unique theatre experiences of SIFA 2017. Returning after a successful run in 2015, the theatre concept this time will enter HDB public housing estates, as well as private condominiums and landed residences.

The doors of 30 homes will be flung open over three weekends and their residents will invite us into their private spaces to enchant with stories they wish to share.

Mentored by theatre-makers, this intimate experience promises to take audiences around Singapore and into the warmth of open homes. In each short, snappy 30-minute show, you will get an up-close-and-personal view of the heartbreak and humour, comedy and chaos, domestic dramas and dreams that rule in our apartment buildings, estates and neighbourhoods across the country.

What is to discover? Maybe it's that no matter whether rich or poor, single or married, young or old, we still share the capacity to care for one another and to dream big.

Performed in the multiple languages of Singapore.

Pre-booking is essential as spaces are limited in these living-room theatres.

Please note that registration will end a day before Open Homes weekend at 11 pm. 
For enquiries, email register@artshouse.sg or call 6435 0196 number. 

 Commissioned by Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA).

Download the full synopses of the 30 Open Homes here.

Week One (5 & 6 Aug)
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    A House of Dreams

    Punitha d/o Ramanathan
    Venue: North - Lentor
    Date: 5 August - 10am & 12pm
    Language: English 
    Facilitator: Ahmad Musta'ain
    Rating: General

    What makes a house a home? Join Punitha as she celebrates a Singapore in the memory of her late father, and be touched by her present memories of home as she dreams of a future of her own making.

    Highlights
    1. Find out what Punitha wore to score for career day
    2. Share a story all of us will experience at one point in our lives - losing a loved one and coming to terms with it 

     

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    Writing the World

    Elancharan Gunasekaran
    Venue: West – Bukit Panjang
    Date: 5 and 6 August - 10am & 12pm
    This home has a cat.
    Language: English
    Facilitator: Ian Loy
    Rating: General

    A poet shares stories of how his family collects and breathes new life into old artefacts: his father would bring home ‘abandoned’ wood and turn them into a table or bench. These family artefacts are the inspiration for Elancharan’s poems, who will also share bits of family history through his poems. 

    Highlights
    1. Enjoy poetry readings by local poet Elancharan Gunasekaran
    2. Marvel at his family’s ingenuity in transforming old artefacts 

     

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    Creating My Space

    Tang Ling Nah
    Venue: North - Admiralty
    Date: 5 and 6 August - 2pm & 4pm
    Language: English
    Facilitator: Judy Ngo
    Rating: General

    Visit the home of artist Tang Ling Nah in the north. Inside her home, you are privy to views of nearby Johor Bahru. Come explore her studio, filled with over a decade of artwork, as she shares her love for charcoal drawing.

    Highlights
    1. Experience a different side of Singapore in the north
    2. Explore the studio of an established Singaporean artist and make charcoal drawings along with Ling Nah 

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    Balance

    Christie Chua
    Venue: East – Marine Terrace
    Date: 5 and 6 August - 2pm & 4pm
    Language: English
    Facilitator: Sharda Harrison
    Rating:  General 

    As she leaves home, Christie strives to strike a balance between being a mature, independent woman and a filial daughter to her parents. As Christie recounts stories of her relationship with her family members, explore what it means to achieve a ‘balanced’ life as she invites the audience to reflect on their own experiences. 

    Highlights
    1. Get to choose which stories of Christie’s family members you’ll like to listen to first
    2. Be invited to reflect on what a ‘balanced’ life means to you 

     

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    The Best Time

    Cynthia Ong
    Venue: North – Woodlands
    Date: 5 and 6 August - 2pm & 4pm
    Language: English, Mandarin and Hokkien
    Facilitator: Jalyn Han
    Rating: General 

    The best part of one's life can be anytime, anywhere and with anyone... Come be reminded of the simple pleasures of life with Ong, who shares her journey of overcoming cancer, finding strength in her faith, and living life to the fullest. Ong will treat you as a treasured guest who's making a stop in her flat. 

    Highlights
    1. Be inspired by a cancer survivor's optimism and tenacity through life's challenges
    2. Be reminded of the simple pleasures of life 

     

     

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    Something Old, Something New

    Nurhana Jamaludin and Hanifah Othman
    Venue: East – Joo Chiat
    Date: 5 and 6 August - 6pm & 8pm
    Language: English and Malay
    Facilitator: Oniatta Effendi
    Rating: General 

    This home with a view of Geylang Market holds memories of what it was like to live in a Malay Kampong. Hana (daughter) loves all things old, while Han (mother) has stories of past adventures. Outside their home, you’re greeted by a mini-museum featuring historical artefacts belonging to Hana's grandmother. Together, this mother-daughter duo weaves stories of past and present. 

    Highlights
    1. Experience a home in the middle of Geylang Serai
    2. Enjoy a fascinating blast from the past through a "mini- museum" of artefacts along a HDB corridor

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    Food Sorcerer

    Rukhsana Vasanwala
    Venue: East – Bedok
    Date: 5 and 6 August - 6pm & 8pm
    This home has nine cats.
    Language: English
    Facilitator: Sharda Harrison
    Rating: General

    Rukhsana Vasanwala runs one of Singapore’s most famous cooking schools from her home in the east. This Singaporean foodie will share how early experiences of her culture – the Bhori Tribe – led her to fall in love with cooking, along with stories of her kitchen, home and her many cats. She can’t wait to meet you! 

    Highlights
    1. Visit one of Singapore’s most well- known home cooking schools
    2. Come listen to stories of the Bhori Tribe, and the magical story of how Rukhsana found her home 

     

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    Living Flamenco

    Antonio and Daphne Ng
    Venue: East - Geylang
    Date: 5 and 6 August - 6pm & 8pm
    This home has a dog.
    Language: English
    Facilitator: Jeffrey Tan
    Rating: General 

    In this charming shophouse in Geylang, flamenco maestro Antonio and his wife Daphne have built a home, a studio, and a life dedicated to dance. Full of flamenco-inspired memorabilia, come share their story of how the couple met and fell in love. The session will end with a flamenco performance. 

    Highlights
    1. Tour the home and dance studio of a renowned flamenco maestro
    2. Enjoy a charming setting in a shophouse in Geylang 

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    Between the Pages

    Melissa Tan and Marcel Xu
    Venue: East – East Coast
    Date: 6 August - 10am & 2pm
    Language: English
    Facilitator: Peggy Ferroa
    Rating: General 

    While spending a year abroad with her family on a US air base, Melissa found herself with much time on her hands. Born out of a need to accomplish something, she shares her story of how she became an accidental "children's book author". Melissa reads excerpts from her book, where a boy builds a rocket to see his grandmother on the moon; while her son, Jacob, will build a "rocket" out of random materials. 

    Highlights
    1. A "wild-card" performance by 6-year- old Jacob who builds a rocket out of random materials
    2. Marcel and Melissa share their experiences living on an airbase in the US 

     

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    Makers and Mavericks

    The Flynn Family
    Venue: East - Bedok
    Date: 6 August - 2pm & 4pm
    This home has a cat.
    Language: English
    Facilitator: Jeffrey Tan
    Rating: General

    Enter the creative world of the Flynn family! The family lives and breathes creativity, from the inventiveness of dad, a scientist, to the imagination of mum who'll whip up a sweet treat for you, to their son, a full-time artist. Get a glimpse of their creative process and join them for a session of making something with your hands with found objects. 

    Highlights
    1. An interactive section where audiences get to make something together with the Flynn family
    2. Explore the creativity of a family of makers 

     

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    History & Her Story

    Nur Sakinah and Lim Zhi Wei
    Venue: East – Eunos
    Date: 6 August - 2pm & 4pm
    This home has a cat.
    Language: English
    Facilitator: Saiful Amri Ahmad
    Rating: General 

    Nur Sakinah and her husband Zhi Wei share their story as an inter-racial couple, who fell in love, got married and bought a flat while Zhi Wei was still an undergraduate. Join these two individuals living their new life together in their home in a rustic estate. 

    Highlights
    1. Join the couple as they share experiences about overcoming challenges as a mixed- race couple
    2. Savour the ambience of their home in a rustic Singaporean neighbourhood 

     

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    The Music of Love

    Alice Yap and James Yap
    Venue: North - Yishun
    Date: 6 August - 4pm & 6pm
    Language: English
    Facilitator: Peggy Ferroa
    Rating: General 

    Come have fun with music educators Alice and James! The couple share how they met as music students and built a home around music. Share their camaraderie as they perform pieces reflecting their partner's "personality"; they also perform a three- part movement and a pop song, Yue Liang Dai Biao Wo De Xin (The Moon Represents My Heart). Join them in performing a song using hand chimes! 

    Highlights
    1. Gain new insights into music through mini- music performances
    2. Alice and James explain each other’s "personality" through music 

     

Week Two (12 & 13 Aug)
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    Zullette's Yarn

    Nur'aisha and Mohamed Adi
    Venue: East - Tampines
    Date: 12 August - 10am & 12pm
    Language: Malay and English
    Facilitator: Oniatta Effendi
    Rating: General 

    The fabric of life in the Zullette family is a spinning series of tales. From a broken state of three, the addition of a new family member anchored them. But unlike happily-ever-afters, happiness is not a fixed destination. Join the Zullette family as they recount the transformations that have become a part of them. 

    Highlights
    1. Unravel a family’s story through their ups and downs 

     

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    A House of Dreams

    Punitha d/o Ramanathan
    Venue: North - Lentor
    Date: 12 August - 10am & 12pm
    Language: English
    Facilitator: Ahmad Musta'ain
    Rating: General

    What makes a house a home? Join Punitha as she celebrates a Singapore in the memory of her late father, and be touched by her present memories of home as she dreams of a future of her own making.

    Highlights
    1. Find out what Punitha wore to score for career day
    2. Share a story all of us will experience at one point in our lives - losing a loved one and coming to terms with it 

     

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    Between Sunset and Sunrise

    Anthea Ong
    Venue: East – Marine Crescent
    Date: 12 August - 4pm & 6pm
    Language: English
    Facilitator: Oniatta Effendi
    Rating: General

    What happens when you lose the things that once defined you? Through performing extracts of her journals over the years, Anthea explores the idea of loss and takes the audience through an experience of how silence is key to healing. Enjoy the serenity of her home, boasting views of greenery and the ocean. 

    Highlights
    1. Experience Anthea's journey of healing through performances of extracts of her journals
    2. Enjoy the serenity of her home with views of East Coast Park 

     

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    The Art and Science of Homemaking

    Isabelle & Suresh
    Venue: South - Commonwealth
    Date: 12 August - 6pm & 8pm
    Language: English
    Facilitator: Peggy Ferroa
    Rating: General 

    Visit the home of two biologists, Isabelle and Suresh where art, science and nature form the backdrop of their family. Take a two-part tour of this black-and- white terrace; first take a peek into Isabelle's art studio; then Suresh offers a mini-lecture about his research into our busy minds, fish and human behaviour. The session ends as Suresh plays a short flamenco piece in the outdoor garden. 

    Highlights
    1. Get an insight into the relationship between science and art
    2. Enjoy a short flamenco guitar performance in a garden 

     

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    Harumnya Si Bunga Rampai (The Fragrance of Flower Potpourri)

    Hamidah Abdul Karim
    Venue: East – Sims
    Date: 12 and 13 August - 12pm & 2pm 
    Language: Main Malay with a mix of English
    Facilitator: Saiful Amri Ahmad
    Rating: General

    Enter the home and work studio of a floral designer and discover how floral arrangements play a role in Malay culture. Hamidah will teach you how she prepares Bunga Rampai (flower potpourri) which is commonly used in Malay weddings. 

    Highlights
    1. Learn about Malay culture and prepare your own bunga rampai 



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    Bao Bao

    Joan Lee and John Sng
    Venue: Central – Toa Payoh
    Date: 12 and 13 August - 2pm & 4pm
    Language: English
    Facilitator: Ebelle Chong
    Rating: General 

    "Bao Bao" is a Chinese term of endearment for "baby" and also "treasure". Come hear from John and Joan as they share about the four "baos" (their four children) through the many challenges life has given them. The couple candidly discuss their difficult experience with a stillborn child and how sharing has been a part of their healing. 

    Highlights
    1. Discover how this couple have overcome a painful experience with a stillborn child 

     

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    I M Possible

    Agnes Lim
    Venue: West – Jurong
    Date: 12 and 13 August - 2pm & 4pm
    This home has a dog.
    Language: English
    Facilitator: Judy Ngo
    Rating: General 

    Come join Agnes in her in pursuit of a life well-lived as she turns impossible into “I M Possible”. Her story begins 14 years ago, when a twist of fate destroyed the dreams of a young woman. Witness how Agnes continues to overcome the challenges on her path with the help of a powerful and optimistic mind, and the assistance of people that surround her with love. 

    Highlights
    1. Discover the true story which changed Agnes’ life 14 years ago
    2. Be inspired by Agnes’ story of courage and tenacity 

     

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    Pieces that Fit a Home

    Hairianto Diman
    Venue: East - Tampines
    Date: 12 and 13 August - 4pm & 6pm
    Language: English
    Facilitator: Ahmad Musta'ain
    Rating: General 

    When his father leaves behind mere traces in his life, Hairianto's poignant story reflects the story and struggles of going through one’s important milestones of life in a home built on missing pieces. 

    Highlights
    1. This session is styled as a relaxed conversation with room for questions and answers.

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    My Father, the Grandfather

    Samuie Tarjalia 
    Venue: North – Chua Chu Kang 
    Date: 12 and 13 August - 6pm & 8pm 
    This home has 4 cats. 
    Language: English 
    Facilitator: Sharda Harrison
    Rating: General 

    Growing up, people mistook Samuie's father for his grandfather due to the large age gap between his father and his mother (25 years). His father recently passed on and gifted Samuie with "artistry". Samuie will share his childhood memories through role- playing with the audience. 

    Highlights
    1. Find out more about Samuie’s relationship with his father through a role-playing session with music, paintings and more 

     

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    Magnet

    Kow Xiao Jun
    Venue: Central - Bugis
    Date: 12 and 13 August - 6pm & 8pm
    Language: Mandarin and English
    Facilitator: Jalyn Han
    Rating: General 

    Celebrate the warmth of kinship through the eyes of an ordinary Singaporean family living on Waterloo Street. In this multi-generational home filled with scenes of Singapore from the 80s, Kow Xiang Jun has lived here since birth. She introduces the five most important characters in her life. Through a monologue and performances, she weaves nostalgic memories of the past. 

    Highlights
    1. View life through the eyes of ordinary Singaporeans living in bustling Waterloo street
    2. Take a blast to the past to Singapore in the 70s and 80s, through a tour of Xiao Jun's home 

     

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    Mommy Not at Home

    Danny Raven Tan
    Venue: Central - Ang Mo Kio
    Date: 12 and 13 August - 6pm & 8pm
    This home has a dog.
    Language: English
    Facilitator: Jeffrey Tan
    Rating: General 

    Have you kissed mommy goodnight tonight? This heartwarming session brings you to the home of Danny, his Peranakan mother and their dog. In a home filled with paints and artwork that Danny has created over the years, Danny shares his journey of caring for his mother, a dementia patient.

    Highlights
    1. Hear the heartfelt story of a son caring for a parent with dementia
    2. Soak in atmosphere of his home-gallery filled with artworks

     

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    Makers and Mavericks

    The Flynn Family
    Venue: East - Bedok
    Date: 13 August - 2pm & 4pm
    This home has a cat.
    Language: English
    Facilitator: Jeffrey Tan
    Rating: General

    Enter the creative world of the Flynn family! The family lives and breathes creativity, from the inventiveness of dad, a scientist, to the imagination of mum who'll whip up a sweet treat for you, to their son, a full-time artist. Get a glimpse of their creative process and join them for a session of making something with your hands with found objects. 

    Highlights
    1. An interactive section where audiences get to make something together with the Flynn family
    2. Explore the creativity of a family of makers 

     

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    History & Her Story

    Nur Sakinah and Lim Zhi Wei
    Venue: East – Eunos
    Date: 13 August - 2pm & 4pm
    This home has a cat.
    Language: English
    Facilitator: Saiful Amri Ahmad
    Rating: General 

    Nur Sakinah and her husband Zhi Wei share their story as an inter-racial couple, who fell in love, got married and bought a flat while Zhiwei was still an undergraduate. Join these two individuals living their new life together in their home in a rustic estate. 

    Highlights
    1. Join the couple as they share experiences about overcoming challenges as a mixed- race couple
    2. Savour the ambience of their home in a rustic Singaporean neighbourhood 

     

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    Lemons Lemonade

    Laura Schuster
    Venue: North - Woodlands
    Date: 13 August - 6pm & 8pm
    Language: English
    Facilitator: Ian Loy
    Rating: General 

    Discover a recipe for life that Laura has concocted along the way as she reflects on some of life’s bitter moment. Through sickness, divorce and life changes, Laura has learnt how to be resilient and to make the best of life’s challenges. Finding solace in reading and meaning in drama, Laura has amassed an impressive library in her home. 

    Highlights
    1.Take a tour of Laura’s home library and discover new inspirational books
    2. Connect with Laura’s story of living through life’s challenges 

     

Week Three (19 & 20 Aug)
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    Zullette's Yarn

    Nur'aisha and Mohamed Adi
    Venue: East - Tampines
    Date: 19 August - 10am & 12pm
    Language: Malay and English
    Facilitator: Oniatta Effendi
    Rating: General 

    The fabric of life in the Zullette family is a spinning series of tales. From a broken state of three, the addition of a new family member anchored them. But unlike happily-ever-afters, happiness is not a fixed destination. Join the Zullette family as they recount the transformations that have become a part of them. 

    Highlights
    1. Unravel a family’s story through their ups and downs 

     

  • between sunset and sunrise psd

    Between Sunset and Sunrise

    Anthea Ong
    Venue: East – Marine Crescent
    Date: 19 August - 4pm & 6pm
    Language: English
    Facilitator: Oniatta Effendi
    Rating: General

    What happens when you lose the things that once defined you? Through performing extracts of her journals over the years, Anthea explores the idea of loss and takes the audience through an experience of how silence is key to healing. Enjoy the serenity of her home, boasting views of greenery and the ocean. 

    Highlights
    1. Experience Anthea's journey of healing through performances of extracts of her journals
    2. Enjoy the serenity of her home with views of East Coast Park 

     

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    The Art and Science of Homemaking

    Isabelle & Suresh
    Venue: South - Commonwealth
    Date: 19 August - 6pm & 8pm
    Language: English
    Facilitator: Peggy Ferroa
    Rating: General 

    Visit the home of two biologists, Isabelle and Suresh where art, science and nature form the backdrop of their family. Take a two-part tour of this black-and- white terrace; first take a peek into Isabelle's art studio; then Suresh offers a mini-lecture about his research into our busy minds, fish and human behaviour. The session ends as Suresh plays a short flamenco piece in the outdoor garden. 

    Highlights
    1. Get an insight into the relationship between science and art
    2. Enjoy a short flamenco guitar performance in a garden 

     

     

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    Bak Serumpun Serai Yang Banyak Gunanya (Like The Useful Lemongrass)

    Mohamad Mustain Bin Abdul Shukor
    Venue: West – Clementi
    Date: 19 and 20 August - 10am & 12pm
    This home has two cats.
    Language: Malay with a mix of Javanese
    Facilitator: Saiful Amri Ahmad
    Rating: General 

    Enter the life of a bachelor who lives alone and finds joy in sewing, cooking and taking care of plants. Extremely handy with the sewing machine, he sews clothes for others and himself. Mustain will also share stories about his family through his collection of costume jewelry. 

    Highlights
    1.Try a spot of homemade lemongrass tea
    2. Admire a set of beautiful troupe costumes created by Mustain himself 

     

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    Magic in Our Hands

    Wendy Wand
    Venue: East - Frankel
    Date: 19 and 20 August - 2pm & 4pm
    Language: English
    Facilitator: Jeffrey Tan
    Rating: General 

    If you had a magic wand, what kind of life would you create? Let motivational coach Wendy Wand inspire you with her own story of resilience and living life to the fullest. At age 30, she became a single mother with three children, but re-built her family from the ground up. Today, she manages a new family with new members, new cultures and across two lands. 

    Highlights
    1. Tune into stories of resilience, and witness the tenacity of a single- mother who rebuilt her life and family
    2. Come be inspired by motivational coach, Wendy Wand 

     

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    Alice in her Wonderland

    Alice Cheah
    Venue: West – Bukit Panjang
    Date: 19 and 20 August - 2pm & 4pm
    Language: Cantonese with Mandarin and English
    Facilitator: Jalyn Han
    Rating: General 

    Step into the colourful life of Alice Cheah, a 66-year old housewife, who proves age is not a barrier to leading a fabulous life. Alice will share stories of her past as a waitress in Singapore's street hawker stalls, and later on, as an office girl who took a course to learn to "answer phone calls". A lover of Cantonese opera since childhood, Alice will also perform a piece of Cantonese opera. 

    Highlights
    1. Watch Alice perform a piece of Cantonese opera
    2. Get a fascinating insight into the "code language" used by Singaporean street hawkers 

     

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    Tapestry of Love

    Tong May Yee, Evenlyn Sam & Claire Lim
    South – Bukit Merah
    19 and 20 August - 4pm & 6pm
    Language: English and Mandarin
    Facilitator: Ebelle Chong
    Rating: General 

    Join three mothers as they share how their friendship comes together through blanket making. Sewing items for their children to continue passing down through the generations, these blankets are a precious piece of family history. Come see and touch these precious handmade items that are being passed down, and join the families in an outdoor tent they have built together. 

    Highlights
    1. Learn about family history through precious handmade items, such as a baby bib that has been passed down for three generations.
    2. Join the family in their outdoor garden as they build a tent 

     

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    Balik Kampung

    Abigail Han
    Venue: East – Bedok
    Date: 19 and 20 August - 6pm & 8pm
    This home has one cat.
    Language: English
    Facilitator: Ian Loy
    Rating: General

    A visual artist learns what it means to return home after living abroad for eight years. After travelling to different parts of the world (Los Angeles, Minnesota), she realises the "Kampong Spirit" Singapore once had is not part of a cultural upbringing, but a conscious effort by everyone in a community. 

    Highlights
    1. Learn more about cultures around the world from Abigal’s travels 

     

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    Nothing is Impossible

    Wee Kien Meng
    Venue: Central – Clarke Quay
    Date: 19 and 20 August - 6pm & 8pm
    Language: English
    Facilitator: Judy Ngo
    Rating: General 

    Welcome to Kien's home of magic! Kien's shares his challenging path to becoming a professional magician. His journey started as a child when his father gave him a magical "bottle of courage", as he was a shy child who was often bullied. For Kien, magic is not merely about tricks, but an entire presentation akin to an art-form. Wander through his home filled with "magical" pieces of furniture that transform, and even learn a card trick which you can perform. 

    Highlights
    1. Learn and perform a card trick
    2. Explore Kien's home which is filled with "magical" pieces of furniture 

     

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    When Mother Music comes for Tea

    Khir Johari
    Venue: Central – River Valley
    Date: 19 and 20 August - 6pm & 8pm
    Language: English
    Facilitator: Ahmad Musta'ain
    Rating: General 

    The world listens as Singapore speaks of her great achievements and remarkable transformation over the decades. But what do we hear if we get Singapore to sing? Khir Johari shares his little known stories of Mrs Daisy Devan, affectionately known as Mother Music of Singapura, and her precious contributions to the music recording industry of Singapore. 

    Highlights
    1. Be privy to little known stories of iconic Singaporean music producer, Mrs Daisy Devan

     

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    Between the Pages

    Melissa Tan and Marcel Xu
    Venue: East – East Coast
    Date: 20 August - 10am & 2pm
    Language: English
    Facilitator: Peggy Ferroa
    Rating: General 

    While spending a year abroad with her family on a US air base, Melissa found herself with much time on her hands. Born out of a need to accomplish something, she shares her story of how she became an accidental "children's book author". Melissa reads excerpts from her book, where a boy builds a rocket to see his grandmother on the moon; while her son, Jacob, will build a "rocket" out of random materials. 

    Highlights
    1. A "wild-card" performance by 6-year- old Jacob who builds a rocket out of random materials
    2. Marcel and Melissa share their experiences living on an airbase in the US 



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    The Music of Love

    Alice Yap and James Yap
    Venue: North - Yishun
    Date: 20 August - 4pm & 6pm
    Language: English
    Facilitator: Peggy Ferroa
    Rating: General 

    Come have fun with music educators Alice and James! The couple share how they met as music students and built a home around music. Share their camarederie as they perform pieces reflecting their partner's "personality"; they also perform a three- part movement and a pop song, Yue Liang Dai Biao Wo De Xin (The Moon Represents My Heart). Join them in performing a song using hand chimes! 

    Highlights
    1. Gain new insights into music through mini- music performances
    2. Alice and James explain each other’s "personality" through music 

     

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    Lemons Lemonade

    Laura Schuster
    Venue: North - Woodlands
    Date: 20 August - 6pm & 8pm
    Language: English
    Facilitator: Ian Loy
    Rating: General 

    Discover a recipe for life that Laura has concocted along the way as she reflects on some of life’s bitter moment. Through sickness, divorce and life changes, Laura has learnt how to be resilient and to make the best of life’s challenges. Finding solace in reading and meaning in drama, Laura has amassed an impressive library in her home. 

    Highlights
    1.Take a tour of Laura’s home library and discover new inspirational books
    2. Connect with Laura’s story of living through life’s challenges 

     


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    Ahmad Musta'ain Bin Khamis

    Ahmad is a teacher of Drama and English Language in Cedar Girls' Secondary School. He also volunteers his energy and time as the Secretary of the Singapore Drama Educators Association (SDEA) for Y2016-2017 and co-chairs the programming committee of the SDEA Theatre Arts Conference 2017. Ahmad is known for winning the Theatreworks' 24 Hour Playwriting Competition in 2010 for his play Serunding, which has gone to tour around various venues in Singapore (2010-2014) and Malaysia (2015) under Culturelink's Bilateral Arts Festival, Titian Budaya. He was also the artist-mentor to two homeowners for Open Homes (2015) as commissioned by People's Association (PAssion Arts) and SIFA.

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    Ebelle Chong

    After obtaining her Bachelor of Business Administration from the National University of Singapore, Chong enrolled in LASALLE College of the Arts to pursue dance. Since graduating with a diploma in contemporary dance in 2001, administratively, she has worked with local companies including Touch Entertainment (Production Manager 2001-2002), Ah Hock and Peng Yu (General Manager/Production Manager from 2003-2004) and The Arts Fission Company (Project Manager 2005-2006). Ebelle got involved in four Open Homes in 2015. She is currently the Company Manager for RAW Moves, a local contemporary dance company whose mission is in redefining movement.

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    Ian Loy

    A Young Artist Award 2014 recipient, Ian Loy is also the Founder and Artistic Director of MySuperFuture Theatrical Productions. He specialises in children's theatre and is a regular collaborator of the Esplanade's Playtime! programme, which cultivates appreciation for theatre among children aged two to four. He also frequently partners local theatre companies to conduct drama workshops in secondary schools and junior colleges. Ian co-created with two homes for the 2015 Open Homes.

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    Jalyn Han

    Jalyn Han is a theatre practitioner and trainer with over thirty years of experience in acting, directing, scriptwriting, and theatre education. She first completed the Acting and Directing courses by the late Kuo Pao Kun in 1989 and started her performing arts journey with the SAF Music & Drama Company in 1979. She has worked with The Theatre Practice, Drama Box, The Necessary Stage, TheatreWorks, Toy Factory Theatre, Nine Years Theatre as well as mainstream and special needs schools. She founded InARTS (www.inarts.com.sg) in March 2012 to realise her long-time dream of producing quality artistic content with heart, in collaboration with like-minded artistic talents.

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    Judy Ngo

    Judy Ngo is the Artistic Director of 1N THE ACT which focuses on education through drama. In her spare time, she directs and acts for other companies. She has more than 15 years of experience working with schools in the capacity of a drama educator, CCA instructor and Artist-in- School. She believes in constant training and has attended courses conducted by international masters such as David Diamond (Canada), Philippe Gaulier (France), Anne Bogart (USA) and Richard Schechner (USA).

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    Oniatta Effendi

    Oniatta Effendi is a qualified and experienced Drama Educator. She graduated from Nanyang Technological University/ National Institute of Education with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and Diploma in Education, majoring in Drama and Performance, and English Language. She occasionally performs on stage as well. She was nominated Best Actress for Life! Theatre Awards 2012 for a role in The Gunpowder Trail staged in August 2011. Oniatta is a familiar face on Suria – having presented an award-wining children’s TV programme (Krayon) for 4 consecutive seasons. She was last seen on screen as a TV presenter in an edu-tainment Malay TV programme that promotes love for Mathematics (SOS Matematik), produced by Screenbox Production House and Mendaki. Most recently, she worked with ex-inmates with addiction issues at a halfway house using drama as a medium for expressing themselves.

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    Sharda Harrison

    Sharda Harrison is a local theatre performer and arts educator. She graduated with a BA (Hons) in Acting from LASALLE College of the Arts in 2009. Since then she has performed in a spectrum of theatre shows in Singapore as well as internationally. Sharda founded Pink Gajah Theatre in 2013. She uses Pink Gajah as a platform to showcase arts focussed on social and environmental activism. Her education wing focuses on bringing movement, drama and balance to children, teenagers and adults. Sharda co-created two pieces for the 2015 Open Homes.

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    Peggy Ferroa

    Peggy Ferroa is a teaching artist and performance maker. Her strength lies in working with non-actors and she is often commissioned to write and direct productions for Singapore communities. As a teaching artist, Peggy has been part of the National Art Council’s Teaching Through the Arts Programme (TTAP) since 2012. Peggy is immediate past president and current vice president of the Singapore Drama Educators Association (SDEA). Back in 2012, she was a local collaborating artist for Ciudades Paralelas (Parallel Cities) for the Singapore Arts Festival during which she worked with chamber maids for an installation piece. She is delighted to be part of Open Homes and looks forward to working with yet another community.

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    Saiful Amri Ahmad

    Saiful Amri has been involved in performing arts since 1997. He has performed, directed, produced, managed and written numerous Malay performing arts projects and arts education programmes in English and Malay. As a Theatre Producer, his notable works are Gentarasa 2007: Titisan Cacamerba and Gentarasa 2012: Bagaimana Kalau… Gentar Gegarannya. He was part of the Best Ensemble at Straits Times Life! Theatre Awards 2008 with the cast of Bilik Ahmad and was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for Hawa (Hatch Theatrics/ Wild Rice's Singapore Theatre Festival) at the M1-The Straits Times Life Theatre Awards 2017.

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    Jeffrey Tan

    An experienced theatre director and educator of twenty-five years, Jeffrey has worked full time as Resident Director with The Theatre Practice (1997), Drama Lecturer and Acting Head of Drama with LASALLE SIA (1999) and as Associate Artistic Director with TheatreWorks (S) Ltd (From 2002 - 2006). He was Assistant Director (Festivals) with the National Arts Council from 2007 to 2009 and Head, Commune: Participation with the Singapore Arts Festival from 2010 to 2012. Between 2012 to 2015, Jeffrey was Assistant Director, Community Arts and Culture Division, People’s Association. He ran three PAssionArts Festivals and also conceptualized and produced Open Homes – between nine theatre mentors and 25 homeowners to create their 30-minute performances in their living rooms. Currently Jeffrey is a freelance Theatre Director and Independent Producer. He also sits on the NAC External Theatre Assessor Panel.

5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20 Aug

Various times

Various locations

30min, no intermission

Theatre

$15 (no further discount)

This programme is eligible for the Tote Board Arts Grant Subsidy.

Performed in multiple languages of Singapore

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