Hot on the heels of the New York Times Bestseller and Singapore Literature Prize-winning "The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye", cartoonist Sonny Liew creates an all-new graphic novel for the stage. Using the superhero genre as a springboard to tell a story about ageing and mortality, the book for the stage looks to examine the limits of even superhuman abilities when confronted with the complex issues of greying societies, or when faced with the pain of losing loved ones to the ravages of time.
While Liew embarks on the creation of his new narrative, theatre-maker Edith Podesta brings her incredible, creative sensibilities to collaborate with him – bringing to life the art of the graphic novel in a unique production that melds the languages of comics and theatre, of two-dimensional drawings and live performance, of word balloons and spoken words.
Central to Becoming Graphic will be the concept of the 'voicer', who animates and breathes life into the characters of Liew's imagination as his pen draws a nuanced and layered story of the complex issues we face with ageing and mortality.
Commissioned by Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA).
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Sonny Liew's New York Times bestseller The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye was the first graphic novel to win the Singapore Literature Prize, and has been nominated for 6 Eisner Awards. He was a recipient of the National Arts Council’s Young Artist Award in 2010, and his works include The Shadow Hero (with Gene Yang), Doctor Fate (with Paul Levitz) and Malinky Robot.
Edith Podesta is an actor, theatre maker and choreographer based in Singapore. She studied Acting and Movement Studies at the National Institute of Dramatic Art’s (NIDA), and holds a Master of Arts Fine Arts from LASALLE College of the Arts.
Her diverse artistic background includes co-founding A Group Of People, an award-winning collaborative ensemble of Singaporean actors and theatre makers, including Production of the Year at the Straits Times Life! Theatre Awards for A Cage Goes In Search Of A Bird in 2010. Her production of Dark Room X8 for Esplanade Theatre Studios was selected as one of 2014 The Straits Times Theatre Picks, and in 2017 she was awarded Best Original Script and Production of the Year at the Straits Times Life! Theatre Awards for her production BITCH: The Origin of the Female Species, commissioned by the M1 Singapore Fringe Festival. In 2014, Edith was awarded Best Actress at the Straits Times Life! Theatre Awards for her role in Cake Theatrical Productions Illogic.