In a New Light is an international digital performance project, a collaboration between artists and children in Scotland, Bangladesh and Singapore to provide greater access to the arts.
Three experienced artists – Gudrun Soley Sigurdardottir, Kamruzzaman Shadhin, and Renee Chua will deliver and document the project whilst also responding to the young people’s ideas and the process itself.
The final outcome of the project will be a performance film, made by Gudrun Soley Sigurdardottir with the children in all three countries. This film will be shared widely in early 2021 and will have captions in English, Mandarin, Malay, Tamil and Bengali to make it accessible to different communities in Singapore, Bangladesh and Scotland.
In A New Light is a partnership between The Artground (Singapore), Gidree Bawlee Foundation of Arts (Bangladesh) and Imaginate (Scotland). The project has been developed as part of the Singapore International Foundation’s Arts for Good Projects
In Singapore, the project is led by local theatre artist Renee Chua and The Artground in partnership with Beyond Social Services..
Renee Chua is a theatre maker and an applied theatre practitioner based in Singapore. As a theatre maker, she is passionate about theatre with social consciousness. Some of her works investigate topics such as women’s issues, racism, bullying, inequality and environmental issues.She is inspired by devising processes and collaborating with fellow actors and artists to co-create theatrical works that are multidisciplinary.
As an actress, she has worked with various Singaporean theatre companies and her notable works include Magic Lantern (Paper Monkey, won ST Life! Award for Best Production for Young), 11 (Theatre Practice, nominated for Best Ensemble), Home Boxes (Paper Monkey, nominated for Best Ensemble). Renee’s directorial works include a devised piece Wonderland (Double bill, M1 Peer Pleasure), The Puppet King (NAFA, Toy Factory), The House of Bernarda Alba (NAFA).
Renee has founded Her Playback Theatre in 2018, a company made up of only women to serve women’s stories. She is also with Tapestry Playback Theatre since 2006, working with various communities to promote dialogue and social change. Renee is a graduate from Centre of Playback Theatre (Dip) and National University of Singapore (BA).