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					                                                                                 Today Monday augusT 22, 2011        T4                                                                                                                                                                   Today Monday augusT 22, 2011       T5


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                ivalent                        Training & Research Programme is back on
                                               track, renaming itself Intercultural Theatre
                                               Institute and announcing its new education
                                               programme. NaFa student lawrence liu
                                                                                                      Under one hoof                                                                                      Glenda Chong,
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Jacelyntay turn dJs
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                                               Yong Cheng bagged honourable mentions                  saddling up for                                           While Hanna’s roles as the Horseman                                                                                                           conservative, you know
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                                               for three non-professional categories                  toy Factory’s Equus                                 and stable owner Harry dalton — for
                                               at the International Photography award                                                                                                                                                                                                                         aMIdsT a backdrop of decadence,
                                                                                                                                                          which he tapped into the “cavalier
                                               2011. Geylang serai’s redevelopment plans                                                                                                                                                                                                                      eroticism, perversion, fixation and
                                               were revealed, including a makeover of the
                                                                                                      ReHeaRsals often get frenetic a week                cowboy” feel of american actor Bill                                                                                                                 decapitation, salome showcases the
state OF the aRts: seven singapore                                                                    before a show starts, but australian actor          Murray and his own father — will have                                                                                                               most human of passions running
                                               Malay Village, which will house a heritage
artists were included in the nominations                                                              Walter Hanna has been horsing around in             speaking lines; playing Nugget will all be                                                                                                          amuck. add to that a striptease,
                                               gallery. elsewhere, the highly successful Man
for this year’s aPB Foundation signature
                                               singapore Theatre Festival came to a close             preparation for Toy Factory’s Equus.                about movement. “We didn’t go for a                                                                                                                 a sultry dance number and a
art Prize, which has expanded to more
                                               after drawing more than 13,000 people to its                Mind you, that’s in the 24-year-old’s          realistic portrayal but more a stylised look                                                                                                        severed head and well, you can
countries with the aim of making it the
                                               free and ticketed shows. The sold-out Cooling          job description these days, because one             into the horse’s energy,” he said.                                                                                                                  say this certainly is not The Lion
definitive contemporary art prize in the
                                               Off Day was so popular, the organisers had to                                                                                                                                                                                                                  King. However, the slO has pulled
asia-Pacific region. The affordable art                                                               of the characters he’ll be playing in Peter               The actor has gotten the thumbs up
                                               open up more seats. mayO maRtin                                                                                                                                                                                                                                it off by offering a very accessible
Fair singapore announced its return even                                                              shaffer’s 1973 dark psychodrama about a             from his director Rayann Condy. “I must                                                                                                             production. may seah
as long-time, home-grown aRTsingapore           For reviews of the plays at the Man Singapore         young man with a complex psychological              say he’s a pretty good horse! He’s done
decided to close shop after 10 years. after    Theatre Festival, visit our arts blog For Art’s Sake   fascination for horses is, in fact, a horse         a great job capturing the intensity of the                                                                                                              Visit www.todayonline.com for
grappling with funding problems, the Theatre      (http://blogs.todayonline.com/forartssake).
                                                                                                      named Nugget.                                       horse’s postures. and he looks pretty                                                                                                                      the full review of Salome.
                                                                                                           To research for his role, Hanna                good in his costume!” she said.
                                                                                                      visited the singapore Polo Club and the                   The 31-year-old Canada-born
                                                                                                      Bukit Timah saddle Club. “We were given             singapore permanent resident, who was
                                                                                                      free time to walk around the stables to             last seen performing in 881:The Musical,
                                                                                                      observe (the horses). I chose a chestnut            has slowly been shifting towards directing,
                                                                                                      horse and I would just sit there and                and Equus will be her “trial by fire”
                                                                                                      observe him. I was never really drawn               moment. “It’ll be one of those sink or
                                                                                                      to horses. I could trot but I could never           swim experiences,” she quipped.
                                                                                                      canter,” said the Perth-born actor who                    she added: “at the end of the day, it’s
                                                                                                      studied in lasalle College of the arts.             a piece about finding your passion. and          Glenda Chong                                                                       George Young
                                                                                                           “They’re majestic, beautiful and               one of the reasons it’s aged so well is that
                                                                                                      delicate at the same time,” he added.               it’s a contemporary issue — how do you          mediaCorp Radio’s lush                              butterflies when I go on air, especially when
                                                                                                                                                          balance work and play? What sacrifices do       99.5Fm offers familiar                              it’s a big show (like) National Day Parade
                                                                                                                                                          we make?”                                       names and a new template                            and the President’s Star Charity. (and) radio
                                                                                                                                                                as her biggest directorial project to     for its morning show                                is slightly different.You have to be a little
                                                                                                                                                          date, does she feel pressure in staging a                                                           bit more personal with your listeners —
                                                                                                                                                          show which was revived in West end back         You’ve seen her presenting on Channel               that’s what I understand from some of the
                                                                                                                                                          in 2007, with no less than Harry Potter’s       NewsAsia, as well as hosting shows like             dJs that I’ve talked to. and you actually
                                                                                                                                                          daniel Radcliffe playing the lead role?         the President’s Star Charity, but now Glenda        bare a little bit more about yourself.”
                                                                                                                                                                “I think very few people (here) have      Chong will be able to add “radio DJ” to                   according to Chang, the reason for
                                                                                                                                                          seen that production. But (having Radcliffe     her Cv.                                             this rotating roster of dJs was to offer
                                                                                                                                                          in that production) is a good entry point            Yes, the experienced news presenter            something unexpected for listeners. “I
                                                                                                                                                          for people and it’ll probably work in our       is going to be a DJ on MediaCorp Radio’s            chose these guests because they reflect
                                                                                                                                                          favour, putting a beautiful script to the       Lush 99.5FM station. Lush’s morning                 the myriad lifestyles and interests of lush
                                                                                                                                                          public’s collective consciousness,” she said.   show will see Joe Augustin anchoring                listeners, like looking and feeling good,
                                                                                                                                                                “‘The one where Harry Potter was          the new show with a different co-host               the latest tech gadgets, hot social issues,
                                                                                                                                                          naked’. It’s good marketing!” mayO maRtin       every weekday.                                      exciting travel destinations and fantastic
                                                                                                                                                                                                               Augustin and Chong will team up on             places to dine.You’ll learn something new,
                                                                                                                                                            Equus runs from Aug 25 to Sep 3, 8pm,         Mondays; while on Tuesdays, he’s with the           and something surprising every morning,”
                                                                                                                                Equus’ Walter Hanna       Drama Centre Theatre.With 3pm matinees          hottie flavour of the month and Million             she said.
                                                                                                                                gets some acting tips     on weekends and Aug 30.Tickets at S$38 to       Dollar Money Drop host George Young; he’ll                This exercise is part of lush’s revamp,
                                                                                                                              from his horse trainee.           S$58 from Sistic. Rating: R18.            spend Wednesdays with actress Jacelyn               which will kick off sept 1. and it’s not just
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                                                                                                                                                                                                          Tay; on Thursdays, he gets chummy with              the shows that will be changed. The music
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Georgina Chang; and on Fridays, it’s Chua           palette for the morning show, for example,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  enlai who’ll be shooting the breeze.        will be a “delightful mix” of commercial
                                                                                                                I was never really drawn to horses. I could trot                                                               While all the co-hosts         and indie tunes. “You’ll hear artistes like
                                                                                                                  but I could never canter ...They’re majestic,                                                              are familiar names on            Colbie Caillat, Owl City, Cee lo Green as
                                                                                                        he said
                                                                                                                   beautiful and delicate at the same time.                                                                    television, none of            well as Foster The People, death Cab For
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                them, save for Chang          Cutie, and Imogen Heap,” said Chang.
                                                                                                                                 Walter Hanna                                                                                    — the senior creative              But in case, you’re wondering — no,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 director for Lush and        Chang didn’t pick herself to co-host
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 987FM was a familiar         the morning show. It was Florence lian,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  voice in the ’90s           MediaCorp Radio’s managing director,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  on Perfect 10 —             who felt Chang ought to return to the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   have ever been             airwaves as she epitomised “the fabulous
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     a professional           and challenging lifestyle of the single,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     radio DJ.                modern career woman”, quipped Chang.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Which is            “Plus, I didn’t charge overtime for this.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    why Chong is                    as for CNa’s Chong, she’s going to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    understandably            let augustin take the lead. “He’s a veteran
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    anxious.                  — a very experienced dJ. I think what I’ll
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          “of course          bring to the show will be the topics and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I’m nervous!” said      the banter. I don’t know how the show
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      the Primetime Asia      will turn out.You’re just going to have to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       anchor. “I still get   wait and listen.” ChRistOpheR tOh
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Jacelyn Tay   Photos by Jason Ho

				
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