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Artist's Talk: The Optic Trilogy, A Play Reading

Date : 20 Oct 2019

Time : 10.30 - 11.30

Where : BACC, Room 401

Duration : 1h 30min

Representing : Singapore, Thailand and Philippines



Alfian Sa’at (playwright)

Bhanbhassa Dhuptien (director)

Aim Thavornsiri (actor)

Ness Roque (actor)

Moderator: Jaa Phantachat

Meet the artists behind BIPAM’s original collaboration and find out about the creative process of the stage reading of “The Optic Trilogy”. Explore how cross-culture collaboration works with artists from each country doing various aspects of a play, what discoveries were made by the participants, and how the contexts and backgrounds affect the conception and perception of the piece from the audience’s point of view.



Alfian Sa’at (ผู้เขียนบท)

พันพัสสา ธูปเทียน (ผู้กำกับ)

Aim Thavornsiri (นักแสดงจาก)

Ness Roque (นักแสดงจาก)

Moderator: จารุนันท์ พันธชาติ

อีกหนึ่งการแสดงที่เป็น original collaboration ริเริ่มโดย BIPAM ชวนคุยกับศิลปินถึงกระบวนการสร้างงาน “Stage Reading” หนึ่งในการแสดง Showcase ของ BIPAM โดยเน้นประเด็นการทำงานข้ามวัฒนธรรมโดยที่มีบทจากชาติหนึ่ง ผ่านสายตาผู้กำกับและนักแสดงอีกชาติหนึ่ง ระหว่างกระบวนการการทำงานนี้ทำให้ศิลปินได้พบอะไร มุมมองจากบริบททางสังคมและภูมิหลังที่แตกต่างของทั้งผู้กำกับ ผู้เขียนบท และนักแสดง จะสรรค์สร้างงานออกมาลักษณะไหน และคนดูจะได้เห็นอะไร


About the Speakers

Alfian Sa’at - Playwright

is the Resident Playwright of Wild Rice. He has been nominated 11 times for Best Original Script at the Life! Theatre Awards, eventually winning in 2005 for Landmarks, in 2010 for Nadirah, in 2013 for Kakak Kau Punya Laki (Your Sister's Husband) and in 2016 for Hotel (with Marcia Vanderstraaten). In 2011, Alfian was awarded the Boh-Cameronian Award in Malaysia for Best Book and Lyrics for the musical The Secret Life of Nora. In 2013, he won the Boh-Cameronian Award for Best Original Script for the play Parah.

In 2001, Alfian won the Golden Point Award for Poetry as well as the National Arts Council Young Artist Award for Literature. He has also been nominated for the Singapore Literature Prize three times, for Corridor (1999, Commendation Prize), A History of Amnesia (2004) and his Malay to English translation of the novel The Widower (2016).

Bhanbhassa Dhubthien - Director

holds a Ph.D. in Dance from the Faculty of Fine Arts, Chulalongkorn University, and a Master's degree in Directing from The Actors Studio Drama School, New York - the only Thai ever to be a member of the Actors Studio, whose prestigious members include the likes of Marilyn Monroe, Paul Newman, Jack Nicholson, Julia Roberts, and Al Pacino. She has both domestic and international experience directing plays performed off-Broadway, at the New York Fringe Festival, and in Greece, Sweden and Singapore.

In Thailand, Bhanbhassa has directed a diverse range of plays, some of which have earned her awards from the International Association of Theatre Critics Thailand (IATC) for Best Play and Best Direction. Her most recent works include "Rx3" and "Many Lives, the Concept Musical".

She is currently a professor in the Department of Dramatic Arts, Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University.

Ness Roque - Actor

is a theater and film actor, performance-maker, dramaturg, and educator based in Quezon City, Philippines. She is a co-founder of ProdJx Artist Community, a collective of artists and researchers using art and science for community-based education and development with ongoing projects in rural areas in the Philippines, Indonesia, and Thailand. Ness was a core member of Manila-based contemporary performance collective, Sipat Lawin Ensemble from 2009 to 2018. She co-curated the Idea Exchange Platform of Karnabal Festival 2016, a festival that supports the development of new devised-works in the Philippines. Ness recently received an Honorable Mention-Elliott Hayes Award for Outstanding Dramaturgy 2018 from the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas (LMDA) for her essay on Sipat Lawin’s Gobyerno. She was also a fellow of the recently concluded Next Generation: Producing Performing Arts 2018 by the Japan Foundation Asia Center.

Jarunun (Jaa) Phantachat - Moderator

is Co-Artistic Director and Founder of B-Floor Theatre; a social concerned and movement-based theatre group in Bangkok. Jarunun is a Thai contemporary awarding theatre director who interested in playing games with her audiences.

In 2009, she started creating shows for which audience couldn’t only sit as spectators but also became the writer, and player themselves. Most of her works give authority and power back to audience. In 2016, she won Best Direction of a Play/Performance/Musical from her experimental performance called “Test of Endurance”. The show gave full power to audience from deciding their own ticket price to how long the show should go on before ending.

In 2017, she co-founded Collective Thai Scripts, a group that collects contemporary Thai scripts and selects some of them for translation into English language to be published.

She is also co-founder of Take Off, a performing artist loan fund, run by artists and for artists. Currently she is an artistic board member of Bangkok International Performing Arts Meeting.


Venue Information

Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC)

Opposite MBK and Siam Discovery, Rama I Rd.

Nearest station:

BTS National Stadium, Exit 3


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