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Milestones

1965

  • Singapore Performing Arts School (SPAS) was co-founded by Goh Lay Kuan and Kuo Pao Kun. The school was located on the 7th floor of a building at Clemenceau Ave.
  • Commencement of the first ballet course taught by Goh Lay Kuan.

1966

  • SPAS moved to 12, Sommerville Walk. Commencement of the first drama course taught by Kuo Pao Kun.
  • Commencement of the first ethnic dance course taught by Gan Beng Lee.

1969

  • SPAS’s experimental performance, The Struggle, was banned and replaced with a poetry recital and skit.

 


 

1971

  • Commencement of the first stage design course taught by Kuo Pao Kun and Chew Swee Fah.
  • SPAS formed the Art Ensemble.

1972

  • Art Ensemble went independent and formed the Southern Arts Society.
  • Launch of a large scale campaign: Experience Life.
  • Commencement of music courses (piano, accordion and composition) taught by Chew Seok Kwee and Ng Lay Hoon.

1973

  • SPAS was renamed Practice Theatre School (PTS).

1974

  • The first group of full-time dance students, who received professional training, graduated from PTS.

1976

  • Kuo Pao Kun was arrested under the Internal Security Act.

 


 

1980

  • Kuo Pao Kun was released and returned to theatre.

1982

  • Collaboration with 14 Chinese theatre groups in The White Sailing Boat for Singapore Arts Festival, written and directed by Kuo Pao Kun.

1983

  • Commencement of the first directing workshop.
  • The inaugural Chinese Theatre Camp held.

1984

  • PTS was renamed Practice Performing Arts School (PPAS).

1985

  • Premiere of The Coffin is Too Big for the Hole, written and directed by Kuo Pao Kun.

1986

  • PPAS formed The Practice Theatre Ensemble (PTE).
  • First public performance by PTE - Fire Raisers by Max Frisch, translated and directed by Kuo Pao Kun. 

1988

  • PPAS was officially registered as Practice Performing Arts Centre Ltd (PPACL) which included two divisions: PPAS and PTE.
  • PPACL moved to Stamford Arts Centre at 155 Waterloo Street.
  • Staging of Singapore’s first full-length modern dance, Nu Wa - Mender of the Heavens, choreographed by Goh Lay Kuan.
  • Goh Lay Kuan created Play-In-Arts programme for children between 3 and 6 years old.

 


 

1994

  • PPACL launched the Student Theatre Exposure Project (STEP).

1995

  • Premiere of The Descendants of the Eunuch Admiral, written and directed by Kuo Pao Kun.

1996

  • PPACL formed The Finger Players.

1997

  • PTE was renamed The Theatre Practice (TTP).

1998

  • Premiere of The Spirits Play, written by Kuo Pao Kun and directed by Stan Lai.

1999

  • The Finger Players delinked from PPACL.

 


 

2000

  • PPACL established the Theatre Training and Research Programme (TTRP).

2002

  • Kuo Pao Kun’s passing.
  • Wu Xi and Kuo Jian Hong became Co-Artistic Directors.
  • Works for Pao Kun - Legend Alive presented in memory of Kuo Pao Kun.

2003

  • The inaugural Kuo Pao Kun Festival.

2004

  • Presented Legend Alive.

2005

  • Premiere of Lao Jiu: The Musical, adapted by Wu Xi & Zhang Xian, music by Jonathan Price, lyrics by Xiaohan, Wu Xi & Yang Qian and directed by Kuo Jian Hong.

2006

  • Kuo Jian Hong became Artistic Director.

2007

  • Premiere of "If There’re Seasons…", written by Raymond To, music & lyrics by Liang Wern Fook and directed by Kuo Jian Hong.

 


 

2010

  • TTRP delinked from PPACL.
  • PPAS and TTP consolidated as The Theatre Practice (TTP).

2011

  • Presented the inaugural Chinese Theatre Festival.

2012

  • Presented Kuo Pao Kun Festival 2012 – In Search of Kuo Pao Kun.

2013

  • The Practice Lab formed.

2015

  • Premiere of TTP’s first wuxia production, Legends of the Southern Arch, written by Liu Xiaoyi and directed by Kuo Jian Hong.

Art originates from life. Theatre is like a mirror that reflects the people and happenings in life from a different perspective, encouraging us to look within ourselves and to observe the ways of others.

Kuo Jian Hong | Artistic Director