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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.

Our theatre should aspire to objectively critique life, respectfully entertain audiences, and forever explore new uncharted territories. Based on this basic consensus, we shall debate among ourselves vigorously as we support each other loyally.

Kuo Pao Kun | Co-Founder