The biannual Arts in Your Neighbourhood is back again! With more than 40 arts activities happening in 17 locations across the island, you can find endless fun and free activities for families across the island from 9 to 26 Nov 2017. In the previous instalment of AYN, the boys had a whale of time at Bedok Town Square catching A Dragon Behind the Door & More and crafting at the free art booths.
This time round, we were back again at Bedok Town Square for another theatrical performance, Maxx The Cat by The Finger Players.
Maxx The Cat is a theatrical puppet show following a whimsical journey by a young girl Sam and her adopted cat Maxx. The production aimed to introduce the public to the art of puppetry through a light-hearted show that is easy to follow even for young children. Before the start of the show, we each received a finger puppet of Maxx which gave us the chance to engage in our own puppet play while waiting for the show to start.
As Sam and Maxx travelled through various scenes, they encountered different characters such as a jelly fish, a crab and a dragon. These characters were constructed using different forms of puppetry. Prior to watching the show, I always imagined puppets to be dolls tied up to strings and rods. You know… like Pinocchio? But through the show, I realised puppetry was so much more creative than that. For e.g. they used a food cover to create the jelly fish, opening and closing it to simulate the movement of a jelly fish – which I thought was pretty cool!
At the end of the show, the cast gave a short introduction to the various forms of puppetry, and brought Maxx down to interact with the audience. If you want to learn more about puppetry, hop down to Ang Mo Kio Central Stage on 18 Nov 2017 (Saturday) at 2pm or 5pm to catch Maxx The Cat, commissioned specially for Arts in Your Neighbourhood!
The Finger Players is one of Singapore’s leading theatre companies known for its signature style of puppetry both locally and internationally. They have won numerous awards such as the President’s Design Award 2007 and multiple Life! Theatre Awards.
If you enjoyed Maxx The Cat, or would like to be further immersed in the art of puppetry, do check out other upcoming performances by The Finger Players!
Besides watching shows put up by renowned art groups in Singapore, another reason we love Arts in Your Neighbourhood events is how they try to engage the public with fringe activities which include crafting booths and interactive art works. When we were at Bedok Town Square last Saturday morning, there were three crafting stations set up. Craft kits were provided freely for the public, and tables and chairs with crafting materials were available.
We made our own bauble dolls:
And there were cardboard animals for us to doodle on:
If you missed the fringe activities at Bedok Town Square last weekend, don’t worry. You can find them over the coming weekends at:
- Toa Payoh HDB Hub Atrium, 18 & 19 Nov, 2pm – 5pm
- Our Tampines Hub (Festive Plaza), 25 & 26 Nov, 3pm – 6pm
Arts in Your Neighbourhood is a biannual event by National Arts Council that brings vibrant and interactive arts experiences right to our doorstep! With more than 40 arts activities happening in 17 locations across the island, keep your eyes peeled for endless fun and free activities for families across the island from 9 to 26 Nov 2017!