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Not Just At Bedtime: Stories for Secondary School Children

A folktale from West Africa for Secondary school level

Year: 2021, 172 mins
Code: RJ-SecondPt9

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A series of stories for secondary school children:

The Fourth Question
3 Tales of Nasruddin
The Thieving Monks! 
Aren’t We All Human Beings?
To Build a Fence
The Blind Man & the Hunter
Tongue Meat
Jewels Under the Saddle
Water, Not Wine
Six Blind Men & One Elephant
Stories We Tell Ourselves
Climbing the Mountain (with Gophi Nathan) 

I am a Merdeka-generation Singaporean (born here to British parents) who grew up in UK before returning to teach drama (1978).  I discovered storytelling (1998) after careers as a teacher and theatre practitioner (ST*ARS, Hi! Theatre), so I incorporate dramatic elements (physical/vocal characterisation, mime and comic improvisation) into my telling.  What I love about storytelling (unlike theatre) is that I look directly into the eyes of my audience, performing in the same shared space/light.

Highlights of my storytelling life? Winning Best Storyteller Award (2013, Kanoon Int’l Story Festival, Iran) founding Singapore’s 398.2 Storytelling Festival (2015); co-founding FEAST (Federation of Asian Storytellers); and performing in festivals (Bahrain, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Malaysia and Thailand.) Being described as the ‘affable patriarch’ of Singapore storytelling by the National Storytelling Network (USA)!

I am particularly fond of value or wisdom tales – hence my two resource books, Stories for Values Education (Juniors and Teens), created to help schools tackle character education.

I enjoy working with puppets and telling in tandem (ie with a partner). With Gophi Nathan, who is hearing-impaired, I share stories told with sign language as I believe in promoting access (I am a trained audio-describer for the blind). Scripting a bi-lingual telling (in sign or with a mother-tongue partner) allows me to re-visit my theatrical roots!

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