Asian Youth Theatre Festival 2020
Performance: The Miserable Line
What do you call a person who thinks he/she is always right, and any other opinion is wrong? If that person is your wife/husband/boy/girlfriend how do you deal with it? What is the relationship? Is it more important to be right?
Being right is so overrated, especially when it comes at the expense of basic human kindnesses. Where's the fun in that? Where's the love in that? There are so many healthier choices we can make than needing to be right. Let's start making them!
When we find our minds locked into the need to be right -- whether in an argument, a discussion or a casual conversation. The Miserable Line is a story about a family that can’t connect to each other. Most couples have not had hundreds of arguments; they've had the same argument hundreds of times.
A daughter gets too much pain from her parents. She had a mom who was always right and a super father that was always drunk. Family problems come in all shapes and sizes; some are short-lived and easily managed, while others are more chronic and difficult to handle. The story also shows that during arguments, being drunk is not a good solution for relationships. Being right or wrong is not as important as being humane.
Workshop: Connecting Humanity
We all know that comforting feeling when we are being physically embraced feeling heard, emotionally understood and supported by another human being. That warm feeling of human connection is so important in maintaining our overall emotional and physical health.
Soung Sopheak speaking at an online Dialogue Session as part of the Asian Youth Theatre Festival 2020. He shares the Cambodian arts industry's response to the Covid-19 Pandemic and National Lockdown. (Phnom Penh, November 2020)
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Asian Youth Theatre Festival 2019
Performance: Tiin Tiin…Goodbye Forest & Hello New World (ទ្រីនៗលាព្រៃ)
A tree, Tiin Tiin, details their 30 years of life and how they take on an adventure after being cut down. Starry-eyed, Tiin Tiin leaves the forest to fulfil their destiny and travel the world. But alas, the 30-year-old tree gets a rude awakening once they reach “Dream land”. Tiin Tiin is made into human furniture, and they didn’t understand why they’re being treated as such. Only a tiny piece of them is spared as it floats through Mekong River back to its forest, where everything is different...
Workshop: Theatre and Environment
Our environment is everything that is around us. It can be living or non-living; physical or chemical. As living things, we constantly interact with our environment and adapt to its conditions. Once we begin to look for a way to connect to the environment, we can’t stop seeing environmental issues in everything. In this workshop participants will examine the relationship theatre has with the environment and how the two are ultimately inseparable.