Frankie, alongside Jeff Cheong, creator of the Singaporean of the Day project, and Shannon Heo, a vet and charity runner, has been featured in today’s edition of TODAY. Please click on the link to check it out:
The second leg of the ASEAN Puppetry Exchange (APEX) trip was in Vientiane, Laos. This was an interesting (and tiring) trip as Frankie had the task of training 15 adults and youths from the Vulnerable Youth Development Association’s Jampalao puppet troupe. He conducted a five-day puppet-making and performance workshop, culminating in a puppet performance of the classic Lao text, Sinxai, by the group. The enthusiastic group made 6 brand new puppets, rehearsed and staged the performance within the short time frame, which was no small feat, to say the least.
Frankie also performed in three schools: the Udom Phon Primary School (20th April), Xai Settha Secondary School (23rd April) and Tha Ngon Village Primary School (25th April). The open-air shows were warmly-received by the crowds amidst the hot weather, many of whom have never seen a string puppet before. Frankie had to improvise when some of the venues didn’t have amplification/electricity, but it was well worth the effort to share his craft with his new friends.
Frankie had a great time during his trip to Vietnam and Laos. We’ll post the highlights separately, so here’s the first update regarding his time in Hanoi, Vietnam:
Frankie held two separate public performances of ‘Streets of Singapore’: one at the Vietnam Puppetry Theatre, the best -known theatre for the puppetry arts in Vietnam, and another performance at the Ha Noi International School. The shows were very well-received, and the warm Vietnamese audience made him feel at home. Vietnam has a strong tradition in the puppetry arts and the team had a great time interacting with many members of the audience after the show.
Frankie will be showcasing his work at the 15th Istanbul International Puppet Festival from 5 – 13 May 2012, alongside master artists like Scott Land (USA), Walter Broggini (Italy), Titeres Cachirulo (Spain), Rue Barree (France) and Turkish puppetry legend, Cengiz Ozek. He’s all packed up and ready to do, and is excited about presenting his work at two separate performances of his award-winning puppetry show, Streets of Singapore, at the Festival: on 7 May, 7.30pm and 12 May, 12pm.
Turkey has a rich heritage in the puppetry arts and we are honored to be the only performing group from Southeast Asia/ASEAN at this international Festival. You can find out more about the Festival at http://www.kuklaistanbul.org/en/.
This trip is presented with the kind support of the National Arts Council (Singapore), Singapore International Foundation and Lee Foundation Singapore.
Frankie will be leaving for Vietnam and Laos this week for the first-ever APEX-Asia Puppetry Exchange in Vietnam and Laos. This brand-new initiative to foster artistic exchange and friendship will see Frankie presenting two showcase performances in Hanoi with the support of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Vietnam. He will also meet with key artists from Hanoi to discuss opportunities for artistic exchange and collaborations.
Hi folks, we’ve just received notification that Witz has been nominated for Best Preschool Education Programme in the Asian Television Awards 2011!
The Asian Television Awards is Asian TV industry’s most significant and celebrated event, recognizing excellence in programming, production and performance. Determined by an expert panel of over 50 judges from across the region, the results are tabulated and audited by international auditing firm PriceWaterhouseCoopers, with the winners only announced during the Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner in December.
Frankie and the team at Mascots and Puppets Specialists collaborated with esteemed production house Oak3 Films for this series which was screened on MediaCorp TV’s OKTO Channel. We created and performed with the numerous mascots and puppets featured in the show.
The results will be unveiled at the Asian Television Awards 2011 Gala Dinner & Awards Ceremony on 8 December 2011 at the Shangri-La Hotel in Singapore, so keep your fingers crossed!
UPDATE (22 DEC 2011): The award for Best Preschool Education Programme went to Win Sing Company’s Doby & Disy, which was broadcast on Hunan Broadcasting System, Aniworld TV, China. Nonetheless, we are honored that Witz got nominated! Congratulations to Doby & Disy!
In collaboration with Blue River Pictures, we produced the puppet characters for the TV series “Karka Tamil , Let’s Learn Tamil”. This is a children’s programme that is more than alphabets and words. A puppet show that will entertain and teach the nuances of Tamil language through skits, songs and animation. It will also help every child develop cognitive, social, and emotional skills that are essential for school readiness and social interaction.
The show encompasses colourful sets, cool music, unique sound effects, engaging Puppets’ design and quality animation. It will also be engaging and fun for parents to watch along too.
Frankie built some marionettes for acclaimed ventriloquist Wanlu, who is based in the Philippines. We’re glad that he has since used these very puppets in his performances, including special performances at this orphanage. This photo is courtesy of Wanlu’s “Lunaria Brothers Marionette Show”, performed by his sons Martin and Ivan.
Frankie and Michael giving a step-by-step guide on how to make a spoon and scarf puppet. This programme aims to give parents and kids an opportunity to bond, while they watch, learn and create the puppets together. It was broadcasted on channel 8 TV programme “Good Morning Singapore!” on 5th and 6th Sep 2011.