Singapore stories as you have never experienced before
Luscious soundscapes, captivating animation and interactive play — these sensorial elements aim to offer audiences a new, digital experience that celebrates Singapore literature by six writers.
The digital adaptation project, little red comma, invites audiences to embark on a unique storytelling experience that melds the literary arts with new media, from digital illustrations and ambient sound to audio recordings by Singaporean actors and voice talents.
The project features six diverse literary works by writers Arthur Yap, Latha, Melissa De Silva, Mohamed Latiff Mohamed, Samuel Lee and Yeng Pway Ngon. Commissioned by the National Arts Council, the digital adaptations are produced by digital publisher Tusitala and presented by Esplanade Offstage as part of the #SGCultureAnywhere campaign.
A new story is released every fortnight until 6 Nov on Esplanade Offstage, an online portal and behind-the-scenes guide to the performing arts at the Esplanade, and there is something for everyone.
Here are three stories not to be missed on little red comma.
If you have ever been caught in a dilemma
Explore the story Kavadi, an excerpt from The Goddess in the Living Room by award-winning author Latha, a founding director of the Poetry Festival (Singapore). Translated from Tamil to English, the excerpt centres on the protagonist Alyssa’s dilemma when her ailing grandmother requested to perform the Hindu ceremonial ritual Kavadi during Thaipusam, a thanksgiving festival that pays tribute to Lord Murugan, the Hindu deity representing virtue, youth and power. Check out the interactive story, Kavadi here.
If you want something soothing
A short story by Cultural Medallion recipient Yeng Pway Ngon, The Ant and His Ocean narrates what happens when an ant stumbles upon a coin-sized puddle. The simple story, which has been translated from Chinese to English, is paired with adorable illustrations and soft ambient music. Check out the inspiring story, The Ant and His Ocean here.
If you have always wanted to learn a new language
The Gift is a non-fiction work by writer Melissa de Silva. It traces her journey of discovering her Eurasian heritage and culture as she learns Kristang, a language spoken by Eurasians of Portuguese descent, to bring comfort to her ailing Eurasian grandmother. Check out the interactive piece, The Gift here.
(Images: Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay)