The Toad Who Brought the Rain - an interactive inclusive theatre workshop

In line with the conference theme of ‘Rethinking play and learning: Creating Joyful experiences’, Jeffrey Tan, an experienced theatre director and drama educator, will share a practical intergenerational theatre workshop on working with a Vietnamese folktale.

This workshop was first created under a residency at Lion Befrienders Clementi and presented at the Asian Festival for Children’s Content (AFCC 2023). This revised intergenerational theatre workshop has been adapted for early childhood teachers to introduce the Vietnamese tale to their children.

The children will be invited to use their imagination and creativity, to discover the various characters and locations in the Vietnamese folk tale. The children will learn to stretch their imagination to bring the characters (.e. toad, tiger, bear, bee, heavenly father, Thunder God, just to name a few) alive!  The children will also learn not to judge a persons’ character from their outward appearance.  i.e. the toad.  Using various drama techniques, i.e. Tableau, Conscience Alley and others, the children will also learn about different points of views and learn to make informed decisions. 

Intergenerational theatre offers numerous learning opportunities for all involved, to rethink about play and learning in context!  Learning while having fun!

    Target Audience: Educators/ Practitioners



    Mr Jeffrey Tan 

    Jeffrey Tan

    Jeffrey is a theatre director, drama educator and creative producer since 1997.  He holds a BA (Drama) from the Queensland University of Technology, QUT (Australia) and MA (Drama and Theatre Education) from the University of Warwick (United Kingdom).  

    In 2016, Jeffrey started Theatre Today, to bring freelancers together for theatre and arts projects.  In 2023, Jeffrey completed a five-months Artist Residency at Lion Befrienders Clementi.  He also conceptualized and produced Inspirations, a series of arts and wellness programmes at UOB hangout spaces at Singapore Poly and Ngee Ann Poly.  In 2022, Jeffrey conceptualized ArtsXplore 2.0, a five-month mentorship programme organised by National Arts Council, National Youth Council and Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth.  

    Jeffrey is also a Part-time Lecturer for ‘Theatre and Community Engagement’ (National University of Singapore), ‘Stage Management’ (Ngee Ann Polytechnic) and ‘Community Arts’ and Global Arts Perspectives’ (Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts) (NAFA).  

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