The Theatre of Others Podcast

TOO Episode 78: Audio New Play Festival, Rachel Chin's GALATEA

September 13, 2021 Rachel Chin Season 2 Episode 78
The Theatre of Others Podcast
TOO Episode 78: Audio New Play Festival, Rachel Chin's GALATEA
Show Notes

It won't happen again. 

I love you

I'm trying to do

what's best for you

 

Galatea - a statue, an ideal, an object of love. 

When the sculptor Pygmalion’s creation is brought to life by the Goddess Aphrodite, Happily Ever After seems an inevitability. Love is an enchantment; all are blinded by its glamour. 

But who decides what happily ever after looks like…

Where lies the distinction between Love and Possession… 

Can one exist without the other?

 

Creative Team

Playwright: Rachel Chin

Director: Crenshaw Yeo

Recording Engineer: Joel Chua

Sound Designer & Composer:  Jack Burmeister

 

Cast

Galatea: Rachel Chin

Pygmalion: Ryan Ang

Man: Crenshaw Yeo

Woman / Statue: Sarah Liwen Smith

Jiang: Joel Chua

Aphrodite: Rachel Chin & Sarah Liwen Smith

 

Special thanks to Jon Cancio and Tushar Ismail

 


PLAYWRIGHT’S BIOGRAPHY

Rachel Chin is a Malaysian-born actor-playwright based in Singapore and a member of the Playwright’s Commune.

Her writing credits include: In Sickness, Expats Anonymous (Produced and Developed with the Yale Cabaret - Cab 53); the Otters United Funny Club (stage and online); the Sony Play everything Show (Playstation Asia); Yeye (LASALLE College of the Arts); and Mama Says Don’t Talk Back (LASALLE Solo Festival). She is a graduate of the BA (Hons) Acting program at LASALLE College of the Arts and has been mentored by Aubrey Mellor OAM, Haresh Sharma, Chong Tze Chien among others.

Instagram: @Rachelchinmy

 

 

WRITER’S NOTE

Galatea was born from a need to address trauma.

Prior to 2018, I was not aware of the term “Gaslighting,” even though I had lived through it for a year. At the time, I thought an abusive relationship was one that involved physical violence, and anything short of that was just a personality quirk that “love” would conquer. 

Without the words to define my experience, I wasn’t able to fully process what I was going through. It wasn’t until I met other people who recognized and identified with my situation - and held no judgment - that something clicked, and I felt empowered to leave.

Ultimately, that is what Galatea is about. 

It is my way of helping those in similar circumstances to feel seen and to feel sane, my way of engaging other survivors of traumatic relationships.

Galatea is a humble prayer for empowerment, catharsis, and healing - and that wherever you are, you feel safe.

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