Listen: this mini audio drama explores loss and disorientation amid Covid-19

  • Arts
  • Wednesday, 24 Feb 2021

Hana says 'Big Girl Little Girl' tries to capture that sense of inward, isolated reflection. Photo: Hana Nadira

Have you ever wondered what goes on in another person’s mind?

Then find a quiet room, turn off the lights, put on your headphones and immerse yourself in an intimate online aural theatre experience.

Big Girl Little Girl, presented by theatre collective Panas Panas Theatre, is a mini audio drama that explores the sense of loss and disorientation in these uncertain times.

Directed by the company’s co-founder Hana Nadira and performed by theatre actor Sandee Chew, Big Girl Little Girl is currently available on Panas Panas Theatre’s website and Facebook and Instagram pages until tomorrow (Feb 25) for free.

“I think the pandemic has given a lot of people time to reflect, or be forced to confront the situation they’re in. This piece tries to capture that sense of inward, isolated reflection, ” offers Hana, 34, an alumni of Theatresauce’s Emerging Directors Lab.

“But it is also about reconnecting, and attempts to move forward by looking at and accepting the past and present, ” she adds.

Big Girl Little Girl revolves around a woman who reaches out to her younger self - the girl who grew up with the promise of Wawasan 2020 - in an attempt to find her place and voice in this pandemic.

“It’s a great way to connect in this age of isolation. Just to hear another person’s thoughts and how they’re dealing with themselves in this pandemic. Even though the experience is obviously different for everyone it may be worth the attempt to reach out regardless, ” says Hana.

Big Girl Little Girl was created through a series of conversations, reflections and explorations over Zoom. The project began at the end of November and was completed in December.

Hana shares that this project is an offshoot from another project supported by the Cultural Economy Development Agency’s (Cendana) Create Now Funding Programme.

“We’re still not sure if Big Girl Little Girl will develop into a series, or even something else. At the moment, we’re just excited to share this version, to put it out into the world and see how people respond," she concludes.

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