An Afternoon of Translation & Transcreation

Sat Sep 23 2023 at 02:30 pm to 06:00 pm

Singapore Book Council | Singapore

Singapore Book Council
Publisher/HostSingapore Book Council
A sharing by Big and Thomas H. Pruiksma on making works more accessible to current-day audiences through translations and transcreations.
About this Event
Programme Description

Join us for a translation-filled afternoon as we hear from two creators working in two different genres: Big, a playwright known for his transcreations of plays such as Clockwork Orange and Thomas Hitoshi Pruiksma, who has translated from classical Tamil. Find out how through their translations and transcreations, they allow their choice work to be more accessible to the current-day audience.

This programme is presented in collaboration with Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay (Singapore).

Programme Details:

Free with registration

Date: 23 September 2023, Saturday
Time: 2.30 - 6.00 pm
Venue: Esplanade Studio 219 (Esplanade Mall, #02-19)
8 Raffles Ave, Singapore 039802

Simple refreshments will be provided.

About Speakers

Zulfadli Rashid is a multi-hyphenated playwright; proficient in both English and Malay language. He is an Associate Artist with Teater Ekamatra and is also a founding member of the playwriting collective, Main Tulis Group. His notable plays include the award-nominated musical  Alkesah, A Clockwork Orange (a Malay-language stage adaptation of the Anthony Burgess’ work), Harap (an adaptation from Haresh Sharma's  Hope),  The Chronicles of One and Zero: Kancil , and Balik.  His most recent transcreation of Chong Tze Chien’s Poop! into Berak concluded its run at the Esplanade Theatre Studios to warm reviews. Zulfadli looks forward to collaborate with artistes across disciplines, languages, cultures, and nationalities; creating art that will entertain, enlighten, and inspire.

Thomas Hitoshi Pruiksma is an author, translator, teacher, and performer. His translation of the classical Tamil masterpiece on ethics, power, and love, The Kural: Tiruvalluvar’s Tirukkural, was recently published by Beacon Press. Other books include The Safety of Edges (poems), Give, Eat, and Live: Poems of Avvaiyar (translated from the Tamil) and Body and Earth (with the artist C.F. John). He speaks and performs widely, teaches for the Cozy Grammar series of online video courses, and has received grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, 4Culture, Artist Trust, and the U. S. Fulbright Program.


The programme can be cancelled or postponed two weeks before the date if the minimum number of participants is not met.

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Event Venue & Nearby Stays

Singapore Book Council, Goodman Arts Centre, 90 Goodman Road, Block E, #03-32, Singapore, Singapore


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