Special Feature: The Finger Players; > What They Do
Vision and aim
The main vision with which The Finger Players had set out with was to enhance children’s creativity, imagination and sensitivity towards puppetry. Through plays, it was hoped that the children’s knowledge and understanding of the rich cultures of the Asia-Pacific region would be broadened, as the content of the plays are based on stories, myths and legends of the region. At the same time, morals and lessons behind the stories are also passed on to the children.
The Finger Players aim to create original works too, which would reflect Singapore’s unique culture and society using a creative mix of traditional puppetry and comtemporary theatre techniques.
Since its founding in 1996, The Finger Players have been invited to perform at various puppetry festivals around the world. They have been invited to perform in Chunchon and Seoul in South Korea, Mistelbach in Austria, and Quanzhou in Fujian province of People’s Republic of China. The international tours that The Finger Players have done have allowed them to improve their own works, and at the same time, spreading their very own brand of puppetry and theatre. The prospects of building an Asian Children’s Theatre look good as increased international exposure and experience would establish them in the world of puppetry, both locally and internationally.
In the main season, the Finger Players prepare for plays to be put up throughout the year.
The Finger Players perform in schools, at childcare centres, in libraries, community clubs, and at the KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital twice a month ever since 1997. They also organise outreach activities for children at the Spastic Children’s Association School, the Singapore School for The Deaf, Touch Centre for Independent Living and Pertapis Children’s Home.