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Goldfish, GO FISH!

Written & Directed by:
Benjamin Ho

Date:
25 – 27 August 2011

Venue:
School of the Arts, Studio Theatre

Starring:
Goh Guat Kian, Renee Chua, Seng Soo Ming,
Deborah Hoon, Venthya Yashiantini

GOLDFISH, GO FIaSH! Poster

Synopsis

There was once an old lady who had a prized possession – a little goldfish.

One day, the old lady over heard that a “goldfish” could grow up to a few metres long. Thinking that the “goldfish” she heard was referring to the goldfish she had, the old lady started to pin high hopes and expectations for her goldfish that it too one day will grow to its fullest potential, so that she could be proud of it.

The old lady took great care and pride in providing for the goldfish; feeding it with the best, giving it the best living environment and went on to take extreme measures to make her goldfish grow. Little did the old lady realise that she had misheard and misunderstood; the “goldfish” she had heard was actually referring to a whale “鲸鱼” and not “金鱼” goldfish.

The little goldfish tried to explain to the old lady that it was not the “goldfish” that she thought it was, but the old lady could not understand what the goldfish was trying to say. Instead, the old lady grew impatient and frustrated when she saw that all her effort was going down the drain.

The little goldfish was pressured by the old lady with her constant pleas to grow bigger. Knowing that it would never be able to grow as big as what the old lady was hoping for, it decided to leave its fishbowl one day. The old lady finally came to understand what a fool she was to have misunderstood her goldfish and went in search for her goldfish to bring it back home.

Goldfish, GO FISH! – is a fun, quirky and thought-provoking puppetry performance by four puppeteers, which reflects the pressures and the expectations that children today are facing. The performance is delivered mainly visually with little texts through puppetry, music and movement.

Performed mainly in English with a mix of mandarin dialects & Malay

  • A daughter with an old mother looking through a glass at a gold fish puppet in Goldfish, Go Fish by Paper Monkey
  • A girl touching the hand of a seated old mother in Goldfish, Go Fish by Paper Monkey
  • A puppet gold fish holding a basket luggage in Goldfish, Go Fish by Paper Monkey
  • An old mother and girl seated on the stairs in Goldfish, Go Fish by Paper Monkey
  • An old mother on second floor with a girl near the stairs looking up at her in Goldfish, Go Fish by Paper Monkey
  • An old mother with thumbs up towards puppet gold fish in Goldfish, Go Fish by Paper Monkey
  • Backview of audience looking at stage of Goldfish, Go Fish by Paper Monkey
  • Close up of old phone gold fish tank and flask in Goldfish, Go Fish by Paper Monkey
  • Colourful gold fish lanterns in Goldfish, Go Fish by Paper Monkey
  • Daughter holding the belongings of mother tightly in Goldfish, Go Fish by Paper Monkey
  • Daughter reading a book in Goldfish, Go Fish by Paper Monkey
  • Four seated people ignoring old mother holding fish tank and basket in Goldfish, Go Fish by Paper Monkey
  • Four seated people looking at old mother holding a fish tank and basket in Goldfish, Go Fish by Paper Monkey
  • Gold fish puppet holding a luggage in Goldfish, Go Fish by Paper Monkey
  • Old mother holding a big fish bowl and a basket in Goldfish, Go Fish by Paper Monkey
  • Old mother playing toy piano to the puppet gold fish in Goldfish, Go Fish by Paper Monkey
  • Old mother with basket full of groceries and daughter both pointing at the gold fish puppet in Goldfish, Go Fish by Paper Monkey
  • Old mother with fish tank and basket trying to squeeze in between four seated people in Goldfish, Go Fish by Paper Monkey
  • Staging of Goldfish, Go Fish by Paper Monkey
  • Two headless puppet dolls with one holding a long stick in Goldfish, Go Fish by Paper Monkey
  • Two headless puppets facing each other in distress in Goldfish, Go Fish by Paper Monkey
  • Two headless puppets in a fish tank in Goldfish, Go Fish by Paper Monkey
  • Two headless puppets in fish tank with one holding a long stick in Goldfish, Go Fish by Paper Monkey

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