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A non-exhaustive list of links to news media coverage, social media posts and blog posts from Singapore, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, New Zealand and Canberra on award-winning artist Oliver Chong and his works from 2012 to present.

Singapore

2021

STICKS AND STRINGS WILL MAKE MY BONES | Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, Singapore | An interview with Puppet Maker Oliver Chong on bringing a giant puppet to life in Rattle King at Esplanade’s March On Festival 

 

Theatre review: Citizen X excavates the new Chinese migrant experience | The Straits Times | Review of Citizen X produced by The Finger Players at Esplanade’s Huayi – Chinese Festival of Arts, directed and designed by Oliver Chong

 

照见自己—— 观《大国民》 | 剧读 thea.preter | Review of Citizen X produced by The Finger Players at Esplanade’s Huayi – Chinese Festival of Arts, directed and designed by Oliver Chong

 

Huayi festival: Cancelled due to Covid-19, Citizen X marks the spot once more | The Straits Times | Story coverage of upcoming theatrical production Citizen X produced by The Finger Players at Esplanade’s Huayi – Chinese Festival of Arts, directed and designed by Oliver Chong

 

X marks a return to the past | The Straits Times | Story coverage of upcoming theatrical production Citizen X produced by The Finger Players at Esplanade’s Huayi – Chinese Festival of Arts, directed and designed by Oliver Chong

 

Show of hope in a pandemic: Citizen X: Best friends’ collaborative work explores themes of identity and citizenship | The Straits Times | Story coverage of upcoming theatrical production Citizen X produced by The Finger Players at Esplanade’s Huayi – Chinese Festival of Arts, directed and designed by Oliver Chong

 

The Esplanade’s Huayi festival goes hybrid with six new commissions | The Straits Times | Story coverage of upcoming theatrical production Citizen X produced by The Finger Players at Esplanade’s Huayi – Chinese Festival of Arts, directed and designed by Oliver Chong

2020

十指帮《大国民》 刻画移民挣扎 | 早报 | Preview and story coverage of Citizen X, designed and directed by Oliver Chong

 

(Episode 1) What’s in a Scene – 《大狗民》Citizen Dog by The Finger Players | Arts Equator | An interview with Liu Xiaoyi and Oliver Chong on unpacking a scene from Citizen Dog, co-written, designed and directed by Oliver Chong and talk about the set design, costume design and more.

 

Covid-19 has cost the Singapore arts scene at least $2.6 million in box office and counting | The Straits Times | Cancellation of theatrical production Citizen X produced by The Finger Players at Drama Centre Black Box, directed and designed by Oliver Chong, due to Covid-19 and its cost

 

How I Became An Award-winning Theatre Director, Playwright, Actor and Designer | LUCK-IT | An interview with Oliver Chong

 

The Straits Times Life Theatre Awards 2020: First-timers steal the show | The Straits Times | Winner of Best Actor for A Fiend’s Diary, written, directed, designed and solo-performed by Oliver Chong

 

Contemplating Kopitiam and Kampong Wa’ Hassan: A Review | The Popspoken Team | Review of Contemplating Kopitiam and Kampong Wa’ Hassan by Oliver Chong & Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts at M1 Singapore Fringe Festival 2020, text arranged, designed and directed by Oliver Chong

 

“Contemplating Kopitiam and Kampong Wa’ Hassan” review: the nostalgia-ridden youth | HAVE SOME PATTY | Review of Contemplating Kopitiam and Kampong Wa’ Hassan by Oliver Chong & Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts at M1 Singapore Fringe Festival 2020, text arranged, designed and directed by Oliver Chong

 

Review: Contemplating Kopitiam and Kampong Wa’Hassan by Oliver Chong and NAFA (M1 Singapore Fringe Festival 2020) | Bakchormeeboy | Review of Contemplating Kopitiam and Kampong Wa’ Hassan by Oliver Chong & Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts at M1 Singapore Fringe Festival 2020, text arranged, designed and directed by Oliver Chong

 

当恶魔走向刑场——我看十指帮钟达成 《恶魔日记》 | 新加坡宗乡会馆联合总会 | Review of A Fiend’s Diary produced by The Finger Players, written, directed, designed and solo-performed by Oliver Chong

2019

Theatre review: Oliver Chong offers personal, confessional theatre in A Fiend’s Diary | The Straits Times | Review of A Fiend’s Diary produced by The Finger Players, written, directed, designed and solo-performed by Oliver Chong

 

【剧评】独角戏 · 在这个世界里你是否独自一人? | artsrepublic.sg | Review of A Fiend’s Diary produced by The Finger Players, written, directed, designed and solo-performed by Oliver Chong

 

Actor-writer-director Oliver Chong takes on one of his most challenging roles in A Fiend’s Diary | The Straits Times | Interview with Oliver Chong on A Fiend’s Diary produced by The Finger Players, written, directed, designed and solo-performed by Oliver Chong

 

十指帮《恶魔日记》 反抗荒谬 探索存在意义 | 联合早报 zaobao_sg | Interview with Oliver Chong on A Fiend’s Diary produced by The Finger Players, written, directed, designed and solo-performed by Oliver Chong

 

Preview: A Fiend’s Diary by The Finger Players + An Interview with Oliver Chong | Bakchormeeboy | Interview with Oliver Chong on A Fiend’s Diary produced by The Finger Players, written, directed, designed and solo-performed by Oliver Chong

2018

《大狗民》Citizen Dog | The Finger Players | Production archival of Citizen Dog, co-written, designed and directed by Oliver Chong

 

Stranger Things | The Business Times | Review of Citizen Dog, co-written, designed and directed by Oliver Chong

 

《大狗民》的现实梦境 ——观《大狗民》 | 剧读 thea.preter | Review of Citizen Dog, co-written, designed and directed by Oliver Chong

 

Review: Citizen Dog by The Finger Players | Bakchormeeboy | Review of Citizen Dog, co-written, designed and directed by Oliver Chong

 

灭亡前的重温 | 评《大狗民》| 众观 Re-Viewers | Review of Citizen Dog, co-written, designed and directed by Oliver Chong

 

最紧要好玩 | 岛雨蛙响 ISLAND OBSERVATORY | Review of Citizen Dog, co-written, designed and directed by Oliver Chong

 

A surreal “Citizen Dog” sinks its teeth into your soul | Arts Equator | Review of Citizen Dog, co-written, designed and directed by Oliver Chong

 

[Review] Citizen Dog recontextualised and modernised old themes from a classic literature | artsrepublic.sg | Review of Citizen Dog, co-written, designed and directed by Oliver Chong

 

The Finger Players’ Citizen Dog: Strange Stories Brought Alive With Skill and Precision | POPSPOKEN | Review of Citizen Dog, co-written, designed and directed by Oliver Chong

 

Backstage – In the rehearsal room with Oliver Chong and the cast of Citizen Dog | artsrepublic.sg | A preview and reflections on observing the rehearsal process of Citizen Dog, co-written, designed and directed by Oliver Chong

 

The Finger Players 2018: An Interview with Citizen Dog Director Oliver Chong and Puppeteer Ann Lek | Bakchormeeboy | An interview with Ann Lek and Oliver Chong on Citizen Dog, co-written, designed and directed by Oliver Chong

 

Horror and Hitler take centre stage | The Straits Times | Preview and story coverage of Citizen Dog, co-written, designed and directed by Oliver Chong

 

十指帮两新剧 《大狗民》如都市聊斋 | 早报 | Preview and story coverage of Citizen Dog, co-written, designed and directed by Oliver Chong

 

The Finger players: The Political Nature of Art | POPSPOKEN | An interview with Chong Tze Chien, Liu Xiaoyi and Oliver Chong on the relationship between politics and art

2017

大于冒犯,大于观众|评《冒犯观众》| 众观 Re-Viewers | Reflections on watching Offending the Audience, starring Oliver Chong

 

一场没有救赎的超渡——十指帮《灵戏》 | 早报 | Review on The Spirits Play, designed and directed by Oliver Chong

 

《灵戏》:“灵”的集体笼罩 | 獨在家鄉為異客 A STRANGER AT HOME | Reflections on watching The Spirits Play, designed and directed by Oliver Chong

 

十指帮 :: 郭宝昆的《灵戏》| Faerie Tales | Reflections on watching The Spirits Play, designed and directed by Oliver Chong

 

在辩论桌上升起红月亮 | 评《灵戏》 | 众观 Re-Viewers | Reflections on watching The Spirits Play, designed and directed by Oliver Chong

 

At the rehearsals – The Spirits Play | artsrepublic.sg | A preview and reflections on observing the rehearsal process of The Spirits Play, designed and directed by Oliver Chong

2016

Interview with Oliver Chong, star of Time Between Us | Singapore International Festival of Arts | Interview with Oliver Chong on Time Between Us at SIFA starring Oliver Chong

 

一个哲人的修行 | 评Time Between Us | 众观 Re-Viewers | Reflections on watching Time Between Us, starring Oliver Chong

 

70 NOMINATIONS VIE FOR M1-THE STRAITS TIMES LIFE THEATRE AWARDS 2016 | The Straits Times | Nomination for Best Production Of The Year, Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Sound Design for Off Centre, directed and designed by Oliver Chong

 

M1 – The Straits Times Life Theatre Awards 2016 celebrates the best of Singapore Theatre | The Straits Times | Nomination for Best Production Of The Year, Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Sound Design for Off Centre, directed and designed by Oliver Chong

 

M1 – The Straits Times Life Theatre Awards 2016 – VOTE FOR YOUR FAVOURITE PRODUCTION AND WIN A HOTEL STAY AT THE ST REGIS SINGAPORE – PRODUCTION OF THE YEAR (READERS’ CHOICE) | The Straits Times | Nomination for Best Production Of The Year for Off Centre, directed and designed by Oliver Chong

2015

感受《灵戏》…… 一首撕心裂肺的哀歌! | 橦言無忌 Oz Unlimited | Review on The Spirits Play, designed and directed by Oliver Chong

 

In an Actor’s Conversation with Oliver Chong at The Arts House | Danny Yeo PureTalents | Story coverage of new programme In an Actor’s Conversation, a series of intimate dialogue with distinguished actors Nelson Chia, Yeo Yan Yan and Oliver Chong

 

In an Actor’s Conversation Dig deep and hear first-hand from distinguished actors about their theatre careers | THE ARTS HOUSE | Press release of new programme In an Actor’s Conversation, a series of intimate dialogue with distinguished actors Nelson Chia, Yeo Yan Yan and Oliver Chong

 

不为什么WHYNOT #4 | BooksActually | Launch of a publication that includes interviews with five renown writers including Oliver Chong

 

THE STUDIOS: FIFTY WEEK 3 RECAP | Esplanade The Studios: fifty | Recap of Off Centre presented by Esplanade’s The Studios: fifty, directed and designed by Oliver Chong

 

The Studios 2015 Week 3 House Programme | Esplanade The Studios: fifty | Festival house programme of Off Centre presented by Esplanade’s The Studios: fifty, directed and designed by Oliver Chong

 

Theatre review: Off Centre revival is profoundly affecting | The Straits Times | Review of Off Centre presented by Esplanade’s The Studios: fifty, directed and designed by Oliver Chong

 

We need to talk about Off Centre | Todayonline.com | Review of Off Centre presented by Esplanade’s The Studios: fifty, directed and designed by Oliver Chong

 

“Off Centre hits the bull’s eye” | Centre 42 | Review of Off Centre presented by Esplanade’s The Studios: fifty, directed and designed by Oliver Chong

 

[Review] Oliver Chong’s Off Centre balances reality with surreality | artsrepublic.sg | Review of Off Centre presented by Esplanade’s The Studios: fifty, directed and designed by Oliver Chong

 

OFF CENTRE | CRYSTALWORDS |  Review of Off Centre presented by Esplanade’s The Studios: fifty, directed and designed by Oliver Chong

2014

Theatre review: Revival of Oliver Chong’s Roots still warms the heart | The Straits Times | Review of Roots (2014) produced by The Finger Players, written, directed, designed and solo-performed by Oliver Chong

 

Theatre virtuoso Oliver Chong returns to roots with one-man show | The Straits Times | An interview with Oliver Chong on Roots (2014) produced by The Finger Players, written, directed, designed and solo-performed by Oliver Chong

 

Full Nominees for the 14th Life! Theatre Awards 2014 | Buttons in the Bread | Nomination for Best Director and Best Original Script for Citizen Pig, co-directed/ written/ designed by Oliver Chong

 

推理?是游戏,还是剧场? | 评 Body X | 众观 Re-Viewers | Reflections on watching Body X, co-written by Oliver Chong

 

一个关于兔子的实验 | 评《白兔子,红兔子》| 众观 Re-Viewers | Reflections on watching White Rabbit, Red Rabbit, starring Oliver Chong

2013

Results of the 13th Straits Times Life! Theatre Awards 2013 | Buttons in the Bread | Winner of Best Production Of The Year and Best Script Of The Year for Roots, written, directed, designed and solo-performed by Oliver Chong

 

A half-dozen good men: This year’s Life! Theatre Awards nominees | News @ AsiaOne | Nomination for Best Production Of The Year, Best Script Of The Year and Best Actor for Roots, written, directed, designed and solo-performed by Oliver Chong

 

FULL LIST OF NOMINEES FOR THE 13TH STRAITS TIMES LIFE! THEATRE AWARDS 2013 | The Straits Times | Nomination for Best Production Of The Year, Best Script Of The Year and Best Actor for Roots, written, directed, designed and solo-performed by Oliver Chong

2012

PUPPET ON A STRING: PARADIGMS, PROCESSES AND PRACTICES OF THE FINGER PLAYERS: A THESIS SUBMITTED FOR THE DEGREE OF MASTER OF ARTS DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE by SOUMYA VARMA | National University of Singapore | Appendix 1: Interview with Oliver Chong, p117

 

Theatre: ‘BluePrince’ Review (SINGAPORE) | The City I See | Review of BluePrince presented by The Blue Statesmen, starring Oliver Chong

 

‘BLUEPRINCE’ | faerieimps.blogspot.com |  Review of BluePrince presented by The Blue Statesmen, starring Oliver Chong

 

 

Taiwan

2018

新西兰华裔女孩用戏剧演绎“寻根之旅” | 每日頭條@kknews.cc | Review of Roots produced by Proudly Asian Theatre (New Zealand) at Auckland Fringe Festival, written by Oliver Chong

2017

鍾達成的獨角戲《根》:新加坡人尋找「中國根」的意義與無解 | 關鍵評論 The News Lens | Review of Roots produced by Cloud Gate Culture and Arts Foundation with The finger Players at Cloud Gate Theater (Taiwan), written, directed, designed and solo-performed by Oliver Chong

 

鍾達成作品「根」登台 談新加坡身份認同 | yahoo! 股市 |  Interview with Oliver Chong on Roots produced by Cloud Gate Culture and Arts Foundation with The finger Players at Cloud Gate Theater (Taiwan), written, directed, designed and solo-performed by Oliver Chong

 

鍾達成戲說家族 飯香中尋根 | 中國時報 | Interview with Oliver Chong on Roots produced by Cloud Gate Culture and Arts Foundation with The finger Players at Cloud Gate Theater (Taiwan), written, directed, designed and solo-performed by Oliver Chong

 

米伴尋根 星劇團談身分認同 | 《人間福報》The Merit Times | Story coverage of Roots produced by Cloud Gate Culture and Arts Foundation with The finger Players at Cloud Gate Theater (Taiwan), written, directed, designed and solo-performed by Oliver Chong

 

One man’s search for the roots of his identity | TAIPEI TIMES | Story coverage of Roots produced by Cloud Gate Culture and Arts Foundation with The finger Players at Cloud Gate Theater (Taiwan), written, directed, designed and solo-performed by Oliver Chong

 

2017 雲門嚴選 新加坡劇場精品「根」 | 文化快遞 Culture Express | Story coverage and programme listing of Roots produced by Cloud Gate Culture and Arts Foundation with The finger Players at Cloud Gate Theater (Taiwan), written, directed, designed and solo-performed by Oliver Chong

 

2017 雲門嚴選 新加坡劇場精品「根」 | 文化部 – 全國藝文活動資訊系統網 MINISTRY OF CULTURE | Programme listing of Roots produced by Cloud Gate Culture and Arts Foundation with The finger Players at Cloud Gate Theater (Taiwan), written, directed, designed and solo-performed by Oliver Chong

 

 

Hong Kong

2014

鍾達成的「米上」尋根 | 文匯海外版paper.wenweipo.com | Review of Roots staging in Hong Kong by Hong Kong Repertory Theatre at International Black Box Festival, written, directed, designed and solo-performed by Oliver Chong

 

《尋找舞台上的身體》、《根》、《百年之孤寂10.0 – 文化大革命》 | art-mate.net | Event listing of Masterclasses and public performances by Oliver Chong in Hong Kong

 

 

China

2019

新西兰华裔少女的寻根之旅:歧视自己 但想改变世界 | 腾讯内容开放平台 | Review of Roots produced by Proudly Asian Theatre (New Zealand) at Auckland Fringe Festival, written by Oliver Chong

2014

钟达成情繫寻根旅程 | 大公报Takungpao.com | Review of Roots staging in Hong Kong by Hong Kong Repertory Theatre at International Black Box Festival, written, directed, designed and solo-performed by Oliver Chong

 

 

New Zealand

2018

Roots, written by Oliver Chong: Winner of Best Design at the Auckland Fringe Festival 2018, presented as part of the Auckland Fringe Festival and the Auckland Lantern Festival | Proudly Asian Theatre (New Zealand) | One of Singapore’s most beloved solo shows, Roots written and first performed by Oliver Chong, is one woman’s quest to find her familial identity in the cultural confusion of Singapore

 

对海外移民二代来说,“华人身份”究竟意味着什么? | 先驅報Chinese New Zealand Herald | Review of Roots produced by Proudly Asian Theatre (New Zealand) at Auckland Fringe Festival, written and first performed by Oliver Chong

 

 

Canberra

2020

CANB SHRT FILM FEST 2020 WINNERS | Canberra Film Festival | Winner of International: Best Cinematography for The Frog Prince starring Oliver Chong