The People Behind LEAVES: Passerby Projects

In 2015, a group of friends started Passerby Projects, a performance collective that focuses on creating training and performance opportunities for actors. They recently staged their first production, LEAVES by Lucy Caldwell at HCAC during the month of May. The production was a hit with the audience, even resulting in two extra shows to satisfy demand.

We speak to two of the founding members, Ranice Tay and Xie Shangbin, on this initiative.

What made you want to set up Passerby Projects?

Ranice [R]: We were a group of friends who wanted to produce our own content. We wanted to do shows that allowed us (and other like-minded individuals) to train as actors, to serve the story. I think it really is an opportunity for people who are passionate about their craft to perform in front of a live audience.

I hear there’s a story behind the name. Tell us about that.

R: I guess we really wanted to bring out the philosophy of everyone having a story. So a Passerby – a stranger that you see on the streets, have something that they’re dying to say. And that’s what we hope our productions would be – a revelation and expression of our most intimate thoughts.

How was the experience staging LEAVES like? You’ve had to manage everything, from the funding to the cast, the production team and so on, all while juggling your time with your other commitments.

Shangbin [SB]: It was a crazy period and I am already not doing that much. I just wish there is a better way to theatre-making.

R: Yeah, I agree with Shangbin. Except that…I don’t think I’d have it any other way. Of course there were hiccups along the way, but…

What was the most challenging aspect of producing LEAVES and is there anything you would have done differently?

SB: I think getting help on board the project is probably the most challenging aspect as this is a labour of love.

R: Working around an intimate space. We wanted the setting to be as homely as possible (also because theatre venue rental are exorbitant) – but of course this led to space constraints.

What’s next for Passerby Projects?

R: Stay tuned and find out 🙂 On a sidenote, check out a review of LEAVES at ASIA 361 http://asia361.com/2016/05/16/review-leaves/

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