Bookends

Timothy Wan.
Timothy Wan. PHOTO: TRISTAN YEO

Who: Actor Timothy Wan, 27 He will star in the play Kumarajiva, which traces the life of a 5th- century Buddhist monk and scholar of the same name.

The play is staged by Toy Factory Productions for Foo Hai Buddhist Cultural & Welfare Association. It runs from May 27 to 29.

Tickets at $60, $70 and $90 are available from Sistic.

What are you reading now?

I am reading Art Studio by Yeng Pway Ngon, which follows the fortunes of artists in Singapore in the 1980s. It will be adapted for the stage next year by Nine Years Theatre.

It is quite a long novel, so I start early to make sure that I am familiar with the story. I am also reading Big Fish by Daniel Wallace, which I got interested in after seeing the Broadway musical adaptation online. It hits close to home because I find the main character of Edward Bloom a little bit of an actor or a storyteller who likes to be over the top with his dramatisation of his stories to people around him.

What books would you save from a burning house?

I'd probably take a book that was a gift from my dad last Christmas. I have not started on it. It is titled Sick In The Head by Judd Apatow, which I think is related to the kind of mental and emotional processes that famous entertainers or performers have gone through.

Also, my Bible, which is a contemporary translation and beautifully designed. I feel like I might not be able to get another copy like it again, so that's definitely going to be a book that I would need to save from the fire.

•Art Studio by Yeng Pway Ngon (Math Paper Press, 2014, $32) is available at selectbooks.com.sg. Big Fish by Daniel Wallace ( Simon And Schuster, 2004, $18.71) and Sick In The Head by Judd Apatow (Random House, 2016, $28.82) are available from Books Kinokuniya.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on May 01, 2016, with the headline 'Bookends'. Print Edition | Subscribe