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Theatre practitioner Yuyang Ellison Tan, 26
Theatre practitioner Yuyang Ellison Tan, 26

Who: Theatre practitioner Yuyang Ellison Tan, 26

She recently wrote Inheritance, a play about the relationship between two sisters and their mother. It is staged by theatre company The Finger Players and ends its run today at the Drama Centre Black Box. Tickets at $35 are available from Sistic.

What are you reading now?

Beyond The Blue Gate: Recollections Of A Political Prisoner by Teo Soh Lung and The Art Of Charlie Chan Hock Chye by Sonny Liew. These are books that I was reading while preparing for my role as an ex-political detainee in Manifesto. I finished them midway through rehearsals, but wanted to read them again post-production to see if I can gain new insights.

What books would you save from a burning house?

I have too many books and play scripts, but there are two that are dear to me.

The first is The Finger Players 15th Anniversary Limited Edition Box Set Play-Script. I love each and every one of its productions. It also serves as a reminder of my two-year apprenticeship training with The Finger Players .

The second is Michael Cunningham's The Hours, which tells the story of three women from different generations. I would save it because of the memories - I found it in a second-hand bookstore in Ubud, Bali. Finding it in a foreign land when I was going through a trying period was serendipitous.

  • Beyond The Blue Gate: Recollections Of A Political Prisoner by Teo Soh Lung (2015, Function 8, $35) is available at www.ethosbooks.com.sg; The Art Of Charlie Chan Hock Chye by Sonny Liew (2015, Epigram Books, $34.90) is available at www.epigrambooks.sg; and The Hours by Michael Cunningham (1999, HarperCollins, $21.05) is available at Books Kinokuniya.
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on April 17, 2016, with the headline 'Bookends'. Print Edition | Subscribe