This month marks the 10th anniversary of the death of theatre director and critic Krishen Jit. He died on April 28, 2005, and left behind a legacy that is still remembered and cherished. Having worked with him as an actor on a few plays, our columnist remembers and cherishes the things they did together.
Krishen Jit was a history academic at Universiti Malaya and he sustained his “Talking Drama” column in New Sunday Times for many years. Thus, people tend to think of him as an intellectual. But for all his intellectuality, when it came to rehearsals, he, unlike some directors, seldom spent time analysing the play and its characters with the actors.
He believed in getting them to relate directly to the text by speaking it on the rehearsal floor and moving about appropriately. He wanted the actor to find a visceral connection to the character. He emphasised the use of the body as much as the voice.
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