[ MEDIA INVITE ]
Board of Directors of MTL with President Halimah Yacob (from Left: Desmond Moey, Tan Guan Heng, Stella Kon – Chairperson of MTL, President Madam Halimah Yacob, Sean Wong, Roland Ang and Florence Fang, Managing Director of Flame Communications)
The musical “My Love is Blind” – the first local musical production involving the visually handicapped and challenging conventional stereotypes about the visually handicapped was graced by President Halimah Yacob, who is also the Patron of MTL at the gala dinner tonight at SOTA Drama Theatre.
Presented by Musical Theatre Limited (MTL), a registered arts charity which creates original musicals to enrich the arts scene, this social cause musical aims to raise awareness and empower the visually handicapped in Singapore and at the same time, highlights that the disabled are as intelligent, talented and competent as the able. Helmed by established playwright Stella Kon, the MTL team has casted visually handicapped performers alongside established actors and musicians, recognising their talents and providing a boost of self-esteem and social inclusiveness.
Directed by Aidli Mosbit and based on the true success story of Tan Guan Heng, ‘My Love is Blind’ tells the story of a university graduate (ex-Rafflesian) Guan, who loses his sight in the prime of his life at age 28, shortly after his graduation from the (then) University of Malaya. Guan was unable to find a job then and set up his own successful book business and even went on to become an active leader of the blind and disabled. He garnered inner strength and support from the people around him and overcomes great adversity and carries on to find love and success. Starring veteran actor Benjamin Chow who won Best Supporting Actor in the M1-Straits Times Life! Theatre Awards for his role in ‘The LKY Musical’ alongside visually handicapped performers, the musical will showcase the talents and abilities of the disabled while recognising their talent as singers and musicians.
The team is currently raising funds to produce a full-scale musical in an effort to reach out to more people. My Love is Blind is based on his eponymous semi-autobiographical novel, which Tan hopes can raise awareness and rally public support around the disabled community.
All in all, ‘My Love is Blind’ throws a spotlight on the ambitions and achievements of the visually handicapped. Catch this heartwarming and emotional musical with tickets sold by SISTIC!