Theatre-goers will get a show full of dreams and steampunk this weekend! The Tailor-Made Man opens this Friday and promises to deliver the most elaborate production in PJLA yet.

We talk with the director of The Tailor-Made Man, Jason Ding, about the upcoming play:
(picture courtesy of Jason Ding)

(picture courtesy of Jason Ding)

Tell our readers a little bit more about The Tailor-Made Man.

The Tailor-Made Man is a story of a dreamer, Joseph, and his journey from his father’s house to the unlikeliest of places. He meets different, interesting characters along the way; and goes through some nightmares before eventually seeing his dreams come true.

What has changed since the first production in 2007?

For one, it’s a completely different set of cast and crew. Some were members of the audience from the first show.
We’ve improved at telling the story, with a better idea of what works and what doesn’t. And of course; a massive upgrade in costumes, sets and props. Essentially, the core message stays the same — only dreamers see dreams come true.

Actspressions is touting this play as one of the most elaborate productions in PJLA. Why the decision to go in this direction? And what is elaborate about it?

Well, that’s something that kind of stuck after our initial meet with PJLA, when we told them what we were planning to do, as well as the number of cast and crew involved. We just ran with it.

Are there any parallels between Joseph in this production and Joseph of the Bible?

Yes, The Tailor-Made Man is loosely based on the Bible story, but through a different lens; a steampunk one with contemporary sensibilities, if that makes sense.

Tell us more about your lead actors, Justin Ooi and Darren Yeoh.

This is Justin’s first time playing a lead. From day one, he’s been a real team player, very enthusiastic and hardworking to get it right. He’s great at being Joseph, because he relates to the character so much.

Darren Yeoh is quite a veteran, having been on stage numerous times in the past. This role will be a challenge for him, because it requires him to be calm and collected, as opposed to the noisy, colourful characters he’s used to playing. It’s been a really good experience working with both of them and everyone else.

As a director, what do you hope to achieve with this production?

There are so many! But if there’s just one thing, it would be for people to think about their dreams; and for those who may have (through the course of life) given up, to dream again. That’s what it’s all about.

What were your inspirations for writing the play?

People who dared to dream, and dared to fight to see those dreams come true. Their stories give me strength and inspiration to believe and fight for my own dreams. The staging of The Tailor-Made Man being one of them.

Did you know there’s a West End musical production with the same name?

I didn’t back in 2007. But this round I did a search, and found out about it. What was even more interesting is what the play is about. I wouldn’t mind catching that one!

Who should come watch this show?