The Man Behind Legend of the Conch Shell

4 November 2009 - 12:34am Comments Off

Kechara House’s upcoming Tsongkhapa play, Legend of the Conch Shell, which is being staged on 17 to 19 December 2009, has received much publicity and hype of late. Many of you may be wondering who the man behind the play is, the one making sure it turns out perfect. The director of this play is none other than Mr. Woon Fook Sen, a big name in the theatre scene but a soft-spoken, well-mannered gentleman.

A short chat with him revealed how he got involved in this play. It all started when the renowned and award-winning dancer and choreographer, Lee Swee Keong contacted him to ask if he would get involved in making a Life of Tsongkhapa play for Kechara House.

Knowing that the play had a Tibetan Buddhist theme, he was spontaneously receptive – Mr. Woon says that he has a natural affinity with Buddhism, and a spontaneous liking towards all things Tibetan. Hence it didn’t take much convincing on Swee Keong’s part to get him involved. After visiting Kechara House to find out more about the concept behind the play, and speaking to Associate Liaison Kok Yek Yee, who later became the producer of the play, Mr. Woon agreed to direct the play.

Being a professional in the performing arts, Mr. Woon says that directing a play comes naturally to him. What he finds the most challenging is the scheduling of the actual performance. As the scheduled dates for the play is in mid-December, many of the professional dancers involved in Legend of the Conch Shell are also involved in other performances – it has been a challenge, Mr. Woon says, to get everyone together for rehearsal. Another challenging aspect has been to get the costumes designed and produced on time. However, Mr. Woon believes all of these challenges can be overcome with stringent time management.

Mr. Woon feels that being involved in this play has given him the opportunity to receive new messages. The entire play is being produced with the motivation of connecting people to Lama Tsongkhapa and eventually his teachings. In the process of directing this play and working with Kechara people, Mr. Woon feels that he has begun to understand the meaning of letting go of his own attachments and doing things for the benefit of others.

He encourages everyone to watch the play. Although many people out there may not know much about Lama Tsongkhapa or his life, Mr. Woon says that we should give ourselves a chance to experience something different, and we won’t regret going to watch this play.

To find out more details about the venue and showings of the play, check out the official website for Legend of the Conch Shell stage play (

For ticket enquiries, please contact June Kang at +6012 639 8815.

For more information on the Tsongkhapa Play, please contact the coordinator of the play, Associate Liaison Kok Yek Yee at +6012 388 3390 or [email protected].

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