March 2017 – New Arrivals

Dear readers, here are some of the new arrivals at the library@esplanade in March. For more titles, do visit our library or browse our catalogue.

(All summaries and covers are from publishers/catalogue unless otherwise stated)


Mary Page Marlowe
Creator(s): Tracy Letts
Call No.: English 812.6 LET
Publisher: London :New York : Theatre Communications Group, 2016
Format: Book
Known for his complex portrayals of the human psyche, Tracy Letts’ new play expands what at first appears to be an intimate snapshot of one woman’s seemingly ordinary life into a grand and elaborate manifest, complete with different versions of the same woman at various stages of her life. In a series of elegant, nonlinear scenes spanning the years from 1946 all the way to 2015, the play hopscotches through Mary Page Marlowe’s quiet existence as an accountant from Ohio-complicating the notion of what it means to lead a “simple life.”

Creator(s): Robin Loon, Kok Heng Leun, Zizi Azah Binte Abdul Majid, Vadivalagan Shanamuga
Call No.: English 792.095957 LOO
Publisher: Singapore : Institute of Policy Studies : Straits Times Press Pte Ltd, [2016]
Format: Book
This book surveys the beginnings, evolution and current state of theatre in English, Mandarin, Malay and Tamil against the backdrop of Singapore’s rise as a nation and as a cultural polity. It examines issues of regulation, cultural-linguistic imperatives, and the use of theatre as a mirror, asking the nation and its people to reflect on themselves and their contexts.

Drama education and dramatherapy : Exploring the space between disciplines 
Creator(s): Clive Holmwood
Call No.: English 792.071 HOL -[ART]
Publisher: London : Abingdon, Oxfordshire : Routledge, 2016.
Format: Book
Dramatherapy is increasingly being used in schools and educational establishments as a way of supporting young people’s emotional needs. This book examines the space between drama education and Dramatherapy exploring the questions: Does a therapist teach? When does the role of the drama teacher border on that of therapist? How do these two professions see and understand each other and the roles they play?

This book will be of interest to those involved in using drama in an educational or therapeutic context, including: drama teachers, arts therapists, teachers of arts therapy and researchers within wider arts, applied arts and educational faculties within colleges and universities.



Mia Madre
Director: Nanni Moretti
Call No.: Others 791.4372 MIA -[ART]
Rating: PG13
Formats available: DVD/ Blu-Ray
A harried filmmaker tries to juggle the demands of her latest movie with a personal life in shambles. The star of her film, a bombastic American actor imported for the production, presents nothing but headaches and her crew is close to mutiny. Away from the shoot, Margherita tries to hold her life together as her mother’s illness progresses and her teenage daughter grows ever more distant.

Captain Fantastic
Director: Matt Ross
Call No.: English 791.4372 CAP -[ART]
Rating: M18
Formats available: DVD/ Blu-Ray
Deep in the forests of the Pacific Northwest, isolated from society, a devoted father dedicates his life to transforming his six young children into extraordinary adults. But when a tragedy strikes the family, they are forced to leave this self-created paradise and begin a journey into the outside world that challenges his idea of what it means to be a parent and brings into question everything he’s taught them.

War Dogs
Director: Todd Phillips
Call No.: English 791.4372 WAR -[ART]
Rating: M18
Formats available: DVD/ Blu-Ray
Two friends in their early twenties living in Miami Beach during the Iraq War exploit a little-known government initiative that allows small businesses to bid on U.S. Military contracts. Starting small, they begin raking in big money and are living the high life. But the pair gets in over their heads when they land a 300 million dollar deal to arm the Afghan Military.

Bridget Jones’s baby
Director: Sharon Maguire
Call No.: English 791.4372 BRI -[ART]
Rating: NC16
Formats available: DVD/Blu-Ray
Bridget is forty-something and single again after breaking up with Mark Darcy. She decides to focus on her job and surround herself with old friends and some new ones. But her love life takes a turn when she meets a dashing American named Jack. In an unlikely twist, Bridget finds herself pregnant but she can only be fifty percent sure of the father’s identity.



She loves me : 2016 Broadway cast recording : a romantic-ish musical comedy
Creator(s): Jerry Bock (composer); Joe Masteroff (librettist); Sheldon Harnick (lyricist)
Call No.: English 782.14 BOC -[ART]
Publisher: New York : Ghostlight Records, 2016
Format: Music CD
Based on the same story that inspired the hit movie You Got Mail, the revival of the hit musical features Tony Award-nominated performances from Jane Krakowski, Laura Benanti, and Zachary Levi.

La La Land : original motion picture soundtrack
Creator(s): Justin Hurwitz (composer, instrumentalist); Benj Pasek (lyricist);
Justin Paul (lyricist)
Call No.: English 781.542 HUR -[ART]
Publisher: Santa Monica, California : Interscope Records, 2016
Format: Music CD
Another day of sun — Someone in the crowd — Mia & Sebastian’s theme — A lovely night — Herman’s habit — City of stars — Planetarium — Summer montage ; Madeline — City of stars — Start a fire / John Legend — Engagement party — Audition (The fools who dream) — Epilogue — The end — City of stars (humming).

Time : space
Creator(s): Charlie Lim (composer, singer)
Call No.: English 782.421644 LIM -[ART]
Publisher: Singapore : Universal Music, 2016
Format: Music CD
Intro — Blah blah blues — Choices — Bitter — Light breaks in — Conspiracy — Knots — Nothing more cruel — I only tell the truth — Outro.

Trolls : original motion picture soundtrack
Creator(s):  Justin Timberlake (composer, performer)
Call No.: English 781.542 TRO -[ART]
Publisher: New York : Villa 40 : RCA Records, 2016
Format: Music CD
Soundtrack for DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls features new music from Justin Timberlake, Ariana Grande, Anna Kendrick and Gwen Stefani. – Source: publisher



The Aging Body in Dance: a cross-cultural perspective
Creator(s): Nanako Nakajima (editor); Gabriele Brandstetter (editor)
Call No.: English 792.8 AGI -[ART]
Publisher: Berlin : Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, an imprint of the Taylor & Francis Group, 2017.
Format: Book
The Aging Body in Dance brings together leading scholars and artists from a range of backgrounds to investigate cultural ideas of movement and beauty, expressiveness and agility.

Contributors focus on Euro-American and Japanese attitudes towards aging and performance, including studies of choreographers, dancers and directors from Yvonne Rainer, Martha Graham, Anna Halprin and Roemeo Castellucci to Kazuo Ohno and Kikuo Tomoeda. They draw a fascinating comparison between youth-oriented Western cultures and dance cultures like Japan’s, where aging performers are celebrated as part of the country’s living heritage.


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