Esplanade Presents

Activity | Roving | Storytelling

Collector of Stories

Zip Zap Zoom Collective (Singapore)

11 – 19 Mar 2023

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(Intermission: None)

Esplanade Concourse (Home Grooves exhibition) (2pm), Esplanade B2 Carpark Foyer (4pm)

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The Collector travels from place to place, his signature horn can be heard from blocks away, and people rush to him with their old unwanted items and give them away.


The Collector takes them in and has done this for many years. What keeps him going are the stories these items hold. Stories that can be shared and retold.


Come listen to the Collector as he retells these stories using familiar items, and even share yours through a participatory activity.


Collector of Stories is inspired by the karang guni profession in Singapore; the uncles and aunties who make an earnest living collecting recyclables and unwanted items to resell.


The creator of Collector of Stories, Jeremy, wants to explore the personal stories that may be tied to these items we discard. Through this work, Jeremy is especially interested in creating an opportunity for young audiences to share some of these stories; to create a space for listening and a celebration of their voices.


Production Credits:

Jeremy Leong – Concept, Writer, Director

Rino Junior John – Performer

Claris Tan – Facilitator

Elizabeth Low – Facilitator

Mohammad Hafiz Bin Mohammad Shamsudin – Production Coordinator

Language: English
Artist Information

Zip Zap Zoom Collective

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Enablers of fun and imagination, Zip Zap Zoom Collective creates immersive and participatory arts experiences for young audiences.


Founded by theatre practitioners Claris Tan, Elizabeth Loh, and Jeremy Leong, the collective aims to produce artful experiences that celebrate the creativity and individuality of every child.

Jeremy Leong (Creator)

A freelance theatre practitioner and teaching artist, Jeremy is passionate about his work with young audiences and believes that all children—no matter their abilities or backgrounds—should have access to quality arts experiences.


Jeremy’s theatrical works include performing in the Australian tour of Hutan, a sensory theatre work commissioned by National Museum Singapore and produced by The Artground and Performing Lines WA; directing Mars I Do This?, a commission by KidsSTOP and produced by The Artground; producing and performing in POP!, a performance by Zip Zap Zoom Collective to commemorate the opening of Children’s Museum Singapore.


In tandem with his theatre-making practice, Jeremy is also a teaching artist who designs and facilitates drama workshops for participants aged 3 to 16.

Rino Junior John (Performer)

Rino is a trained theatre actor and graduated as valedictorian, achieving a Distinction in his theatre studies. Coming from a multiracial family, Rino constantly seeks to draw on his messy experiences and captivate the audience with his honesty.


Some notable theatre credits include: The Paiseh Pieces, The Essential Playlist (The Second Breakfast Company), Imagination Station (Esplanade's PLAYtime!), MARS I do This? (Zip Zap Zoom Collective), Ang Moh Pai (Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay), Wheels on the Bus (Freddo Children's Theatre) and Julius Caesar (Singapore Repertory Theatre).


He dreams of living every possible story there is to be lived, and is thrilled to be working with the Zip Zap Zoom Collective once again!

Date & Time

11 Mar 2023, Sat


Esplanade Concourse (Home Grooves exhibition)


Esplanade B2 Carpark Foyer

12 Mar 2023, Sun


Esplanade Concourse (Home Grooves exhibition)


Esplanade B2 Carpark Foyer

18 Mar 2023, Sat


Esplanade Concourse (Home Grooves exhibition)


Esplanade B2 Carpark Foyer

19 Mar 2023, Sun


Esplanade Concourse (Home Grooves exhibition)


Esplanade B2 Carpark Foyer

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