The sun rises for another day across the Mongolian steppes. Genghis Khan - once named Temujin - is at the cusp of creating the largest land empire ever known. All that is left is to decide whether or not to kill his oldest rival and friend, Jamukha.
Told from Jamukha's perspective on what seems like the last night of his life, Temujin: An Audio Drama reveals a rarely-told moment that shaped human history: the ill-fated bond shared between two young warlords caught between rivalry and friendship, empire-building and tender brotherhood.
Hi! I’m Roshan Singh, writer and director of Temujin An Audio Drama — a historical tragedy of how sworn brothers became foes.
I graduated from Yale-NUS College with a specialization in creative writing. The script for Temujin was my capstone project and the result of years of archival research, travel to Mongolia, and intensive writing/rewriting. I was granted the Yale-NUS College Outstanding Capstone award for Temujin.
Now, working with a team of friends and trusted collaborators, I hope we can share this story with Singapore and the rest of the world.
Our goal is to record, mix and release the story of Temujin: An Audio Drama as a free-to-access high-quality audio drama on major audio distribution platforms by early 2020.
As our rigorously-rehearsed voice actors embody the Temujin cast of characters over soundscapes and foley work evoking the Mongolian steppes, we believe you’ll find the ride as immersive as it is cinematic. And you don't have to take our word for it -- check out the demo we've prepared for you below:
Whether you think of yourself as curious historian, a purveyor of upcoming creators, or bored commuter itching for a story that is both grand and achingly intimate — we think there’ll be something in here for you.
Follow our progress on:
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- Twitter (@temujindrama)
The tragedy of Temujin and Jamukha is just one of the many plot threads contained in the Mongolian epic The Secret History of the Mongols, from which most of the narrative beats within this play are drawn. The work was written shortly after Genghis Khan’s death in 1227, and was intended solely for the eyes of the Mongolian royal family. In fact, this encrypted, centuries-old story was only first translated into English as recently as 1982!
The complex and humanized portrait of Genghis Khan presented in The Secret History is as old as the man himself and yet surprisingly new for an English-speaking audience. For that reason, a lot of existing representations of Mongolian history in English is inaccurate at best, and… well, shockingly superficial at its worst.
More than just being one of the first attempts at a faithful representation of Genghis Khan’s story in the English language, Temujin: An Audio Drama invigorates these characters to bring spark and - most importantly - human depth.
In the tradition of Hamilton’s rich, audio storytelling, we strive to tell a story as academically rich as it is wildly entertaining, without sacrificing historical detail or scholarly value. If anything, we’ve found that the strangest facts have made for some of the strongest dramatic moments and character beats!
We would now like to present you with Temujin: An Audio Drama in its most-refined form to date: a listening experience of unprecedented polish and accessibility.
We've prepared concept art of these fascinating characters, courtesy of artist Lu Yi (luyi.portfoliobox.net). Check them out below, and stay tuned as more are added:
- May 3-4, 2019 - Complete voice recordings to be used for post-production
- May 10, 2019 - Kickstarter Launch Event: Live Reading Performances
- May 24, 2019 and June 8, 2019 - Public Events (stay tuned for more info!)
- June 9, 2019 - Kickstarter end date
- December, 2019 - finish music and audio mixing
- January, 2020 - public release on audio media distributors.
You can find our budget breakdown, detailing how we will allocate our Kickstarter funds by percentage, as follows:
The primary reason this Kickstarter exists is so that I can fairly compensate the roughly twenty people — local actors, production managers, sound editors, and visual artists — who have invested work nights and weekends into bringing the audio drama to life.
I believe that no creative work or culture can thrive at the expense of the people making it, however passionate or talented they may be. I’ve been blessed with a team who possess both qualities in extremes, and would like your help to put together enough to see to their professional well-being.
Should you have any further questions or concerns, please feel free to email us at email@example.com.
Risks and challenges
We've previously performed this play and have procured the necessary equipment for Temujin's completion. In that sense, your investment would come with minimal risk.
However, we cannot move forward without ensuring all our collaborators are compensated adequately for their hard work. Certain contingencies to this end (potentially requiring line-specific re-recordings) have been accounted for in our 'Misc.' budget.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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