a show is always a huge thrill – imagine the electric charge in the air with
W!LD RICE opening an entire festival of three shows in the space of a week!
With up to 700 people attending our shows on any given night, the LASALLE
campus is positively buzzing with activity. Allow us to share with you a small
scrapbook of the events of the past week, including our Gala Night, production
shots of all three shows, and moments from the FEST!VITIES to date...
a rousing gala night performance of Cook A Pot Of Curry, cast and audience members
alike adjourned to Lowercase. With a bowl of yummy chicken curry in one hand
and a glass of wine in the other, people talked excitedly about the show they'd
just seen – sharing insights and ideas about the issues at hand.
The cast of Cook A Pot Of Curry, director Glen Goei and playwright Alfian Sa'at take a bow
man of the festival flanked by William and Lena Lim –
our generous benefactors without whom the show could not have gone on
Rico, Dolly Cheong, our wonderful office manager Katherine Khoo and Dr June
dressed up for the occasion in national costume!
wonderful supporter Andrea Yap, resplendent in her red-and-white interpretation
of our national costume dress code, with Artistic Director Ivan Heng and Executive
Producer Tony Trickett
seems obvious to say it, but theatre really happens when... well, you move into
the theatre. It's when shows take up residence in a physical venue that lighting,
sound, costume, design and performance all come together to create the true
magic of theatre. Relive Cook A Pot Of Curry, feast your eyes on the surreal
beauty of Dreamplay: Asian Boys Vol. 1, and revel in the quiet poetry of a scene
from The Optic Trilogy.
The Pot Of Curry that made national headlines!
(L-R) Neo Swee Lin, Rishi Budhrani, Noorlinah Mohamed, Judee Tan and Nelson Chia
(L-R) Neo Swee Lin, Rishi Budhrani, Noorlinah Mohamed, Najib Soiman, Judee Tan and Nelson Chia
The inimitable Jo Kukathas unleashing the wrath of the goddess Agnes in Dreamplay: Asian Boys Vol. 1
Agnes' tour of Singapore takes her through time, space, and queer history in Singapore.
(Clockwise from top left: Caleb Goh, Jo Kukathas, Tan Shou Chen, Koey Foo,
Peter Sau, Rodney Oliveiro)
Brendon Fernandez and Janice Koh sharing an unusual bond in The Optic Trilogy
The themes of perception and appearance are integral to The Optic Trilogy
LASALLE campus has been humming with energy and activity all week – not simply
because of the three shows we're staging in its performance venues, but also
because of the FEST!VITIES that have been organised to explore the issues, ideas
and themes raised in Alfian's work.
have flocked to our Art & Life Session on immigration issues, which saw
lively, impassioned debate and open, honest insights from our panel, which comprised
Jolovan Wham (a social worker who focuses on the rights of migrant workers);
Sreyashi Sen (a trained counselor who volunteers as an Integration and Naturalisation
Champion); and Gilbert Goh (founder and president of transitioning.org, a support
site for the unemployed and under-employed). Meanwhile, aspiring playwrights
also gathered to learn from Alfian on just how one goes about Writing The Unwritable.
Alfian moderating our esteemed panel
(L-R) Jolovan Wham, Sreyashi Sen and Gilbert Goh
Our audience – a cross-section of Singapore – listening intently to our panel
Alfian explaining the art and craft of writing plays in his Saturday workshop