W!LD TIMES ISSUE #005

ALFIAN SA'AT: IN THE SPOTLIGHT – WEEK 1

Opening 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...

GALA NIGHT

After 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.

Gala Night

The cast of Cook A Pot Of Curry, director Glen Goei and playwright Alfian Sa'at take a bow

Gala Night

The man of the festival flanked by William and Lena Lim –
our generous benefactors without whom the show could not have gone on

Gala Night

Audrey Rico, Dolly Cheong, our wonderful office manager Katherine Khoo and Dr June Rin Goh
dressed up for the occasion in national costume!

Gala Night

Our 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

THE SHOWS

It 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 Shows

The Pot Of Curry that made national headlines!
(L-R) Neo Swee Lin, Rishi Budhrani, Noorlinah Mohamed, Judee Tan and Nelson Chia

The Shows

(L-R) Neo Swee Lin, Rishi Budhrani, Noorlinah Mohamed, Najib Soiman, Judee Tan and Nelson Chia

The Shows

The inimitable Jo Kukathas unleashing the wrath of the goddess Agnes in Dreamplay: Asian Boys Vol. 1

The Shows

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)

The Shows

Brendon Fernandez and Janice Koh sharing an unusual bond in The Optic Trilogy

The Shows

The themes of perception and appearance are integral to The Optic Trilogy

FEST!VITIES

The 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.

People 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.

FEST!VITIES

Alfian moderating our esteemed panel
(L-R) Jolovan Wham, Sreyashi Sen and Gilbert Goh

FEST!VITIES

Our audience – a cross-section of Singapore – listening intently to our panel

FEST!VITIES

Alfian explaining the art and craft of writing plays in his Saturday workshop

W!LD TIMES ISSUE #005



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