"In order to understand our world, to effect change, to respond to issues with compassion and integrity; our society must be able to see beyond the limitations and inevitable biases of our own perspectives. We need to imagine other possibilities. We need a larger vision. We need Art, because the vision to see other possibilities is the gift art gives to society. And live performance gives art a connecting energy parallel to none."Founding Artistic Director, Ivan Heng
W!LD RICE was founded in 2000 by Ivan Heng, an internationally acclaimed and award-winning theatre practitioner, and is recognised today as one of Singapore’s leading professional theatre companies.
Our mission is to provide an open forum for the shared experience of theatre; celebrating our diversity, reflecting on the problems and possibilities of our times, and presenting productions that inspire, challenge and entertain.
A commitment to the highest standards informs every aspect of W!LD RICE’s creative work, which is first and foremost a celebration of Singapore theatrical talent. By producing and touring productions that are distinctively local in flavour and yet universal in vision and concerns, the company creates memorable experiences for audiences in Singapore and the world.
The company’s exciting and varied programming for the main stage includes:
- New and original works.
- New productions of the Singapore repertoire.
- New interpretations of the World’s Classics.
The company’s mission to build a theatre culture also extends to the wider community through the following divisions:
- FIRST STAGE!, a project which nurtures young talents from the ages of 5 to 12.
- young & W!LD, which identifies and develops Singapore’s young theatre professionals.
W!LD RICE is committed to touring its shows internationally to raise the profile of Singapore theatre, to create an international awareness of its unique productions, and to engage its artists and collaborators in creative dialogues with the international arts community. Its distinctively Singaporean productions have won great acclaim at major international arts festivals in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Malaysia, New Zealand and Russia.
In August 2006, W!LD RICE presented the inaugural SINGAPORE THEATRE FESTIVAL, a biennial new writing festival committed to developing, presenting and promoting Singapore theatre. Renamed the OCBC SINGAPORE THEATRE FESTIVAL in 2008 and MAN SINGAPORE THEATRE FESTIVAL in 2011, this festival has, to date, produced 22 World Premieres of new Singapore writing, and has been hailed as “the main event in the world of the arts” (SPH The Straits Times, 2006), and the “Blockbuster Event of the Year” (TODAY, 2008).
In July 2013, W!LD RICE launched IN THE SPOTLIGHT, a festival commissioning and presenting a representative survey of a local playwright’s body of work. The inaugural festival shone a spotlight on our resident playwright, Alfian Sa’at.
W!LD RICE is a not-for-profit Singapore Registered Charity, (Institution of a Public Character No. 000122). It is supported by the National Arts Council under the Major Company Scheme for the period from 1 December 2017 to 30 November 2020.
Praise for WILD RICE!
"Singapore's sexiest theatre company!"Lonely Planet, Best of Singapore
"Bold and insightful. Scintillatingly funny and thought-provoking."SPH The Business Times, Singapore
"Exciting and hugely entertaining… this is rich and tender theatre!"South China Morning Post, Hong Kong
"Theatre that’s accessible and intelligent, which combines serious intent with serious entertainment."SPH The Straits Times, Singapore
"Clearly one of the most dynamic, innovative and exciting theatre companies in town!"938Live, Singapore
"Moving, funny and accomplished. The stage bristles with invention."The Dominion Post, New Zealand
"This is entertaining and challenging theatre."The Age, Australia
"The zenith of finely wrought artistry."The Arts Magazine, Singapore
"A dynamic and energetic theatre company!"macautheatre.blogspot
"Always the sense that you are attending a theatrical event."The Flying Inkpot