A hotel in Singapore is opened at the turn of the century, when the island is still a jewel in the crown of the British Empire. Each day, new faces appear and swiftly disappear – guests and staff alike.
Every ten years, we check in to meet the hotel’s residents: Indian mutineers, Cantonese nannies, Malay film stars, Japanese soldiers, transsexual sex workers, wedding guests, suspected terrorists, and more. They live out the pivotal moments in their personal lives, as empires die and new ones are born from their ashes.
Even though the chambermaids clean up after them, readying the room for the next guests, traces of the past persist, and time reveals its cyclical nature. Ghosts communicate with the living, doubles are separated by decades, and a single moment of decision haunts the generations that come after.
An immersive, multi-generational epic, HOTEL explores the notions of empire, nationhood, migration and identity against the backdrop of a shrinking world. Spanning a century and performed over close to five hours in nine languages, this ground-breaking theatrical event highlights the eclectic energies born from the collisions between the old and the new, East and West, tradition and modernity.
An epic odyssey through a hundred years of Singapore’s history, HOTEL made its world premiere at the 2015 Singapore International Festival of Arts. Proclaimed an “instant classic” by The Straits Times, the production won four Straits Times Life! Theatre Awards: Production of the Year, Best Direction, Best Original Script and Best Ensemble.
HOTEL headlined Wild Rice’s Singapore Theatre Festival in 2016, playing to sold-out houses throughout its limited run.
In 2017, HOTEL made its international premiere, winning rave reviews at the OzAsia Festival in Adelaide, Australia.
This new production in 2023 marks the first time Wild Rice will stage HOTEL in The Ngee Ann Kongsi Theatre within its own performing arts complex in Funan.
Duration: Part 1 – approximately 2 hours 45 minutes (including intermission); Part 2 – approximately 2 hours (without intermission)
Rating: Advisory 16 (Some Mature Content)
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