HOTEL

8 Jun – 8 Jul 2023

Wild Rice @ Funan

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.

PRODUCTION HISTORY

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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Ticket prices listed below are for both Parts I & II.

Previews – Thu 8 Jun (Part I) & Fri 9 Jun (Part II), 7.30pm
$50, $70, $90, $110

Tue (Part I) & Wed (Part II), 7:30pm
$70, $90, $110, $130

Thu (Part I) & Fri (Part II), 7:30pm
Sat, 2:30pm (Part I) & 7:30pm (Part II)
Sun, 2:30pm (Part I) & 7:30pm (Part II)

$90, $110, $130, $150

 

Early Bird: 15% off on Category 1 & 2 tickets (from 19 December 2022 to 18 January 2023)

As part of Wild Rice’s mission to make theatre accessible to people from all walks of life, we will be presenting the following access performances of HOTEL! Please book tickets for the dates below if you require these services during the show.

CAPTIONED PERFORMANCES
20 & 21 JUN 2023, 7:30PM; and 22 & 23 JUN 2023, 7:30PM

An electronic text display placed near the stage will provide real-time description of what the actors are saying or singing, as well as the sound effects and music used on stage. Please book seats in Balcony 1 for the best view of the captions.

 AUDIO-DESCRIBED PERFORMANCE WITH TOUCH TOUR
1 JUL 2023, 2:30PM & 7:30PM (TOUCH TOUR STARTS AT 1:15PM)

A live commentary on the visual elements of HOTEL will be offered throughout the show, relayed to audience members via their own mobile devices and headphones. There will be an accompanying tactile tour of the stage, set and props.

Get closer to the drama in these insightful post-show discussions with the cast and creative team after the show!

14 JUN 2023
28 JUN 2023

If you would like to attend a talkback, we highly recommend booking tickets for the accompanying performances as these dialogues will include spoilers for the show.

Munah Bagharib
Rebecca Ashley Dass
Brendon Fernandez
Ghafir Akbar
Ivan Heng
André Jewson
Jo Kukathas
Dwayne Lau
Lee Chee Keng
Moo Siew Keh
Pam Oei
Oon Shu An
Siti Khalijah Zainal
Yap Yi Kai

Playwrights Alfian Sa’at & Marcia Vanderstraaten
Directors Ivan Heng & Glen Goei
Set Designer Wong Chee Wai
Costume Designer Theresa Chan
Hair Designer Ashley Lim
Make-Up Designer Bobbie Ng

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