CAFE

Directed By Hazel Ho
3 to 5 Dec 2020

Wild Rice @ Funan

It’s a perfectly ordinary day in a perfectly ordinary café in Singapore. Or is it?

Two old friends chat and snap selfies over plates of fried chicken and aglio olio pasta. The three wait-staff bicker and constantly refill cups of coffee while waiting for their shifts to end.

But something strange is brewing both inside and outside of the café. Perhaps it’s finally time to wake up and smell the coffee – if it’s not already too late to do so.

A darkly funny psychological thriller with a conscience, Café asks us all to take a good hard look at ourselves and the way we live in modern-day Singapore. What do we choose to confront… and what goes wilfully ignored? What do we tell ourselves to keep going in a harsh, unkind world? Is ignorance really bliss? And can we all be nicer to wait-staff, please?

Café was first staged at The Twenty-Something Theatre Festival in 2016.

IMDA Advisory: Advisory 16 (Mature Content and Coarse Language)

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About The Director

Hazel Ho was a co-founder and producer at The Improv Company. For seven years, she devoted her energies to the creation of a thriving, sustainable improv community in Singapore. She last directed Dear Jay by Euginia Tan at The Esplanade Theatre Studio in 2016. Hazel graduated from the National University of Singapore with a B.A. in Theatre Studies.

Adib Kosnan
Ants Chua
Darren Guo
Elizabeth Loh
Seong Hui Xuan

Written by Joel Tan
Directed by Hazel Ho
Lighting Designer Chong Wei Siong
Sound Designer Daniel Wong