5 - 15 July 2018

The Singapore Airlines Theatre, LASALLE College of the Arts

Press Gang

Written by Tan Tarn How
Directed by Ivan Heng

Former civil servant Chia Kin Jek joins The Singapore Times as a reporter, just as the paper’s long-time editor is sent on indefinite leave for an incendiary commentary implying the abuse of power at the highest echelons of government.

As his two deputy editors jockey for position in the power vacuum, a new rumour emerges. If made public, it could potentially take down the government of the day. Will the newspaper publish the story? Who will take over as the new editor? And in a battle between truth and power, who will win?

Bold, sharp and revealing, Press Gang plunges us into a newsroom in crisis and exposes the workings of the not-so-free press. Don’t miss this electrifying new play by former journalist Tan Tarn How, the playwright who created some of Singapore’s most masterful political satires (Fear of Writing, The Lady of Soul and Her Ultimate S Machine).

The 3pm performance on 15 July, Sunday, will be simultaneously interpreted in Singapore Sign Language (SgSL) for the deaf and hard-of-hearing.

IMDA Rating: Advisory 16 (Mature Content)


Reviews

“Written by acclaimed playwright Tan Tarn How, the story is indeed sharp and revealing… Press Gang is a play that boldly comments on the conditions and consequences of sharing inconvenient truths in a not-so-free press. Without a doubt, its themes are close to home…”Popspoken.com

“There is no lack of humor with the recent references to the political scene in Singapore and quirky behaviours of certain roles in the show.” – The Online Citizen

“Timely, genuinely thrilling and boldly tackling a difficult topic, Press Gang is a welcome return from one of Singapore’s sharpest playwrights, and a numbing wake-up call to begin the 2018 Singapore Theatre Festival.”Bakchormeeboy.com

“Press Gang is not just about Tan, The Straits Times or any single journalist. It’s about the political heart of Singapore.” – Mackerel.life

“Tan Tarn How’s Press Gang speaks an unprintable truth about Singapore’s news media… It is ultimately more honest about the national news media, than the national news media is about itself.” – South China Morning Post

“In Press Gang, Tan has crafted a narrative and characters that speak out to every Singaporean, and one that guarantees full interest and investment from the audience as we see the exciting plot unfold…Press Gang also used music and movement, along with connotative props and set pieces, to bring an already thrilling plot to a higher level of captivation…” – Blogcritics.org

Cast

Benjamin Chow
Shane Mardjuki
Oniatta Effendi
Rei Poh
T. Sasitharan
Amanda Tee
Yap Yi Kai

Creative Team

Written by Tan Tarn How
Directed by Ivan Heng
Assistant Director Theo Chen
Set Designer Chris Chua
Lighting Designer James Tan
Sound Designer Paul Searles
Costume Coordinator Glenna Ng
Hair Designer/ Stylist Ashley Lim
Make-up Designer The Make Up Room
Production Manager Pebble Tan
Stage Manager Melissa Teoh
Producer Tony Trickett

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