What an incredible 2018 we’ve had! Over the past year, we entertained, thrilled and challenged you with 9 new works. Made in Singapore by some of our finest talents, WILD RICE’s shows were attended by more than 27,000 people.
Thank you for your support and encouragement, which inspires us to reach for the stars.
2019 will be a groundbreaking year for the company, with the opening of our brand-new state-of-the-art theatre at Funan.
Please join us in looking back on what we shared in 2018 – and find out what’s to come in 2019.
Till next we meet, here’s wishing you and yours a joyful, bountiful and beautiful 2019!
My best, as always,
Cultural Medallion 2013
Founding Artistic Director
2018 in Review
Few arts events in Singapore compare to the scale, breadth and depth of the Singapore Theatre Festival. This year, WILD RICE produced all eight shows that dazzled and delighted audiences over three weeks at LASALLE College of the Arts. Each show was a celebration of new voices and original writing – telling the stories that matter, the stories that need to be told, the stories that make us who we are.
“WILD RICE’s festival, which has been through five editions since 2006, is one of the high points of Singapore’s arts calendar for me. Over the past 12 years, this festival has offered me some of the most engaging, inspirational, infuriating and frustrating theatre experiences I’ve had the pleasure of watching.”Ong Sor Fern,The Straits Times
Eight of Singapore’s best playwrights – from the established to the new and undiscovered – explored issues as diverse and complex as press freedom, inequality, care for the aged, toxic masculinity, race and gender.
Veteran playwrights (Tan Tarn How’s Press Gang and Alfian Sa’at’s An Actress Prepares) shared the spotlight with new voices (Thomas Lim’s Supervision, Ruth Tang’s Building A Character, Neo Hai Bin’s When The Cold Wind Blows, Chong Woon Yong’s G.F.E., Sanmu’s One Metre Square: Voices From Sungei Road and Pam Oei’s Faghag).
Helmed by some of our most experienced directors, with top-notch designers and actors, each of the new plays went through months of rigorous development and rehearsals before being staged. The fact that most shows were sold-out affirms our belief that there is an audience who are prepared to take risks with us, to have their minds blown by more audacious and challenging work.
Throughout the Festival, we also programmed a series of complementary forums and events to inspire audiences to think more deeply about the plays they had encountered, and how they resonated for our times.
For one very special evening, aliens, superheroes and other Unidentified Fabulous Objects partied the night away in Singapore’s Shangri-La Hotel! Out Of This World, the latest edition of our annual fundraising gala event, raised $1.275 million with the kind support of 700 guests. The funds raised will directly support our 2019 programming and our brand-new theatre.
Last, but most certainly not least, we brought the year to a magical end with A $ingapore Carol – our very special adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic novella. Directed by Hossan Leong, with a book by Jonathan Lim and music by Elaine Chan, the show was a perfect way to celebrate the holiday season. It reminded us all of the importance of love and kindness: a message that a company totalling 107, both on stage and behind the scenes, worked incredibly hard to share with audiences.
“Crazy hilarious and overflowing with fun… always 100% local. A must-watch!”8 DAYS
With the kind and generous support of our donors, WILD RICE forged ahead with our mission to make theatre accessible to everyone.
Through our Gift Of Theatre initiative, we worked with 15 community organisations to give away 500 tickets to at-risk youths, underprivileged families, the elderly and disabled, as well as migrant workers.
We also made available 500 “W!LD & Free” tickets to enable young people under the age of 25 to attend the Singapore Theatre Festival.
Last, but not least, we extended our collaboration with the Singapore Association for the Deaf to offer four sign-language interpreted performances for the Deaf community.
On behalf of all the beneficiaries of our Theatre Access Fund, we wish to express our heartfelt thanks to all who made a donation.
To 2019 & Beyond!
Years in the planning, designing and building, our dream of having our very own theatre will finally come to fruition in 2019.
WILD RICE @ Funan promises to be a groundbreaking arts venue that will be a home for WILD RICE and an iconic destination for Singapore theatre.
Envisaged by our Artistic Director Ivan Heng and our Executive Director Tony Trickett, the theatre is designed by award-winning Singapore architects Zarch Collaboratives and Charcoalblue, an internationally renowned design consultancy that has helped build some of the world’s most exciting theatres.
We are currently putting the final touches on a truly remarkable season of eight shows that celebrate everything our theatre scene has to offer – a season that will showcase the capacity of our new space to provide an unrivalled theatrical experience for audiences. We will be announcing the season in the next few weeks, so please stay tuned.
Thank you once again for your support. We look forward to welcoming you to our new home!