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// May 2014 // Issue No. 14


Earnest in Macau!

Dear friends and W!LD RICE Angels,

Tonight, The Importance Of Being Earnest opens in Macau. It's been an incredible journey that started back in 2009, when our groundbreaking, all-male production of Oscar Wilde's classic play opened to sold-out audiences and great critical acclaim. 49 performances in Singapore later, including a re-staging just last year, we're thrilled to be bringing the show to the 25th Macau Arts Festival and the exquisite Dom Pedro Theatre in Macau: the oldest Western-style theatre in China. Somehow, we think that Wilde would be pleased to know that – close to 120 years later – his work still lives, and will be performed over this weekend by an all-male, all-Asian cast in China.

This production – and this tour – would not be possible without the support and encouragement of so many generous, warm-hearted people. We'd like to extend our most heartfelt gratitude to Goh Ching Lee of Culture Link, the National Arts Council, the Singapore International Foundation and all of our sponsors. Most importantly, we would like to thank you, for having joined us in nurturing and honing this show by being a member of the audience. Tonight, we are immensely proud to be flying the Singapore flag high in Macau!

As we get ready for the first of our sold-out shows this weekend, take a peek at our travel diary and see what goes into bringing a production like Earnest on tour. In this issue, we also take a look back at The House Of Bernarda Alba in our interviews with lighting designer Lim Yu-Beng and assistant director Marcia Vanderstraaten. It's hard to believe that production closed just six weeks ago; even now, we can't get it out of our minds! Last but certainly not least, we check in with our young & W!LD company, and find out what they've been doing to get ready for their first public showcase in August.

My best,

Hot Off The Press!

A very Earnest trip to Macau

Taking a show on the road is a massive undertaking - but it's a lot of fun too! From rehearsals to transporting the set, cast and crew overseas, find out how The Importance Of Being Earnest is taking Macau by storm! Read more...

A Light In The Dark

Lim Yu-Beng: actor, choreographer, and yes, lighting designer. Yu-Beng chats with us about creating walls and windows out of light in The House Of Bernarda Alba. Read more...

Vital assistance

With The House Of Bernarda Alba, Marcia Vanderstraaten had the opportunity to work closely with director Glen Goei to learn more about the art, craft and sheer hard work of making theatre. She chats with us about what she learnt in her role as assistant director. Read more...

Forever young... & W!LD!

Check in with the third cohort of young & W!LD, a group of 16 immensely talented young people who are raring to hone their craft as theatre practitioners. We peek into their weekly workshops, as the participants develop and refine their monologues ahead of their first public showcase. Read more...

The house is open

You've seen Jane Chia at many a W!LD RICE show - she's an invaluable part of our front-of-house team. She talks to us about what she hopes to learn from joining the third cohort of young & W!LD. Read more...

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