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W!LD TIMES

March 2015 || Issue No. 23

Dear friends and W!LD RICE Angels,

Rehearsals are in full swing for Public Enemy, the first show in our imagiNATION season. We've begun the hard but rewarding work of digging into the text and characters – excavating Henrik Ibsen's themes and exploring David Harrower's updated dialogue. In this issue, meet three of the key characters in Public Enemy – the Minister (Lim Kay Siu), the Journalist (Ghafir Akbar), and the Daughter (Yap Yi Kai), all of whom have their own agendas and ideas regarding the Public Enemy (that would be me!) in their midst.

The process of creating a work with fellow artists, trying to understand and reflect on the possibilities of our times, is greatly satisfying. Our reward is the connection we make with audiences. Nevertheless, we are thrilled and happy that the hard work of our creative artists has been recognised with ten nominations in the 2015 Life! Theatre Awards. Find out what our nominees for Monkey Goes West and The House of Bernarda Alba have to say about their nominations!

In this issue, we also chat with Wu Yahui of young & W!LD, as the ensemble prepares for its second showcase – Geylang – in May.

Enjoy W!LD TIMES, and see you at the theatre!

My best,
Ivan

Hot Off The Press!

Meet the Minister:
Lim Kay Siu plays politics

In Public Enemy, Lim Kay Siu plays politician Peter Chee, who resolves to keep order when his brother threatens to tell the world about the toxic water supply in Singapore. Kay Siu chats with us about getting under the skin of a character who holds opinions that are very different from his own. Read more...

Meet the Journalist:
Ghafir Akbar spins a story

We'll be seeing a lot of Malaysian actor Ghafir Akbar this year! Ghafir chats with us about making his Singapore stage debut in Public Enemy, the role of the media in society today, and working on three productions in W!LD RICE's imagiNATION season.
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Meet the Daughter:
Yap Yi Kai keeps it in the family

While on a break from studying law at NUS, Yap Yi Kai is taking on her biggest role yet! In Public Enemy, she plays Patricia Chee – one of the few people in her father's corner when he is shunned by everyone else for his opinions. Yi Kai chats with us about sharing her character's passion and working with W!LD RICE for the first time.
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LIFE!-Affirming!

Yesterday, the nominations for the 2015 Life! Theatre Awards were announced. W!LD RICE was honoured with ten nominations for its 2014 productions of Monkey Goes West and The House of Bernarda Alba. Find out what the nominees had to say on receiving the news! Read more...

young & W!LD: Wu Yahui

What does it mean to work in the arts? For Wu Yahui, it means working in the National Arts Council by day, and honing her skills as a theatre practitioner by night in young & W!LD. Yahui tells us about the lessons her job has taught her about the theatre industry, and her eye-opening journey of exploration in young & W!LD. Read more...

In Other News...

Join Our Ensemble Cast!

Get a unique perspective on the first show of our thrilling season!
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Seeking volunteers for Public Enemy!

Want to help out with front-of-house duties?
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FIRST STAGE!: Audition Notice

Do your kids want to be part of our holiday panto?
Read more...

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