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April 2015 || Issue No. 24

A Public Affair

Dear friends,

After months of planning and hard work, the curtain finally went up on Public Enemy last week. The production has received unanimous rave reviews from both critics and audiences. A very big thank you to all of you who have come to the show and contacted us with your kind words and congratulations. Tickets are selling fast, so please book seats to join us in the theatre if you haven’t done so already!

It’s a great thrill for me to be back onstage in Public Enemy. Performing what I feel is one of the greatest roles ever written for an actor, I’m reminded every day of just how much I love acting. Do you know what’s the one thing I must have while I’m working on my character? Find out in this issue, in which we also chat about the play and its themes with two of my fellow cast members – Serene Chen, who plays my loving and long-suffering wife; and Gerald Chew, a Singaporean businessman whose support for my character’s cause may be wavering.

Elsewhere in this issue, we connect with Ms. Wong Chung Yee of OCBC Bank, who tells us about her company’s commitment to the arts and its support for W!LD RICE for over a decade. Re-live the electric atmosphere of our gala night for Public Enemy, even as you wander into the lorongs of Geylang with young & W!LD’s sexy new production.

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

My best,

Hot Off The Press!

A Tough Act to Follow

Ivan Heng hasn’t had the opportunity to create a new role onstage in three years. That’s why he particularly relishes playing the part of Dr. Thomas Chee in Public Enemy. We talk to Ivan about creating one of the most challenging roles in the world’s theatre canon, his personal process and his love for acting. Read more...

For Better or Worse

What’s it like to be married to a Public Enemy? Serene Chen tells us about going through thick and thin with her idealistic husband, and reading in between the lines of the play to find her character. Read more...

Business As Usual

In Public Enemy, Gerald Chew plays pragmatic businessman Lim Hock Seng – a character first created by Henrik Ibsen 133 years ago, but who could easily be living in Singapore today. Gerald chats with us about drawing inspiration for his character from Singapore as a global financial city, his own life and collaborating with director Glen Goei. Read more...

Taking it to the Bank

It’s not easy to make top-quality theatre without breaking the bank. Fortunately for W!LD RICE, we’ve enjoyed the kind support of OCBC Bank over the years. We spoke with Ms. Wong Chung Yee, OCBC’s Head of Core Cards and Commercial Cards, about OCBC’s support for the arts in general, and W!LD RICE in particular.

In Other News...

A Public Affair

Re-live the magic of our Gala Premiere with us!

Head into Geylang with young & W!LD!

Explore Singapore's most colourful district in a brand new play by our youth division!
Find out more...

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