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Our 2016 in Review - and Onward to 2017!

Dear Friend,

2016 has been one of W!LD RICE’s busiest and most ambitious seasons yet. We have produced cutting-edge theatre that’s bold and challenging, but also diverse and accessible. We couldn’t have pulled it off without your enthusiastic support for what we do and for the arts in Singapore. At this very special time of reflection and celebration, we’d like to thank you for believing in W!LD RICE, and for making memories and magic with us.

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Our season got off to a W!LD start with the 2016 Singapore Theatre Festival. From 30 June to 24 July 2016, the Festival welcomed more than 20,000 audience members to LASALLE College of the Arts. 95% of tickets were snapped up, making this the most successful and well-attended incarnation of the Festival to date.
The Festival featured a diverse line-up of eight new plays by some of Singapore’s most exciting playwrights – from the established and emerging, to the undiscovered. HOTEL, the critically acclaimed epic co-written by Alfian Sa’at and Marcia Vanderstraaten, served as the cornerstone of the entire programme.
HOTEL shared the limelight with works by first-time playwrights (Thomas Lim’s Grandmother TongueHelmi Yusof’s My Mother Buys Condoms and Nessa Anwar’s Riders Know When It’s Gonna Rain), as well as revivals (Alfian Sa’at’s GRC - Geng Rebut Cabinet, Johnny Jon Jon’s Hawa, Kenneth Chia and Mark Ng’s Let’s Get Back Together and Rodney Oliveiro’s Geylang).
We are especially proud that the Festival programme gave voice to people from all walks of life, including those who are minorities or who come from marginalised communities in Singapore. The eight featured plays inspired reflection, conversation and debate regarding hot-button topics such as race, religion, politics, gender, sexuality and ageism.
More than a thousand people flocked to the FEST!VITIES that took place in and around the Festival. These events, including the thought-provoking Art & Life Sessions and late-night cabarets, were free of charge, and created an opportunity for the general public to deepen their experience of the plays, as well as engage with leading academics, activists and artists.
In early October, we held our annual fundraising RICE BALL, cheekily themed XXX: The Very W!LD RICE BALL. Presented by Hublot for the fifth year running, the event was X-quisite, X-traordinary and X-hilarating – a thrilling affair that celebrated Singapore’s finest talents while raising money to help secure the future of W!LD RICE!
We couldn’t think of a better way to round off the year than Monkey Goes West, one of the funniest and most heartfelt pantomimes we have ever staged. We truly believe that this incredible show – with its brilliant script, fantastic music and world-class design – has set the standard, not just for a pantomime, but for local musicals. After 34 performances that tickled and touched audiences, our hearts definitely broke a little
In addition to our main season, the fourth cohort of young & W!LD, our education and youth division, began their 18-month journey of discovery earlier this year. In collaboration with programme directors Rodney Oliveiro and Serena Ho, the ensemble staged When S#!T Hits The Fam, their first original showcase about the trials and tribulations of family life. It’s been an honour to watch these eight young talents grow and gain confidence as artists. Watch out for their next two showcases in 2017, beginning in February with Crossings: a brand-new tragicomedy about how our choices in life can lead us down the path of self-destruction - or self-discovery.
Even as 2016 draws to a close, we’ve already begun working hard on next year’s Greatest Hits Season. Preparations are well underway for La Cage Aux Folles, our completely re-imagined production of this award-winning musical that’s all about staying true to oneself.
Take to the skies with Boeing Boeing, a side-splitting comedy hit directed by Pam Oei – who’s taking on pilot duties after playing a stewardess in the original production.
Following its sold-out premiere at the 2016 Singapore Theatre Festival, Grandmother Tongue returns to explore identity and language through a young man’s struggles to connect with his 84-year-old Teochew-speaking grandmother.
Last, but certainly not least, Mama White Snake transports the classic Chinese folk tale to Singapore in this cheeky pantomime about what it means to raise a child and what makes a family. I’m excited to be playing Green Snake alongside Glen Goei, who, in playing the titular role, will be making his return to the Singapore stage!
We can’t wait to welcome you to the theatre next year for a season of shows that will inspire, entertain and touch your hearts. Until we meet again, here’s wishing you an abundance of peace, happiness, love and laughter for the holiday season – and in the year to come!
Sincerely Yours,

Ivan Heng 
Founder & Artistic Director
WILD RICE Ltd, 65 Kerbau Road, Singapore 219188
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