3 - 20 Jul 2013
Flexible Performance Space
LASALLE, College of the Arts, Singapore
Dreamplay: Asian Boys Vol. 1 is a campy, fabulous extravaganza charting the journey of a goddess, Agnes, after she descends to earth. Armed with fantastic powers, she is on a heroic mission: ‘to save gay men from themselves’.
And thus Agnes lands in Singapore, where a mysterious guide called ‘Boy’ offers to show her around. They travel through time, meeting with horny, sweaty rickshaw coolies, love-doomed resistance fighters during the Japanese Occupation, and the lonely drifters of a virtual landscape known in the ’90s as the ‘Internet Relay Chat’.
Blending the divine with the profane, by turns harrowing and hilarious, Dreamplay is a fabulous tour through Singapore’s history, throwing light and fairy dust at the little-known beginnings of an alternative community on the island. Written unapologetically at the tentative turn of the millennium, it has rightly earned its place as one of the pioneering works in Singaporean queer theatre.
Rating: R18 (Homosexual Theme)
Dreamplay: Asian Boys Vol. 1 is the first installment of Alfian Sa’at’s Asian Boys Trilogy. Written when the playwright was 23 years old, it premiered at the Necessary Stage Black Box and ran for three weeks.
Subsequently, excerpts of the play were read as part of the Singapore Season in London in 2005, with drag queen standup extraordinaire Kumar playing the lead role of Agnes.
Dreamplay: Asian Boys Vol. 1 was nominated for Best Script at the Life! Theatre Awards in 2001. The cast won Best Ensemble at the same awards.
In directing this revival, Ivan Heng completes his interpretation of the Asian Boys Trilogy, after having helmed both Landmarks: Asian Boys Vol. 2 (2004) and also Happy Endings: Asian Boys Vol. 3 (2007). Jo Kukathas stars in the lead role of Agnes, joined by actors from earlier productions of Asian Boys Vol. 1 (Peter Sau), Vol. 2 (Tan Shou Chen) and Vol. 3 (Koey Foo), along with Rodney Oliveiro and Caleb Goh.
CREATIVE & PRODUCTION TEAM
Playwright Alfian Sa’at
Director Ivan Heng
Set Designer CK Chia
Lighting Designer Mac Chan
Sound Designer The Gunnery – Azmi Jaffar, Paul Searles, Ben Rosen
Costume Designer Theresa Chan
Hair Designer Ashley Lim
Make-Up Designer Beno Lim (M.A.C.)
Production Manager Leong Mun Hoi
Stage Manager Justina Khoo
Producer Tony Trickett
Tan Shou Chen
"The work comes with raucous gags and easy laughs, and Alfian’s early writing is gilded with a wide-eyed hopefulness and a raw lyricism that mixes gleeful camp and brash, in-your-face humour…"SPH The Straits Times Life!
"Wild and witty, fractious and funny, Dreamplay: Asian Boys Vol. 1 is easily one of the most entertaining and satisfying productions of the year."The Business Times
"This play is campy and physically comedic, and has enough laughs and fun for all."blogcritics.org
"Dreamplay is captivatingly humorous in its explicit vulgarity, witty wordplay, blatant allusions and playful meta-theatricality; two hours of excitement and laughter, many more after, of adoration and impression."poachedmag.com
The Straits Times Life! Theatre Awards 2014 NOMINATIONS
- Best Director - Ivan Heng
- Best Lighting Design - Mac Chan
- Best Ensemble