3 - 20 Jul 2013
LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore
W!LD RICE presents Alfian Sa’at - In The Spotlight, a festival dedicated to showcasing the brilliant, witty, heartfelt work of one of Singapore’s finest playwrights.
The aim of W!LD RICE’s In The Spotlight series is to provide audiences with a representative survey of a local playwright’s body of work. More importantly, W!LD RICE hopes to examine how these works relate to one another and to today’s audiences.
W!LD RICE presents three works by our award-winning Resident Playwright, Alfian Sa’at. A highlight of the festival is the premiere of Cook a Pot of Curry, a brand new play that takes a hard look at the hot-button issue of immigration and the effect of changing demographics on Singapore culture.
W!LD RICE will also be staging two exciting revivals of Alfian’s previous works – Dreamplay: Asian Boys Vol. 1, a touchstone in Singapore's LGBT movement; and The Optic Trilogy, a meditation on love and loss that has made its way to Scandinavia and back.
Recognising that theatre does not begin and end with the rise and fall of the curtain, a series of exciting activities have been planned in and around the Festival. These include a new version of Alfian’s smash-hit play Cooling-Off Day, performed free-of-charge, and workshops that will explore the styles, themes and inspirations running through Alfian’s works.
Join us in the theatre - to laugh, cry, and think about our country, our heritage, our relationships and ourselves, through the prism of Alfian's sharp, insightful writing.
Singapore for Singaporeans?
7 July, 5.30pm / Lowercase
What is the value and meaning of citizenship? This forum will provide a rare opportunity for an intimate and frank discussion of immigration, xenophobia and the emergence of a local-foreigner divide in Singapore
Chasing Elusive Rainbows
14 July, 5.30pm / Lowercase
In conjunction with the play Dreamplay: Asian Boys Vol. 1, this forum will track the various gains and setbacks experienced by the LGBT community in Singapore, from Pink Dot to 377A. It asks how far the community has come, and whether Singapore will ever be ready to embrace it.
Cooling-Off Day Reloaded
12, 13 & 19 July, 10.15pm / Lowercase
Could Neo Swee Lin, Jo Kukathas, Janice Koh, Rodney Oliveiro, Najib Soiman and Peter Sau reunite for a special edition of the documentary play Cooling-Off Day, which captured the excitement surrounding the 2011 General Elections in Singapore.
In this installment, the texts will be performed by lottery, through a 'tikam-tikam' format involving audience participation. Taxi drivers will share the same stage as economists, while opposition politicians trade views with grassroots leader. Get set for a night of political pyrotechnics as Lowercase is transformed into our very own Speakers' Corner.
Writing the Unwritable: Exploring Taboos through Playwriting
6 & 13 July, 3pm / Room D201
Most writers feel that there are certain lines that should not be crossed in their writing. But how did such a policing emerge in the first place? How is our creativity blocked by this notion of the 'cop in the head'? In this workshop, Alfian Sa'at leads participants through exercises that allow them to confront their self-censoring fears - both real and imagined.
By examining forms such as allegory and satire, participants learn how to use certain forms to express the 'unwritable'. They will develop a keener appreciation of certain resources that are indispensible to good writing, namely: playfulness, irreverence and subversion.