W!LD RICE proudly presents the 2016 Singapore Theatre Festival, a thrilling theatrical event about a nation on the edge and the people who live, love and dream in it. At a time when Singapore is poised between its storied past and the uncertain future, dive into the eight hilarious, heartbreaking, witty and whimsical works that make up the Festival.
From the disarmingly intimate to the startlingly epic, these plays will open your eyes, touch your hearts and blow your minds. For four exhilarating weeks, come and be a part of this thought-provoking season of new and original Singaporean writing!
About the Singapore Theatre Festival
Established in 2006, the Singapore Theatre Festival is an event dedicated to celebrating contemporary Singaporean theatre. Hailed as “the main event in the world of the arts” (The Straits Times, 2006) and the “Blockbuster Event of the Year” (TODAY, 2008), the Festival aims to provide a creative, nurturing and optimistic environment for the development of new and original plays. Since 2006, the Festival has produced 16 World Premieres of new Singapore writing.
To add to the FEST!VITIES, a series of exciting activities have been planned to give audiences the opportunity to delve deeper into the themes and inspirations of the Festival. These include the ART & LIFE SESSIONS, a series of free forums about the urgent issues of the day; and THE FEST!VAL CLUB, where audiences and artists can unwind while discovering new talents in stand-up comedy and musical theatre.
To find out more about the Festival, please visit www.singaporetheatrefestival.com
Featuring the work of 9 Playwrights, 8 Directors and 4 Companies, the plays tell stories of contemporary Singapore and give voice to people from all walks of life: from the young and the old, to minorities and the marginalised, including members of the LGBT, Teochew and motorbiking communities. The plays also span a range of genres and forms, encompassing written and devised works as well as verbatim theatre. From the disarmingly intimate to the startlingly epic, these plays will open your eyes, touch your hearts and blow your minds.
- Riders Know When It's Gonna Rain
- Let's Get Back Together
- Grandmother Tongue
- GRC (Geng Rebut Cabinet)
- My Mother Buys Condoms
To find out more about the Festival, please visit www.singaporetheatrefestival.com.
Recognising that theatre does not begin or end with the rise and fall of the curtain, a programme of FEST!VITIES at LASALLE’s Lowercase Café has been planned. The Art & Life Sessions will feature prominent public personalities reflecting on the issues of the day in a series of lively forums that are free to the public. Audiences can also kick back and relax in the Festival Club with Drag Attack, Songs of Protest and Stand Up for Singapore, a late-night programme that shines a spotlight on emerging and established talents in the respective fields of drag, music and stand-up comedy. Audiences will also have the opportunity to meet the artists involved in each production, as well as to enrol in a playwriting workshop led by Alfian Sa’at.
THE ART & LIFE SESSIONS
What is it in real LIFE that inspires the ART onstage?
How does ART relate to, engage with, and resonate with LIFE?
The ART & LIFE SESSIONS is a series of free lively forums about the urgent issues of the day. Engage with some of the most forward-thinking minds of “the concerned citizenry” – including artists, activists, academics and politicians – to exchange views and opinions about the pressing issues of our times.
#01: ONE DIVIDED PEOPLE
10 JULY / SUNDAY 5.30PM / LOWERCASE CAFÉ
Join our panel of family counsellors and drag performers to discuss the ways in which sex and sexuality remain taboos for many Singaporeans, and how we can expand or defend the spaces for its various expressions.
#02: REGARDFUL OF RACE, LANGUAGE AND RELIGION
17 JULY / SUNDAY 5.30PM / LOWERCASE CAFÉ
Join our panel of legal experts and inter-faith activists as we examine the ways in which public discussions about hot-button issues such as race, language and religion are policed – both by society and by ourselves.
#03: HISTORY, HIS STORY, WHOSE STORY?
24 JULY / SUNDAY 5.30PM / LOWERCASE CAFÉ
Join our panel of historians, writers and filmmakers to unpack the official and alternative versions of ‘The Singapore Story’, at a time when works questioning Singapore’s historical narrative have been disavowed by the government.
Moderators and participants to be confirmed.
THE FESTIVAL CLUB: AFTER HOURS
9 JULY / SATURDAY 10.30PM / LOWERCASE CAFÉ
Sexy. Raunchy. Naughty. Unleash your inner queen and dance the night away with a rainbow of drag performers who will charm, shock and titillate even as they demolish societal stereotypes and conventional concepts of gender.
SONGS OF PROTEST
16 JULY / SATURDAY 10.30PM / LOWERCASE CAFÉ
Inspired by the lyrical masterpieces of Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and Bob Marley, we invited some of Singapore’s best singer-songwriters and spoken-word artists to compose a ‘protest song’ (or poem or rap) for this very special event.
STAND UP FOR SINGAPORE
23 JULY / SATURDAY 10.30PM / LOWERCASE CAFÉ
Looking to have a W!LD, wicked night of fun, laughter and comedy? Join some of the nation’s finest stand-up comics for a raucous show that promises to tickle your funny bone as it excavates the lighter side to living in Singapore!
RANSACKING THE ARCHIVES: WRITING HISTORY INTO DRAMA
23 or 24 JULY / 10AM - 1PM
Join W!LD RICE’s Resident Playwright Alfian Sa’at as he takes you through various exercises to find inspiration for drama and fiction from historical documents. Through his experience of writing historical epic HOTEL, Alfian will share tips and strategies for turning ‘boring’ history into compelling works of art.
TALKBACK THURSDAY / FEEDBACK FRIDAY
Throughout the Festival, performances on Thursday and Friday nights will be followed by ‘Meet the Artists’ sessions in the respective theatre venues. Audience feedback plays a critical part in the development of new writing. These sessions give you the opportunity to share your experience of the play with your fellow audience members, as well as the playwrights, directors and actors who have worked tirelessly to create each show in the Festival.
To find out more about the FEST!VITIES, please visit www.singaporetheatrefestival.com.