LASALLE College of the Arts
Alep, Remy, Nizam and Risha – the only girl in the gang – all love their motorbikes. They remember the day they received their 2B licenses. They can tell bikes apart from the purring of the engines. And they relish the easy give of a kickstarter under the soles of their feet.
Riders Know When It’s Gonna Rain is a coming-of-age story of friendship that blossoms in the little-known, frequently misunderstood mat moto subculture in Singapore. It captures the bright, reckless spirit of youth: from the desire to rebel and an addiction to danger, to the fierce loyalty that springs up between kindred spirits. When their adventures take an unexpected detour, the four childhood friends learn that the road to adulthood can be bumpy and treacherous.
Written with an insider’s intimate understanding of the culture and lingo of Singapore’s motorbiking community, Nessa Anwar’s tough, tender play is an affecting portrait of youths living in the fast lane.
Riders Know When It's Gonna Rain was first commissioned for and performed at the 2015 Singapore Writers Festival, as part of Checkpoint Theatre’s ‘What I Love About You Is Your Attitude Problem’.
Performed in English and Malay, with English surtitles.
Riders Know When It's Gonna Rain was presented by W!LD RICE at the Singapore Theatre Festival 2016 as a Double-Bill with Hawa.
CREATIVE & PRODUCTION TEAM
Written by Nessa Anwar
Directed by Adli 'Alin' Mosbit
Lighting Designer Helmi Fita
Sound Designer James Lye
Production Manager Xu Xin'en
Stage Manager Afifah Buang
Producer Tony Trickett
“One of the best scenes involves Raimi Safari and Riduan Zalani polishing a Vespa. The care bestowed on the bike while the friends banter and sing is the tender heart of this play worn on its tough leather sleeve.”The Straits Times
“Heart swollen to the point of breaking and bursting like a dam. Too many thoughts and feelings for a quick update to encompass. Besides being beautiful and poignant and clever, also such important writing which brought me back to my 20s growing up in the minority subcultures of Singapore which more needs to be written about. If you can possibly watch this, you should.”Pooja Nansi
“Riders is both chatty exposé and cautionary tale – an ode to the world of riding and a warning against the dangers of doing so recklessly. It may not always cruise along at a perfect speed but this is one road trip to remember.”Crystalwords