LASALLE College of the Arts
“I do not think Singapore is ready… There are gay groups in Singapore, there are gay people in Singapore and they have a place to stay here and we let them live their own lives. And we do not harass them or discriminate against them. But neither, I think, if you ask most Singaporeans, do we want the LGBT community to set the tone for Singapore society. The society is basically a conservative one.”
– Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, 4 June 2015
What is it like to grow up different in a country where laws, morality and the media dictate what is normal? Who gets to determine what constitutes harassment and discrimination against minorities? Is Singapore society really as conservative as we’re often told it is? Can this country truly be a home for everyone, regardless of race, language, religion, sexual orientation and gender identity?
Based on frank, funny and sometimes fabulous interviews conducted with over 50 brave and inspiring individuals, Let’s Get Back Together is an original testimonial theatre piece exploring the realities that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people face on a daily basis in Singapore. Even as the rest of the world begins to wake up to the idea that LGBT rights are human rights, Let’s Get Back Together sheds light on the trials and triumphs of these individuals as they grapple with issues of faith, identity and acceptance.
Let's Get Back Together was presented by Red Pill Productions as part of the Singapore Theatre Festival 2016.
CREATIVE & PRODUCTION TEAM
Written by Kenneth Chia & Mark Ng (in collaboration with Kimberly Arriola)
Directed by Mark Ng
Lighting Designer TK Hay
Multimedia Designer Kimberly Ong
Costume Designers Tan Jia Hui & Augustina Ongah
Production & Stage Manager Muhammad Sufiyan Bin Adam
Producers Pamela Lai & Perry Felix Shen
“There are also stories of acceptance, love and friendship from those who do not identify as queer, stories that are all the more powerful for being true. The characters mature on stage, coming to terms with their own identities, and so do their families and friends. A wistful hope lingers that this might one day be true for the country as a whole and that, one day, the unfamiliar part of this performance will be the cliché.”The Straits Times
“It’s quite a task to not only interview over 50 people but to also compile their voices into a play. Kudos especially to the ensemble of six actors in Let’s Get Back Together who draw us into the interviewees’ stories with such heart… particularly Ruzaini Mazani, Zachary Ibrahim and Jo Tan, who deserve a mention for how they sensitively portrayed different characters.”The Business Times
“It’s a masterful show of stagecraft that underscores the theme that no matter how different we are, we’re all still human.”Yahoo! Singapore
“LGBT is refreshingly honest and down to earth… Thanks to some very capable members of the ensemble, LGBT brings across exactly the message it is going for – a cry for understanding of what it means to be queer in 21st century Singapore and the obstacles preventing queers from living a ‘normal’ life.”Bakchormeeboy
“Brutally honest… hitting you right in the gut with raw, relatable emotion.”Justwatchlah.com
“Powerful… the group took it up a notch in the realm of LGBT literature.”Popspoken