招: WHEN THE COLD WIND BLOWS
12 - 15 July 2018
Creative Cube, LASALLE College of the Arts
I'm a long, long way from home
And I miss my family so
In the early morning march
When the cold wind blows
It has been ten years since Xavier Ong left National Service. And yet, he is still haunted by a recurring dream in which he is interrogated by a man in army uniform. Each time, Xavier has to revisit his days on Pulau Tekong. Like the first time he timidly touched his newly-shaved head. Or the first time he started using coarse language. And the time he was promoted to a Platoon Sergeant and became the kind of person he swore he would never turn into.
Written by Cut Kafka playwright Neo Hai Bin, 招: When The Cold Wind Blows is a bold, un inching look at one of Singapore’s most emblematic institutions: its military service. It asks whether training for war endows us with a capacity for violence – or merely uncovers something that has always been hiding within us.
招: When The Cold Wind Blows was developed in residence at Centre 42 in 2016.
Performed in Mandarin, with English surtitles.
IMDA Rating: Restricted 18 (Mature Content & Strong Coarse Language)
Late Seating Advisory: No admission will be allowed into the venue once performance has begun.
CREATIVE & PRODUCTION TEAM
Written by Neo Hai Bin
Directed by Thong Pei Qin
Set Coordinator Deena Shaqinah
Lighting designer Liu Yong Huay
Sound Designer Jing Ng
Hair Designer/ Stylist Ashley Lim
Make-up Designer The Make Up Room
Production Manager Pebble Tan
Stage Manager Abel Koh
Producer Tony Trickett
“这两场演出解析了新加坡男子面对的一些隐形压力，不断迫使着他们操演出一种典型的男性气概。野米剧场的这场演出打开一个鲜少受到关注的性别问题。These two performances analyse some of the invisible pressures faced by Singaporean men that force them to project a stereotypical masculinity… These performances by W!LD RICE reveals a gender issue that is rarely highlighted.”Lianhe Zaobao
"When The Cold Wind Blows provokes audiences into asking some deep seated questions about the system’s entrenchment of idealised toxic masculinity, manifested through punishment, swear words and obedience to authority."Bakchormeeboy.com
“ Despite its minimal set, 招 manages to surprise the audience at several points in the show; the first one thrusts the audience into full attention within seconds of lights coming up on stage.”Popspoken.com