ONE METRE SQUARE: VOICES FROM SUNGEI ROAD
19 - 22 July 2018
The Singapore Airlines Theatre, LASALLE College of the Arts
For decades, Singapore’s oldest flea market in Sungei Road was home to a community that made a living out of peddling their wares under the sweltering mid-day sun. In the one square metre of space allocated to each vendor, what was junk to some was treasure to others.
In July 2017, the Sungei Road Market was shut down by the authorities. In one fell swoop, 80 years of heritage and haggling were erased.
In the weeks before and after the market’s closure, playwright 三木 Sanmu interviewed dozens of Sungei Road vendors, as they confronted and eventually came to terms with the loss of their neighbourhood and livelihoods. Among the colourful characters he encounters are ‘The Businessman’, ‘The Poet’, ‘The Top Student’ and ‘Liang Po Po’.
In this provocative verbatim play about poverty, pragmatism and the price of progress, One Metre Square asks us to consider what we’ve lost one year after the Sungei Road Market has ceased to exist.
Performed in Mandarin, Hokkien and Cantonese, with English surtitles.
IMDA Rating: Advisory (Some Mature Content)
CREATIVE & PRODUCTION TEAM
Written by 三木 Sanmu
Directed by Zelda Tatiana Ng
Set Designer Grace Lin
Lighting designer Lim Woan Wen
Sound Designer/Engineer Bani Haykel
Multimedia Content Aik Beng Chia (ABC)
Hair Designer/ Stylist Ashley Lim
Make-up Designer The Make Up Room
Production Manager Pebble Tan
Stage Manager Vivi Agustina
Producer Tony Trickett
Ong Kian Sin
Tan Beng Tian
Tay Kong Hui
Yong Ser Pin
“Veteran theatre practitioner Zelda Tatiana Ng, succeeded in presenting a balanced range of views and emotions, from angry dissatisfaction to wistful resignation towards the loss of the vendors’ livelihood.”The Straits Times
“One Metre Square makes an effort to broaden the scope of its demise by presenting the views of others come to become involved…It is through this play that the team behind One Metre Square seeks to remind audiences that a single ending affects many more, and acts as a call to preserve the landscapes of today before they become a faded memory tomorrow.”Bakchormeeboy.com
“ One Metre Square by Wild Rice was a well-researched piece of verbatim theatre where actors' dialogue are made entirely from quotes by vendors and other stakeholders in the campaign to Save Sungei Road Market. For fans and regulars of the market, you will be delighted to see actors portray real life vendors like Mr Koh, Mr Chua and Liang Po Po. For us, it was poignant watching all that had happened since last February replay on stage.”Save Sungei Road Market
“The performance by the ensemble of five artists was passionate and spot-on. They presented perfectly the voices of ordinary Singaporeans. Very thankful that, in this capitalist society, there are still so many people who care. Who work so tirelessly to speak up for the marginalised communities in society. I'm grateful for everyone on and off-stage; you all have worked hard! Perhaps this is the only way to show that there is a trace of hope in a capitalist and utilitarian society like ours!"Chua Ngak Theng