Wild Rice to Re-Open Theatre With Acclaimed One-Woman Show, An Actress Prepares

  • 15 October 2020
Wild Rice announced the re-opening of its theatre complex in Funan in November. Alfian Sa’at’s An Actress Prepares will be the first show to play to live audiences in The Ngee Ann Kongsi Theatre since all performing arts venues were closed in March due to COVID-19.

Performed by acclaimed actor Siti Khalijah Zainal, this incisive one-woman show is based on Siti’s own experiences as she made a life and career for herself in the theatre.

An Actress Prepares is an intimate, insightful love letter to Singapore theatre,” says Ivan Heng, Founding Artistic Director of Wild Rice.

“Siti’s amazing story also speaks very much to the moment,” Heng elaborates. “It examines what it means to make art and theatre against all odds – to keep dreams alive, to persevere and to be true to oneself.”

“I couldn’t think of a better show to help us welcome audiences back to our home in Funan.”

Bringing audiences back to the theatre

Over the show’s three-week run, An Actress Prepares will welcome 50 guests per performance. This represents just one-seventh of The Ngee Ann Kongsi Theatre’s 350-seat capacity.

“We will be making a loss, given that our ability to sell tickets is so tightly restricted by safe-distancing requirements,” notes Heng.“Nonetheless, the safety of our cast, crew and audiences is of paramount importance.”

“We also feel that this is an important step in winning the confidence of audiences, hopefully leading to the recovery of our theatre scene.”

The production will take place depending on the government’s prevailing safety advisories regarding the resumption of live performances in November. It will be fully compliant with the safe management measures recommended by the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth and the National Arts Council.

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