Staged: What's Coming Up In The Local Theatre Scene

13 May – 5 June 2016
KC Arts Centre – Home of SRT
$40 – $55
1 hr 30 mins
Falling examines the relationship between a family and their 18-year-old, severely autistic son, Josh (Andrew Marko). Tami and Bill (Tan Kheng Hua and Adrian Pang) do their best to raise Josh and cope with the amount of extraordinary attention he requires, while Lisa (Fiona Lim), their rebellious 16-year-old daughter, never ceases to voice out her (however scathing) opinions. Visiting grandmother (Neo Swee Lin) expresses care in her own strongly religious manner. However, the delicate balance of the family’s life soon becomes shattered, and they must cope with a literal matter of life and death.
Each performance also features a post-show dialogue on autism, where caregivers and experts will share their experience, anecdotes and knowledge on the support for autism. More details are available on the website.
Singapore Improv Festival
3 – 5 June 2016
Centre 42
$20 – $25
Seven shows. Six workshops. 30 hours of improv.
Immerse yourself in the world of spontaneous comedy as The Improv Company launches the first ever Singapore Improv Festival. Be blown away by spontaneous theatre that has no set nor a script, so all you’re seeing are characters, stories, music, and on-the-spot dialogue, sometimes with a little help from the audience. If you’re up to the challenge, you can also attend any of their workshops to hone your own skills and see if you can out-improv the performers!
Ghost Writer
9 – 12 June 2016
Studio Theatre, The Necessary Stage (Singapore)
$35 ($28 tickets available for students, NSFs and seniors)
1 hr 30 mins
Witness the collision of the lives of three people: a young dancer who’s traditional training has caused her to feel alienated and dislocated within her country’s artistic practice, a new expatriate wife who struggles to reinvent herself yet remains detached from her immediate reality, and a teacher who’s quest to save a school she inherited leaves her feeling lonelier than ever. Helmed by Cultural Medallion recipients Alvin Tan and Haresh Sharma of The Necessary Stage, Ghost Writer aims to examine the tension and harmony that can result of the ties that bind – and suffocate – us.
The Twenty-Something Theatre Festival
9 – 12 June, 16 – 19 June 2016
Goodman Arts Centre
$20 and above
Inspired by all the twenty-something creatives she has collaborated with in the course of her career, Tan Kheng Hua’s new theatre festival features original plays by (yes) twenty-something playwrights. The catch? All the writers worked without the guidance of a mentor or a theatre company. Expect eight brand-new plays that explore topics from gender to death to culture.
Singapore Theatre Festival 2016
30 June – 24 July 2016
LASALLE College of the Arts
$35 and above
Back for its fifth run, W!LD RICE’s iconic blockbuster festival presents eight exciting, thought-provoking plays that explore “new ways of seeing and thinking” while being confronted by today’s contemporary issues. Tackling various Singaporean themes, the plays are set to be equally hilarious, witty, challenging, and heartbreaking. Aside from a re-run of the hit HOTEL – a tale that brings us through 100 years of Singapore’s history – the festival also promises brand-new plays such as My Mother Buys Condoms and Grandmother Tongue. Particularly striking is a re-working of Alfian Sa’at’s GRC (Geng Rebut Cabinet), which explores the election campaign season within a society where Malays form the majority of the population.
Featured Image: HOTEL by W!ld Rice