15 May 2019 – 26 May 2019 @ The Necessary Stage Black Box, Marine Parade Community Building


There is no past without colonisation, and there is no future without it.

As we commemorate the bicentennial of the founding of Singapore, let us take a moment to express our gratitude to our founding father/s for their foresight in transforming Singapore from a small fishing village to a global metropolis. We are civilised!

Let's marvel at how, all over the world, our land has been plundered, our laws kept archaic and our freedoms curtailed by those in power. Let us honour our pursuit of economic success and excess [nothing less will do], as we continue to colonise today — through money, discrimination and land conquests, even in space. We are civilised!

Because after all, through colonisation, we are civilised! We are also schooled and silenced. 

Written by Haresh Sharma and directed by Alvin Tan, Civilised by The Necessary Stage is a groundbreaking new work that takes you on a wild ride through the complications and violence of colonisation past, present and future. 

Written by: Haresh Sharma
Directed by: Alvin Tan

Featuring: Edith Podesta, Ghafir Akbar, Koh Wan Ching, Lian Sutton, Siti Khalijah Zainal

Dramaturg: Melissa Lim
Set Designer: Vincent Lim
Lighting Designer: Adrian Tan
Costume Designer: Max Tan, Yuan Zhiying (MAX.TAN) 
Multimedia Designer: He Shuming 

Production Stage Managers: Azyyati Alias, Samantha Chia
Assistant Stage Manager: Jovetta Tan

Sound Operator: Manoj Kumar
Lighting Operators/Programmers: Tan Yi Kai, Chia Run Jin
Lighting Technician: Tai Zi Feng
Multimedia Operator: Jovyn Loh
Lighting & Multimedia Technician: Syahrudin Pasha Dasa
Crew: Ariel Lim, Cheryl Low

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Civilised (2019), Review
Civilised “Tear up the maps” – this line is repeated many times during one segment of the play, as well as printed on the front page of the programme. It is an incitement to an inherently violent act, of metaphorically re-claiming one’s land and rights that have been wrongfully claimed. But the play is not naïve enough to suggest that such an act would be effective; it does quite the opposite, highlighting the futility of trying to decolonise in today’s dark times. Following on the heels of another pl
Jocelyn Chng
Reviewed: 16 May 2019