27 July 2020 – 6 August 2020 @ Zoom, Online


This interactive theatrical experience will feature excerpts of Off Centre that traces the friendships that the protagonist, Vinod, forges—one with Charlie, his ex-classmate from Junior College, and another with Saloma, who—like Vinod—struggles with a mental health condition.

Can Vinod draw support from his friends, in the face of social prejudices against those suffering from mental illnesses? Will their friendships be able to withstand the personal conflicts that each of them experience?

Off Centre is a landmark play in the history of Singapore theatre, best remembered for presenting an honest and unflinching look at mental illness and the stigma surrounding it. Selected in 2007 by the Ministry of Education (MOE) as the first Singaporean play to be offered as a GCE O- and N-Level literature text, Off Centre is once again back on the syllabus since 2018.

Off Centre will be presented live via Zoom. To support teachers through this new format of presentation, there will be a teachers’ briefing session prior to the performance. Attendance is compulsory.

Playwright: Haresh Sharma
Director: Alvin Tan

Actor-Facilitators: Ghafir Akbar, Joshua Lim, Siti Khalijah Zainal
Facilitators: Masturah Oli, Sindhura Kalidas, Eleanor Tan, Muhammad Muazzam Amanah 

Project Manager: Natasha Fathin 

(Source: The Necessary Stage Archives)

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Haresh Sharma
Alvin Tan
Ghafir Akbar
Actor, Facilitator
Joshua Lim
Actor, Facilitator
Siti Khalijah Zainal
Actor, Facilitator
Masturah Oli
Sindhura Kalidas
Eleanor Tan


Off Centre
Off Centre was first staged by The Necessary Stage in 1993, under the direction of Alvin Tan. Despite some controversy on funding and censorship, the play was eventually performed to public and critical acclaim. Over the past 13 years, Off Centre has been made into an experimental feature film, published as part of a one-play series, adapted into a television movie, given a full reading in the UK, taught at a University in Kuala Lumpur and translated and staged as Otak Tak Centre in Kual
Haresh Sharma
Published: 2000