The Year of No Return (2021)

20 May 2021 – 22 May 2021 @ Victoria Theatre


Every day, we are inundated with dire consequences of the climate emergency.

In the face of this threat to humanity, what do we do? Recycle? Switch to environmentally-friendly products? Be a vegan? Stop having children? What can we do—and do our actions even matter?

Why do we have such different responses to climate change? What makes one a denialist, or another to commit acts of civil disobedience in the name of climate justice?

Can we as individuals, and collectively, affect change? Or will politics and profit dictate the fate of this planet—our only home?

A ground-breaking interdisciplinary collaboration with artists from Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines and Singapore, The Year of No Return by Singapore theatre company The Necessary Stage seeks to unravel the complications and contradictions in humanity’s responses to climate change. This hybrid production incorporating live performance and video presentation seeks to question whether we live in an age of despair - or one of hope in the dark.

In-Theatre Performances: 21 - 22 May 2021

Video On-Demand: 5 - 12 June 2021

Co-Writers: Haresh Sharma, Rody Vera 
Director: Alvin Tan

Main Cast:
Chihiro Hirai
Marco Viaña
Rody Vera
Siti Khalijah Zainal
Sukania Venugopal
Tan Guo Lian Sutton

Ariel Lim
Ezzafatin Aslam
Isaac Lim Jue Hao
Jaclyn Magdalene Rajendran
Rajkumar Thiagaras
Jovetta Tan 

Dancers: Edin Handali, Jereh Leong 
Voiceover Actor: Karen Tan

Dramaturg: Melissa Lim
Choreographer and Movement Director: Goh Shou Yi 
Set Designer: Wong Chee Wai
Lighting Designer: Yo Shao Ann
Sound Designer and Composer: Ng Jing 
Costume Designer: MAX.TAN
Multimedia Designer: Jasmine Ng
Multimedia Co-Designer: Hanafi Haffidz 

Production Stage Manager: Samantha Chia
Assistant Stage Managers: Jovetta Tan, Nadya Gerhard

Sound Operators: Muhammad Taufiq bin Sawal
Multimedia Operators: Christer Jon Aplin
Lighting Operator and Programmer: Yvonne Mok 
Motion Graphics Team: Erica Tan, Chua Khai Xin, Lee Jing Wei
Production Intern: Manisha Devdas Sawlani 
Project Manager: Nicole Lim 

(Source: The Necessary Stage Archives)

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Haresh Sharma
Rody Vera
Playwright, Cast
Alvin Tan
Chihiro Hirai
Marco Viaña