Those Who Can't, Teach (2010)

19 May 2010 – 21 May 2010 @ Drama Centre Theatre, National Library Building


Those Who Can’t, Teach is a classic of The Necessary Stage, first staged in 1990 as part of the Opening of The Substation. 20 years later, the original creative team of director Alvin Tan and playwright Haresh Sharma, will revisit, revive and revamp the play into a contemporary classic. Set in the backdrop of a secondary school, the play looks at the madcap lives of teachers and students, with often hilarious results. As the teachers struggle daily to ‘nurture and groom’, the students prefer to hang out and chillax. In the meantime, they all have to deal with the dreaded ‘parents’. With upskirting and facebooking, teaching and politicking, school has never been the same. Join the colourful cast of characters as they struggle to prove that Those Who CAN, Teach.

Creative Team

Written by: Haresh Sharma
Directed by: Alvin Tan

Set Designer: Vincent Lim
Sound Designer: Philip Tan 
Lighting Designer: Suven Chan 

Devised and Performed by: Najib Soiman, Neo Swee Lin, Rodney Oliveiro, Siti Khalijah Zainal, Ian Tan

Production Team

Production Stage Manager: Zhang Shan Shan
Assistant Stage Managers: Nur Khairiyah bte Ramli, Han Xuemei
Costume Coordinator: Molizah Mohter

Radio Mic Operator: Kate, Wang Fang
Lighting Operator: Yang Ming
Sound Operator: Ed-Linddi Ong
Surtitle Operator: Liew Jiayi 
Makeup Artist: Haslina Ismail

Crew: Klaire Tan, Wang Liansheng, Fang Weizhe
Transcriber: Sonia Kwek

(Source: The Necessary Stage Programme)

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Haresh Sharma
Alvin Tan
Vincent Lim
Set Designer
Philip Tan
Sound Designer
Suven Chan
Lighting Designer
Najib Soiman
Devisor, Performer
Neo Swee Lin
Devisor, Performer
Rodney Oliveiro
Devisor, Performer


Singapore Arts Festival (2010), Programme
Programme for Singapore Arts Festival (2010). 
National Arts Council
Recorded: 14 May 2010
Those Who Can't, Teach (2010), Flyer
Flyer for Those Who Can't, Teach (2010). 
The Necessary Stage
Recorded: 19 May 2010
Those Who Can't, Teach (2010), Programme
Programme for Those Who Can't, Teach (2010). 
The Necessary Stage
Recorded: 19 May 2010