Another Country (2015)

25 June 2015 – 11 July 2015 @ Drama Centre Theatre


50 years ago, Singapore and Malaysia divorced after a brief marriage of two years. But, doomed lovers that we are, we just can’t stay away from each other, no matter how often we squabble over water, airspace and food. We toil in each other’s cities, relax on each other’s islands and get fined on each other’s roads. We laugh at each other’s laws but envy each other’s liberties; separated by history, we are united by our dreams for a better home.

Directed by Singapore’s Ivan Heng and Malaysia’s Jo Kukathas, Another Country takes us on a trip through our shared memories and divergent dreams with the most provocative, humorous and unlikely texts, curated by Singaporean playwright Alfian Sa’at and Malaysian playwright Leow Puay Tin.

From Singapore, we have texts taken from a Catherine Lim short story, a Michael Chiang play, the Singapore Ministry of Culture’s anthem to our glorious but short-lived union in 1963 and more, all to be delivered by a cast of Malaysia’s most acclaimed actors.

Meanwhile, five of Singapore’s finest actors boldly tackle the Malaysian texts, which include excerpts from a Jit Murad play, Mark Teh’s salutation and Tunku Abdul Rahman’s recounting of his dream before the race riots of 13 May 1969.

Will we find more similarities, or more things to squabble over? Will we recognise our homes in each other’s stories? To whom do these stories belong? And, most important of all… to whom does Hainanese chicken rice really belong?


FROM SINGAPORE: Sharda Harrison, Gani Karim, Janice Koh, Lim Yu-Beng, Siti Khalijah Zainal
FROM MALAYSIA: Ghafir Akbar, Sharifah Amani, Anne James, Alfred Loh, Iedil Putra

Creative Team

Directors: Ivan Heng & Jo Kukathas
Curators/Playwrights: Alfian Sa’at & Leow Puay Tin

Lighting Designer: Adrian Tan
Multimedia Artists: Koo Chia Meng & Andrew Ng
Sound Designer: The Gunnery
Costume Designer: Ix Wong
Make-up Designer: Beno Lim (M.A.C)

Production Team 

Producers: Tony Trickett & June Tan
Production Manager: Leong Mun Hoi
Production Co-ordinator: Sai Sandhya Silvalingam
Production Assistants: Deena Shaqinah & Vivian War
Technical Manager: Terence Lau
Stage Manager: Justina Khoo
Assistant Stage Managers: Charlene Poh & Hoe Hui Ting

Multimedia Operator: Chris Yadao
Sound Design Consultant: Lorna Henderson
Sound Operator: Chua Chia Chern
Wardrobe Manager: Theresa Chan
Dresser: Tan Jia Hui
Publicity Manager (KL): Pang Khee Teik

(Source: Synopsis from Wild Rice Flyer and Credits from Wild Rice Programme)

other stagings



imagination (2015), Brochure
Brochure for imagination (2015).
Wild Rice
Recorded: 9 April 2015
Another Country (2015), Flyer
Flyer for Another Country (2015).
Wild Rice
Recorded: 25 June 2015
Another Country (2015), Programme
Programme for Another Country (2015).
Wild Rice
Recorded: 25 June 2015