Records of an Archive Intern
“Where do we start?” This is an all-encompassing question that is relevant not just in the context of this essay but also frequently visited during my internship at Centre 42 from January to May 2022, working on the Centre 42 Archive of Singapore Theatre (Archive).  I decided to venture into this internship as part of my final-year thesis data collection and experience exposure towards the roles and significance of theatre archives in Singapore. Assigned to be part of the Archive team (with Eugen
Published: 18 January 2023
The Act of Archival: Theatre Archives in Singapore
Archive as if the future depends on it. – Lisbet Tellefsen  What is an archive? Different organisations would each define the word differently, with varying levels of specificity. Merriam-Webster defines an ‘archive’ quite simply as ‘a repository or collection, especially of information’. Archives come in many different shapes and forms, but all ultimately come down to collecting and storing material so it will not be lost.  What kind of material can an archive contain? What makes
Adelyn Tan
Published: 18 January 2023
The Taming of the Mess: One Year on the Archive
Over a year ago, the C42 Archive of Singapore Theatre was announced with the article “Bless this Mess: a vision for an archive on Singapore theatre”. We were frank about the frustrating and messy process of developing the Archive, but we powered through and finally publicly launched the Archive last year on 11 January 2022, alongside the reveal of a revamped C42 website. Since then, our efforts have been focused on growing this record of Singapore’s theatre history, all the while making information accessib
Published: 18 January 2023
#archieologist Round-Up
The Centre 42 Archive of Singapore Theatre is a treasure trove of information. Having amassed a large collection of digitised collaterals and other artefacts related to Singapore’s theatre history, the Archive is shaping up to be a rich resource for anyone interested in delving into research on or finding out more about Singapore theatre.  We created the #archieologist series in 2022 as a way of promoting the use of the Archive by drawing attention to the different types of material and information
Published: 18 January 2023
Singapore Theatre in 2022
Back to Live, Back to Normality (?) With 2022 seeing the gradual easing of pandemic restrictions across the world, theatres in Singapore have welcomed audiences back in full for the first time since 2020. In tracking Singapore Theatre in 2022, we have seen a total of 137 shows, including: 123 live performances 8 digital theatrical performances (these includes performances that were performed live online or pre-recorded for streaming/video on demand) 4 hybrid theatrical performances (simultaneou
Centre 42
Published: 20 December 2022
Dissecting Secretions — An Interview with Euginia for The Vault: Yeast
“Honestly speaking, I feel like I am the last person I thought would adapt an Elangovan play.” Euginia Tan, the playwright of Yeast, muses as she considers if she had any hesitations on embarking on The Vault: Yeast, her adaptation of the 2006 play Smegma into an all female cast. Through the process of rehearsing for the dramatised reading up to the presentation, we checked in with Euginia to learn more about her thoughts on working with the original text of Smegma to develop this response.
Published: 15 August 2022
Embarking on Yeast
It’s difficult to start on an essay around female violence- mainly because I don’t want to believe it can exist. As a woman, perhaps I’ve also been nurtured to be conservative on that aspect: Women are, after all, upheld with a certain grace and ethic, especially in terms of family-making. I think highly of women, and identify as a woman writer. What would it mean for me to question the sanctity of a woman’s place?  About seven to eight years ago, I watched an interview by Barbara Walters with Mary
Published: 30 June 2022
CITRUS practising 101
About a year ago, 19 of us came together under the loose name of the ‘Care & Intimacy working group’. We had a rough proposal to spend the 12 months of the residency convening in smaller sub-groups, and we thought we might do some or all of these: mapping out the ‘care landscape’ in the local arts scene, organising practice sessions, and engaging with other individuals and organisations in the arts to advocate for broader and deeper adoption of care practices.  Fast forward to now (March 2022),
Published: 29 March 2022
Singapore Arts Emerging from the "Great Pause"
On 18 December 2021, Centre 42, ArtsEquator and Channel NewsTheatre (in collaboration with Artwave Studio) jointly presented Year in Review 2021: JENG JENG JENG - a series of on-air conversations about Singapore theatre broadcast ‘live’ on Channel NewsTheatre’s Telegram channel. While Year in Review continued its tradition of reflecting on productions put up by the Singapore theatre community in the past year, time was also specially dedicated to discussing some issues that affect arts workers across discip
Nabilah Said, Ke Weiliang, Lee Shu Yu
Published: 29 March 2022

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