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Staging Character and Identity: Documenting "The TRUE Awards"
The prologue of The T.R.U.E. (The Rightful Unifying Excellence) Awards is a gestural extravaganza: One performer drags her feet along the floor as if she is wearing a ball and chain, one shakes hands with an imaginary crowd, and one mimes a glass ceiling above her. Of the seven characters on stage, one stands over the rest on a platform, in a clear position of power: This is Meera Krishnan, past recipient of the T.R.U.E. Awards, played by Tamil theatre actress and dancer Swathi Mahaganapathy.
Ashie Singh, Charmaine Teo, Jade Ow Yanhui, Joshua Seow, Kevin Tay, Ong Shi Han, Swathi Mahaganapathy
Published: 25 May 2024
Not a Peranakan Play?: Rehearsing Identity in 'Mari Kita Main Wayang'
Mari Kita Main Wayang (Let’s Stage a Play) is the kind of production that can only emerge from this specific part of the world. It is a riot of textures, tongues, and traditions that represents what it means to be part of the former Straits Settlements, and all the negotiations and tensions that come with this heritage in the modern era. What audience members saw at the Singtel Waterfront Theatre over the course of a brief three-day run, however, was only the tip of the iceberg. Mari Kita Mai
Nien Yuan Cheng
Published: 5 March 2024
Singapore Theatre in 2023
People, Prices and Time 2023 marks the seventh year that Centre 42 maps the wide range of local theatre productions staged in one calendar year. On 13 February 2023, Singapore stepped down all COVID-related requirements - with the pandemic well and truly behind us, we look at how things have changed for the scene (or not). This year's focus comes down to three important aspects of local theatre - the people; the ticket prices; the amount of time we spend in the theatre. More on t
Centre 42
Published: 29 December 2023
Restaging Past Perfect - An Interview with Casey Lim & Robin Loon
This October, The Vault: Past Perfect returns after its first run under the Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA) in May 2023. We say farewell to two of the original performers, while Nelson Chia, Oniatta Effendi, and Serene Chen gather once more to reflect on their journey through theatre in the 1990s. A new script brings us more tidbits and artefacts from the 90s - a decade of growth and experimentation in Singapore theatre - and expanded scenes! 
Adelyn Tan
Published: 18 September 2023
Main Tulis Group: Past and Present
Main Tulis Group Past and Present is a conversation on playwriting and being playwrights, between 3 former members of MTG - Adib Kosnan, Johnny Jon Jon and Zulfadli Rashid (Big) - with 3 current members of MTG - Hazwan Norly, Nessa Anwar and Sab Dzulkifli. Main Tulis Group was founded by Nabilah Said as a playwright’s circle in 2016. The discussion took place in English and Malay, and all Malay parts have been translated by Nessa Anwar. Parts of the conversation have been edited for clarity.
Published: 11 July 2023
Main Tulis Group: The plays and playwrights we love
As a collective, we have always been very big on supporting and being cheerleaders for our fellow playwrights in the scene. In this open love letter, we list our favourite local plays - the ones that made us fall in love with theatre, and have touched us irrevocably, as both audience members and playwrights. This list also reflects our respective starting points in theatre, as most of these came to us in our early years in the scene. These plays that have moved us serve as sources of inspiration, learning,
Published: 11 July 2023
A Decade of Theatre For Seniors: A Journey of Aesthetics and Innovation in Later Life
Theatre For Seniors (TFS) was a programme started by The Necessary Stage (TNS) in 2008. TFS started out as a three year training programme for older persons to learn theatre skills and become practitioners of theatre. It has since reached an estimated 40 seniors, and can boast of at least 10 formal public performances presented by TNS, alongside commissions to perform at local events such as PassionArts and also at eldercare Homes. This article is based on a study of TFS, which asserts that in later life
Felicia Low
Published: 19 June 2023
POTTY 趴地 | Reflection by ZOBO Company
Quiet quitting, 躺平,摆烂… 他们说我们是没有用的年轻人 They call us useless, the wasted youth.  In a world that demands us to be productive, that attaches value to our productivity, what does it mean to be idle? Can we be idle? What does it mean to do “nothing”?  How do we confront the ugly feelings inside of us? This disgust, this anger, this neediness, this jealousy…  How do we articulate this disgust deep within us - how do we become human again amidst this nothingness? 我们是没有用的年轻人. ZOBO Co
Published: 27 April 2023
Red Pen, Blue Pen: The Politics of Having The Last Word in Tan Tarn How’s Plays
In the programme booklet for the 1993 production of The Lady of Soul and Her Ultimate ‘S’ Machine, Tan Tarn How writes:
Published: 8 April 2023

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