Sound Plot: True/South, A Collection of Audio Plays

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19 - 28 January 2024 | 10:00am - 7:00pm
Singapore Art Museum @ Level 1, Blk 39, Tanjong Pagar Distripark


As part of Singapore Art Week 2024, the Singapore Art Museum and Centre 42 are commissioning and producing a collection of original audio plays written in response to the geographical area of Tanjong Pagar/Pasir Panjang where the museum currently resides. 

From 19 - 28 Jan 2024, the Singapore Art Museum will host these audio plays in their premises. Each play will have an audio spot installation inviting visitors to plug in to a world of audio drama, connecting their physical site to imagined fictions and histories of adjacent sites.

The three short audio plays (of which the latter 2 were selected through our Open Call) are: 

"Sea Song"
by Joel Tan


Advisory: Contains some coarse language

Laurie and Scott settle into their new expatriate lives at Sentosa Cove only to discover that not all is as it seems. Beneath the ostentatious luxuries of modern Singapore lie the sea and the land seething in their grief; and as Laurie’s connection to them grows she discovers that this loss is collective and communal. 

Creative Team:

Playwright: Joel Tan
Director: Cherilyn Woo
Actors: Julie Wee, Daniel Jenkins, Ching Shu Yi, Serene Chen, Tysha Khan, Irsyad Dawood, Joel Tan

"Ghazal of the Banana Tree's Heart"
by Danial Matin


A solitary banana tree remains on the shore, the sole survivor amongst its compatriots, lost to the need for the space they occupied; a lone banana tree that is the last repository of the stories of those shores - of fishermen, turtles and the sea itself. Alone it sings the same refrain - but who listens?

Creative Team:

Playwright: Danial Matin
Director: Grace Kalaiselvi
Actors: Suhaili Safari & Shahid Nasheer

"Fragments of a Singaporean Hainanese"
by Wang Liansheng


At the opening of a new exhibition on the Hainanese community in Singapore, memories are excavated through the stories of three Hainanese immigrants of different generations, their connections to an island they left for another, and the sea that connects them. 

Creative Team:

Playwright: Wang Liansheng
Director: Lim Shien Hian
Actors: Jalyn Han, Hang Qian Chou, Rino Junior John, Mitchell Fang

Behind the Scenes

Five persons wearing headphones seated around a table, facing their laptops and cellphones.

Actors Tysha Khan, Julie Wee, Daniel Jenkins and Serene Chen recording Sea Song, with direction from Cherilyn Woo, on 21 November.

Five persons seated around a table with microphones positioned in front of two of them. They are smiling at the camera.

All smiles from actors Jalyn Han and Rino Junior John, director Lim Shien Hian, and the Artwave team after a successful recording session of Fragments of a Singaporean Hainanese  on 4 December.

Five persons seated around a table, two facing the table, three posing dramatically.

Actors Suhaili Safari and Shahid Nasheer dramatically enacting one of the scenes from Ghazal of the Banana Tree's Heart during a recording session on 14 December.

Two persons setting up two tall installation boards.

Setting up the True/South installation boards for Singapore Art Week at the Singapore Art Museum on 19 January! 


Ng Sze Min
Audio Producer
Pan Zai'En
Audio Producer
Joel Tan
Playwright, Actor
Wang Liansheng
Danial Matin
Cherilyn Woo