In the Living Room: Three Children

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7 - 17 October 2018 | 5:00 - 6:30pm
Black Box, Centre 42

Admission price: Give-What-You-Can
(Cash only, at the door)


From how the work was created to what audiences saw onstage, the 1988 TheatreWorks production of Three Children was ahead of its time. The project, jointly led by Krishen Jit and Ong Keng Sen, saw the actors put through three months of rigorous training and devising sessions. When Three Children opened on 11 November, audiences and critics lauded the production’s unconventional, nonlinear storytelling and its bold mix of Chinese opera and Western stage techniques.

Thirty years after this landmark production, our Living Room will play host to Leow Puay Tin, the playwright of Three Children, Loong Seng Onn, actor in the 1992 touring production, and Claire Wong, actor in the 1988 and 1992 productions. Together with theatre academic Robin Loon, the four will chat about this remarkable play, from its conception, development and reception, to its impact on today’s theatre landscape.

The Living Room is a programme by Centre 42 that welcomes chat and conversation. Through focused but casual dialogues and face-to-face exchanges, this programme encourages participants to re-examine trends, happenings, people (on & off-stage) and phenomena in Singapore theatre.

To mark the 30th anniversary of Three Children, In the Living Room: Three Children is accompanied by The Vault: Sau(dara) on 5 and 6 October. Created by Bhumi Collective, Sau(dara) is a contemporary response to Three Children based on play and traditional Indonesian Pakarena dance, and features newly-composed music.

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On the 30th anniversary of the TheatreWorks production of Three Children, playwright Leow Puay Tin, actors Claire Wong and Loong Seng Onn, and theatre academic Robin Loon, gather to chat about this landmark work in Singapore Theatre.


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