Type of work supported

We invite artists and practitioners to respond critically and personally to canonical Singapore classics, lesser known pieces and rarities, reworks and adaptations, and cross-cultural and cross-genres works. We are looking for proposals that:
Demonstrate a unique artist motivation and point of view for their choice of text .
Clearly articulates a research question behind the inquisition.
Work towards a presentation mode that is feasible to fulfill and deliver the response.
The Vault: The TRUE Awards
The TRUE Awards is a devised performance responding to A White Rose at Midnight.Lim Chor Pee's A White Rose at Midnight was first staged sixty years ago by the Experimental Theatre Club at the Cultural Centre Theatre. It centres around disillusioned English-educated scholar Lee Hua Min and his tumultuous relationship with Chinese-educated ex-nightclub singer Ching Mei. Written and staged in the uncertain, volatile years before Singapore became an independent country, A White Rose at Midnight is a humorous,
Start: 1 March 2024
The Vault: Past Perfect
The Vault: Past Perfect returns after its first run under the Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA) in May 2023. This time, expect more tidbits and artefacts from the 90s - a decade of growth and experimentation in Singapore theatre, and expanded scenes! 3 actors gather and they reflect on their journey through Theatre in the 1990s. With 20/20 hindsight, what did it mean to DO theatre in the 1990s? Why did they do what they do and more importantly, how? Without any rose-tinted glass, no mi
Start: 25 October 2023
The Vault: S.O.S.
S.O.S. is a devised performance responding to The Lady of Soul and Her Ultimate ‘S’ Machine. First staged thirty years ago in 1993, Tan Tarn How’s The Lady of Soul and Her Ultimate ‘S’ Machine is a political satire where Derek, the Chairman of ‘various committees and subcommittees’, is tasked with finding the soul of a nation. He finds himself debating if he should submit a recommendation that he feels is morally right and risk the consequences of going against the wishes of the government. After its
Start: 8 April 2023
The Vault: Yeast
Content Warning: Strong language, depictions of sexual violence, racial prejudices and suicide Yeast is an all female adaptation of the 2006 play Smegma.  Smegma was written by Elangovan and was originally slated to be staged by Agni Kootthu (Theatre of Fire) in 2006. The play is a series of ten vignettes depicting imbalances of power dynamics, socio-economic paradoxes and moral dilemmas.  In Yeast, playwright Euginia Tan has edited and dissected the play to put women at the forefront of
Start: 1 July 2022
The Vault: Rear View Mirrors
Rear View Mirrors comprises three devised performances responding to Chang & Eng: The Musical. First staged in 1997 by ACTION Theatre, Chang & Eng: The Musical is based on the lives of the Siamese twins, Chang and Eng Bunker, conjoined at birth and destined to spend every moment of their lives together. The musical traces the story of the twins’ childhood, marriage and their dreams of living separately. Written by Ken Low and Ming Wong, Chang & Eng: The Musical premiered in Singapore at V
Start: 8 April 2022
The Vault: The Interchange
All aboard the Waterloo Express! The year is 2065 and time travel has just arrived in Singapore. Take a journey to visit the cultural landmarks of Singapore through some of our most classic plays.  The Vault: The Interchange is a performance that revisits classics from the Singaporean theatre canon and explores the shared theme of losing culturally significant spaces. Just as Singapore’s landscape has been fast changing, so has its theatre reflected the transformation of these sites and how it
Start: 13 November 2021
The Vault: RE:CALL
The Vault: RE:CALL is an inter-disciplinary exploration of the creative synergies between dance and theatre. It is a performance response to the text Recalling Mother and its conceptual framework as a “living script”. First written and performed by Claire Wong and Noorlinah Mohamed in 2006, and in revised iterations later on in 2009, 2015 and 2016, Recalling Mother is an evolving text featuring two women telling stories about their mothers and the complexities in their relationships
Start: 21 August 2021
The Vault: Who's Asking? Who's Talking?
Marking the 30th anniversary of the Singapore premiere of Madame Mao’s Memories, Who’s Talking? Who’s Asking? comprises two original performances devised in response to the play. Written by Henry Ong in 1989, Madame Mao’s Memories is a monodrama based on accounts on the life of Jiang Qing (1914 – 1991), former Shanghainese actor, major Chinese political figure, and consort to the Chairman of the Communist Party, Mao Zedong. After the death of Mao in 1976, Jiang Qing was imprisone
Start: 9 April 2021
The Vault: Ties That Bind
The Vault: Ties That Bind comprises two short performances devised in response to Eleanor Wong’s Wills and Secession. This public presentation was to have taken place on 18 April 2020 at Teater Ekamatra’s Greymatter, but was cancelled due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Since January, eleven students of the National University of Singapore’s Theatre Studies TS3103 Theatre Lab have been engaging with the text and context of Wills and Secession. The play is the second work of Eleanor Wong’s landma
Start: 18 April 2020


What is this Residency about?

The Vault safe-keeps Singaporean works dating back to our early theatre years. The platform does not merely document the past but manifests as contemporary responses to these works presented at Centre 42 premises. The Centre invites artists and practitioners to respond critically and personally to canonical Singapore classics, lesser known pieces and rarities, reworks and adaptations, and cross-cultural and cross-genres works.

How do I apply to be a part of The Vault?

Given the limited resources, there is no open call for the The Vault Residency. If you wish to be a part of The Vault, or require more information, do email info@centre42.sg and we will get in touch with you to further discuss the project and its possibilities.

Where can I find articles related to the Vault?

With every Vault project, we take the opportunity to educate the public about Singapore theatre. In the lead up to every Vault presentation, we publish a series of articles providing information about:

  • The original Singaporean play(s) the artist is responding to;
  • The playwright of the original play;
  • The context in which the original play was first created and staged;
  • Theatremakers (individuals and groups) relevant to the original play; and
  • The Vault artists and their processes for creating their response.

You may find these articles linked within the relevant webpage for each Vault project.