The Vault: Sau(dara)

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5 October 2018 | 8:00pm
6 October 2018 | 5:00pm
6 October 2018 | 8:00pm
Black Box, Centre 42

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Thirty years ago, a remarkable English-language theatre production was staged in Singapore. Three Children, written by Malaysian playwright Leow Puay Tin, is a story about three grown-up siblings who return to their childhood home to confront their past.

The 1988 production of Three Children by TheatreWorks took many bold steps at a time when professional Singapore theatre was in its infancy. It brought together theatre powerhouses from both sides of the Causeway – Krishen Jit and Ong Keng Sen – who shared directing duties. Together with the cast, they created a boundary-pushing, multicultural work that challenged both local theatre and its audiences.

In 2018, young theatre company Bhumi Collective revisits Three Children. In homage to the 1988 production, the creative team draws from the original text and the performers’ childhood memories. Sau(dara) is an original work based on play and traditional Indonesian Pakarena dance, and features newly-composed music. Performed in English and Malay, English translation provided.

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Sau(dara) is a contemporary response to Leow Puay Tin's Three Children created by young theatre company Bhumi Collective. The creative team drew from the original text and the performers’ childhood memories, devising a work that is based on play and traditional Indonesian Pakarena dance. Sau(dara) also features newly-composed music.


Reading Materials
Programme Booklet

Programme Booklet for The Vault: Sau(dara)


Causeway Connections
From the birthright of cendol to maritime disputes, the relationship between Singapore and Malaysia can go from testy to downright tense. But our expulsion from the Federation in 1965 not only created two separate nations, it also gave rise to two English-language theatre scenes. Looking back on the history of Singapore theatre, the relationship between us and our northern neighbour plays a significant role, with works emerging from cross-Causeway competition and collaboration, as well as from the historica
Causeway Connections
Published: 11 January 2019
About Three Children (1987)
Three Children is about three grown-up siblings – two sisters and a brother – returning to their childhood home on Kappan Road in Malacca. There is no linear narrative in the play. Instead, the three characters (and a narrator) race through a mindboggling series of children’s songs, games and sketches.
About “Three Children”
Published: 27 September 2018
Singapore Theatre in the 1980s
The 1980s were an exciting time for Singapore theatre, and English-language drama in particular. In his essay Singapore English Theatre: Dynamic and Diverse, which traces the history of local English-language theatre, Robin Loon called the 80’s the “first golden age of Singapore theatre”, a period which would extend into the following decade. At the time, Singapore was emerging as a new economic powerhouse, and a young generation of English-educated Singaporeans were ready to create and consume thea
Daniel Teo
Published: 15 June 2018