Critics Live!: A post-show response to The Year of No Return

Date: 9 Jun 2021, Wednesday
Time: 8pm (GMT+8)
Panelists: Clarissa Oon (SG), Lee Shu Yu (SG), Nabilah Said (SG), Naeem Kapadia (SG) 

Clarissa Oon (SG)

Clarissa Oon is an arts writer and Head of Communications and Content at Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay. She oversees Esplanade Offstage (, a streaming and archival site for Singapore and Asian performing arts. Prior to joining the arts centre, she was a journalist and theatre reviewer, and authored a book on the history of Singapore English-language theatre.

Lee Shu Yu (SG)

Shu Yu is a theatre practitioner based in Singapore. She is currently an arts manager with Centre 42 and was formerly a Citizen’s Reviewer. Also a co-founder of the ideation node Spacebar Theatre, Shu Yu’s interests include performance-making, stage management and documentation. She also enjoys bullet-journaling and dancing!

Nabilah Said (SG)

Nabilah Said is a Singaporean playwright, editor and poet. As a former arts correspondent for The Straits Times, Nabilah wrote reviews and covered theatre and dance. Her plays have been presented in Singapore and London by Teater Ekamatra, The Necessary Stage and Bhumi Collective. In 2016 she founded Main Tulis Group, Singapore’s first collective of playwrights writing in Malay and English. Nabilah holds an MA in Writing for Performance from Goldsmiths, University of London.

Naeem Kapadia (SG)

Naeem is an established arts reviewer and commentator who has been writing critically about theatre in Singapore since 2011. He runs a dedicated theatre blog, Crystalwords (, has contributed theatre reviews to publications such as arts journal The Flying Inkpot, Singapore newspaper TODAY and arts media company Arts Equator and participated in panel discussions for organisations like Centre 42. He currently sits on the Board of Directors of Arts Equator and also co-hosts a theatre podcast for the site.

ABOUT Critics Live!

Critics Live! is a critics-led programme series created by ArtsEquator to give arts audiences an insight into how critics formulate their responses to performances. Through Critics Live!, critics will share their experiences watching the show either in-venue or digitally, and discuss how the artists’ choices shape these respectively.   Critics Live! is open to public.