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Acting Mad (Part of The Orange Production 2019)

August 9, 2019

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An event every day that begins at 12:00am, repeating until August 11, 2019


Dates: 7–10 August 2019, 8pm; 10-11 August 2019, 3pm

Mental illness does not discriminate. Although there is more access to information, many still suffer silently or face stigma when they come out with their illness. What is this experience like for actors in Singapore? Are they expected to just deal with their mental health issues because they are seen as ‘tortured artists’ and ‘so full of drama’?

Twenty actors who have experienced or are going through mental health issues were interviewed for this project. Acting Mad is based on the verbatim texts of these interviews.

Can sharing our stories, and creating theatre, be a form of solace and support?

Featuring: Al-Matin Yatim, Andre Chong, Karen Tan and Masturah Oli

Director: Haresh Sharma
Lighting Designer: Stella Cheung
Text: Haresh Sharma, Harris Albar and Maryam Noorhimli 

We are conscious that Acting Mad may contain moments pertaining to mental health and suicide that can be distressing for some individuals. If you would like to us to find out more, please do not hesitate to contact us at Tel: 6440 8115 or via email at admin@necessary.org

All correspondences and communications will be kept strictly private and confidential. Thank you.


August 9, 2019
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