The Orange Production
Gabriel Chia

Podcast 64: The Orange Production 2019

Duration: 37 min

In this latest podcast, ArtsEquator editor Nabilah Said and theatre reviewer Naeem Kapadia discuss the productions We Were So Hopeful Then (written by Ellison Tan and directed by Alvin Tan) and Acting Mad (with texts by Haresh Sharma, Harris Albar and Maryam Noorhimli and directed by Haresh Sharma), presented as part of The Orange Production 2019 by The Necessary Stage. Amongst other things, they talk about the role that developmental platforms such as The Orange Production play in the larger ecosystem of Singapore theatre, the value of turning the attention in both plays towards the industry itself and whether there was any “Bicentennial creep” into these works.

Other plays mentioned in the episode:

Forked (2019) by Jo Tan

Cook A Pot of Curry (2013) by Alfian Sa’at

Cooling-Off Day (2012) by Alfian Sa’at

Rant And Rave (2012/2014) by Chong Tze Chien

The Orange Production 2017: Drip by Nabilah Said & Whale Fall by Faith Ng

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We Were So Hopeful Then, part of The Orange Production 2019.
Photo: Gabriel Chia

 

We Were So Hopeful Then, part of The Orange Production 2019.
Photo: Gabriel Chia

 

Acting Mad, part of The Orange Production 2019.
Photo: Gabriel Chia

 

Acting Mad, part of The Orange Production 2019.
Photo: Gabriel Chia

 


We Were So Hopeful Then ran from 31 July to 4 August , and Acting Mad ran from 7–11 August, both at The Necessary Stage Black Box. The shows were presented by The Necessary Stage as part of its The Orange Production platform 2019.

About the author(s)

Nabilah Said is an award-winning playwright, editor and cultural commentator. She is also an artist who works with text across various artforms and formats. Her plays have been staged in Singapore and London, including ANGKAT, which won Best Original Script at the 2020 Life Theatre Awards. Nabilah is the former editor of ArtsEquator.

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

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