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Aiswarya Nair and Drake Lim in Pathey Nimidam 2022. Image credit: Wisdom of Monkeys Production.

Contemporary Moves In Modern Singaporean Tamil Theatre

Hemang Yadav was involved in a recent development program, Tunjuk Arah/ Iyakkunar, for Malay and Indian theatre directors in Singapore. He shares his views and reflections on the current state of Singaporean Tamil theatre, and how the programme was an important platform, while also identifying some entrenched ideas underpinning the design of the masterclasses.

Podcast 104: Tartuffe: The Imposter

Critics Matthew Lyon, Nabilah Said and Naeem Kapadia discuss Wild Rice’s bold adaptation of Tartuffe: The Imposter by Molière in the latest ArtsEquator Theatre Podcast. In this latest ArtsEquator Theatre Podcast, Matthew Lyon, Nabilah Said and Naeem Kapadia discuss the recent production, Tartuffe: The Imposter, written by Molière and presented by Wild Rice. The cast …

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Podcast 103: The Glass Menagerie

Classic play The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams gets the Pangdemonium treatment. Critics Matthew Lyon, Nabilah Said and Naeem Kapadia discuss more in the latest ArtsEquator Theatre Podcast.  In this latest ArtsEquator Theatre Podcast, Matthew Lyon, Nabilah Said and Naeem Kapadia discuss the recent production The Glass Menagerie, written by Tennessee Williams and presented by …

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Opposition: Cycles of love, forces of change

Faezah Zulkifli dissects Opposition – a multilayered narrative of the relationships people have with one another, with themselves and the spaces they inhabit. This performance is the last of a trilogy of collaborations between The Necessary Stage and Drama Box. Light versus darkness, regularity versus irregularity, stability versus fluidity—from deconstructing binary oppositions to reconciling differences, …

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WINDOW by ATTEMPTS: A click away

“You walk into a black room. Right in the middle of that room, a laptop gleams dimly. A voice beseeches you to explore further.” What is WINDOW? WINDOW by ATTEMPTS   Or try clicking ANOTHER WINDOW WhatsApp Video 2022-03-03 at 5.44.45 PM Tags: attempts  Mental Health  online performance  Singapore Theatre  Video

Empathy is of the essence: Order On The Go by Erwin Shah Ismail

Singaporean performer and playwright Erwin Shah Ismail shares stories of food delivery riders in the promenade theatre piece, Order On The Go, which will see audiences moving around Kampong Gelam. Erwin hopes to make people more aware of their experiences, and calls for more empathy for these essential workers.

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Bound Theatre

Screen. Shot. at M1 Fringe 2022: Starve a fire, feed a flame

Rebecca G. reviews Bound Theatre’s newest work, which explores the darker elements of our always-connected lives : cancel culture, fake news, and modified behaviours, in an interactive performance that involved the audience to varying degrees of success. Our journey into the all-too-real world of Screen. Shot. starts before any audience member has even stepped foot …

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Bernie Ng

Bedside Banter: Cyril & Michael by Bridging the Gap Collective

By Naeem Kapadia (800 words, 2-minute read)  Two strangers meet on gay dating app Grindr and share an encounter in a hotel room. Except it’s not just fast, meaningless sex. Budding playwright and theatremaker Theo Chen’s assured two-hander, presented by Bridging the Gap Collective, is a deceptively simple play that slowly draws one into its …

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Podcast 95: Three Sisters and _T0701_ at SIFA 2021

In this episode of the ArtsEquator theatre podcast, Naeem Kapadia, Matthew Lyon and Nabilah Said discuss Three Sisters by Nine Years Theatre and _T0701_ by Zeugma, which were both part of SIFA 2021. Stream Podcast 95: ArtsEquator · Podcast 95: Three Sisters & T0701 at SIFA 2021 Also available on Spotify.   Podcast Transcript  Naeem: …

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The Second Breakfast Company

The frenemy’s handshake: The Singapore Trilogy as political theatre

My phone vibrated one night, with a notification that Singapore political party Workers’ Party (WP) was premiering a live video on Instagram. Curious, I tuned in – digital and social media being the default, on-tap mode of infotainment during the pandemic. It turned out to be an “office tour”, via live video feed, of LO …

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The Second Breakfast Company

Podcast 94: The Singapore Trilogy by The Second Breakfast Company

In the episode of the ArtsEquator theatre podcast, Nabilah Said, Matthew Lyon and Naeem Kapadia discuss The Singapore Trilogy by The Second Breakfast Company, which ran from March 11 to March 21 2021. Stream Podcast 94: ArtsEquator · Podcast 93: The Singapore Trilogy Also available on Spotify.   Podcast Transcript  Matthew Lyon (ML): Hello, everybody, …

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Podcast 92: Critics Live: OIWA by The Finger Players at SIFA 2021

Critics Alice Saville (UK), Amitha Amranand (TH), Matthew Lyon (SG) and Taisuke Shimanuki (JP) discuss OIWA: The Ghost of Yotsuya by The Finger Players, presented at Singapore International Festival of the Arts (SIFA). The performance took place from 28-30 May 2021 at Victoria Theatre, and from 5-20 June via video on demand. Critics Live! is …

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End of an epic journey: A Dream Under the Southern Bough: Existence

By Jocelyn Chng (1,180 words, 4-minute read)  Existence is the third instalment in the Southern Bough series commissioned by Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA). As its title implies, this third piece closes the full work with a more philosophical tone than in the previous two. The first instalment, The Beginning (2018), introduced the first …

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Podcast 90: Critics Live: The Year of No Return by The Necessary Stage at SIFA 2021

Singapore critics Clarissa Oon, Lee Shu Yu, Nabilah Said and Naeem Kapadia discuss The Year of No Return by The Necessary Stage, presented at Singapore International Festival of the Arts (SIFA). The performance took place from 21-22 May 2021 at Victoria Theatre, and from 5-20 June via video on demand. Critics Live! is a critics-led …

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The Sound Inside: Duet of life and loss

Filled to the brim at 25% capacity, Singapore Repertory Theatre’s Robertson Quay theatre was cold. The starched whiteness of Petrina Dawn Tan’s set — comprising piles of books that would function effectively as furniture, storage space, and the psychological landscapes of the play’s two characters — added to this austere atmosphere. I didn’t know what …

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