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Weekly Picks: Singapore (26 March – 1 April 2018)

Alice in Wonderland by L’arietta, Aliwal Arts Centre, 29 Mar – 1 Apr

This Easter, take a trip down the rabbit hole with your kids and your parents as Lewis Carroll’s classic tale of whimsy and wonder come to life again, reimagined into a 75-minute opera with a modern spin, which promises to be fantastical fun for all the family. Homegrown chamber opera group L’arietta Productions presents the Southeast Asian premiere of this operatic adaption, originally composed by Robert Chauls in 1978. Emerging performers in the local opera scene take the stage alongside seasoned veterans such as Leslie Tay, Brent Allcock and Akiko Otao. The production also features the works of acclaimed video artist Pandora Wong, hats from The Girl With The Hat, and hand-painted costumes from Namiko Takahashi Chan.

For further details and more information on ticketing, visit Peatix.

Of Men and Martians (March) by soft/WALL/studs and Void Deck Games, 29 Mar – 1 Apr

Imagine a world in 2071 where Earth is on its last (figurative) legs and the only hope for humankind is in the colonisation of the planet Mars.

Audience-players are invited to rise to the challenge to take charge of the “Federated States of Mars”. Imagine and manifest your idea of the ideal brave new world. “We must dream and enact other ways of being in the world, and ultimately new worlds.”

Of Men & Martians is an intimate role-playing game of political intrigue, world building and crisis management. Players take on one of 9 roles, which means  there are only 9 players per game. More information here.

A Good Death presented by Esplanade’s The Studios, Esplanade Theatre Studio, 29 Mar – 1 Apr

With the theme “Between Living and Dying”, Esplanade’s the Studios 2018 series features five deep and thought-provoking works by five female creators: Edith Podesta, Faith Ng, Kaylene Tan, Michelle Tan, and Zizi Azah.

A Good Death, written by Faith Ng and directed by Chen Yingxuan, follows Dr Leong, a palliative care doctor, as she journeys with her patients through their final days. As they open up to her about their hopes and fears, her own family begins to argue over what is best for their ageing parents. We enjoyed the warmth, depth and sensitivity of Faith Ng’s work in Normal, so we’re excited for this production. More information here.

Weekly Picks: Singapore 26 March 1 April 2018

March Open Rehearsal by Tapestry Playback Theatre, Toa Payoh Central Community Centre Level 2 Dance Studio, 31 Mar, 7pm

 

No prior performing experience is needed to join in this opportunity to learn and practise Playback Theatre with Tapestry Playback Theatre. Playback Theatre is a type of community performance where someone shares a moment, and performers will play it back incorporating movement, sound, music, cloth and embodiment. Through a creative transformation, seemingly ordinary stories find new depth and meaning when re-enacted. To learn more from Tapestry’s artistic director Michael Cheng, have a listen to our podcast interview from last year. Sign language interpretation is available during these open rehearsals. Find out more (and register for a place, as it’s limited!) here.

 

Balli Kaur Jaswal & Robin Hemley: A Free Public Reading, LASALLE College of the Arts (Ngee Ann Kongsi Library, Block F Level 4), 28 Mar, 7:30pm

SingLit took the spotlight in March with the inaugural #BuySingLit festival and Hollywood celebrity Reese Witherspoon assigning Singaporean writer Balli Kaur Jaswal’s latest novel Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows as her Book Club selection for this month. This Wednesday evening, Balli Kaur Jaswal is joined by acclaimed author and director of the Writing Programme at Yale-NUS College, Robin Hemley, for a free reading organised by the MA Creative Writing programme at LASALLE College of the Arts.

 

Find out more at the Facebook event page.

 

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