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TheatreWorks presents: ‘The Reunification of the Two Koreas’

In one month’s time, TheatreWorks proudly presents The Reunification Of The Two Koreas! The second play of our BECAUSE I LOVE YOU Season.

The Reunification Of The Two Koreas by Joël Pommerat is a patchwork of twenty short scenes revolving around an unuttered question: what are human relationships made of?

A woman wants a divorce because there was never any love between her and her husband, on her wedding day a bride discovers her fiancé had an affair with each of her four sisters, a mother is stunned when she learns her husband is happy with their son joining the army and risking his life at war, two best friends get into a savage fight because one of them recalls their first encounter, a prostitute bargains down her services to hook a client-

What are those bonds that lead us to love, hate, help, betray, care, flee, fight, abuse or lie? Each scene explores situations where a relationship is challenged, drawing us into a maze where appeased relations between humans seem as primal, desirable and quixotic as the reunification of the two Koreas.

The Reunification Of The Two Koreas is a co-production between TheatreWorks and Centre Dramatique National de Tours (CDNT). It is directed by Jacques Vincey, Artistic Director of CDNT, translated into English by Marc Goldberg, and performed by Cynthia Lee Macquarrie, Ebi Shankara, Karen Tan, Janice Koh, Pavan J Singh, Tan Shou Chen, Timothy Nga, Umi Kalthum Ismail and Zelda Tatiana Ng.

Event Information:
Thu, 1 – Sun, 11 Nov 2018
Wed – Fri: 8pm
Sat: 3pm & 8pm
Sun: 3pm Venue: 72-13, Mohmamed Sultan Road, Singapore 239007

Duration:          2 hours 30 minutes (with intermission)
Rating : Advisory 16 (Some Mature Content and Coarse Language)

Purchase your tickets on SISTIC today!


TheatreWorks presents its 2018 Season, BECAUSE I LOVE YOU, with two plays – 13.13.13 by Shen Tan and The Reunification Of The Two Koreas by Joël Pommerat.

More information available at www.becauseiloveyou.sg

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TheatreWorks presents THE GOOD FARMER, a winning play of 2017’s 24-Hour Playwriting Competition

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THE GOOD FARMER

Written by Christopher Chee | Directed by Grace Kalaiselvi

TheatreWorks’ Performance Tour is back in March this year! We bring to the community The Good Farmer, a winning play from TheatreWorks’ well-established 24-Hour Playwriting Competition in 2017.

Touring since 2009, the Performance Tour has featured social issues that resonate with audiences in the heartlands. In the past years, we have dealt with issues such as mental health, mixed marriages and their prejudices, and inter-generational relationships, to name a few. With The Good Farmer, TheatreWorks continues its commitment to raise awareness of human and social issues through the arts and to provide an open and inviting platform for the discussion of these topics.

The Good Farmer explores sibling rivalry and favouritism in the family. Tensions arise when twin brothers Jacob and Joseph are placed into different streams after Primary Four, and Jacob begins to feel that their father favours his twin, Joseph.

Playwright Christopher shares, “The Good Farmer is partly inspired by my experience growing up as an elder sibling, as well as by conversations with relatives and friends about their opinions of being treated or treating themselves according to the order of their birth. The position of the elder sibling is rather paradoxical; you are expected to perform better than your younger siblings despite your parents’ lack of parenting experience and the lack of older siblings to learn from. As an older sibling you are expected to be taller, wiser, stronger and more responsible just on the basis of age”.

It’s inevitable that siblings are compared to one another, but where do you draw the line? Is sibling rivalry considered healthy competition? What if that’s mixed together with favouritism? Will Dad ever admit that he has a favourite?

The Good Farmer brings up questions about family, relationships and attitudes that many people choose not to answer…

As part of the performances, post-show discussions after each performance will be held. We hope that the performance becomes a catalyst for audiences to reflect and discuss the issues brought up during the play.

Synopsis
Jacob Teo and Joseph Teo, identical twins but born minutes apart. Jacob on 30th June and Joseph on 1st July.Out of convenience, their birthdays were celebrated on the same day each year on 1st July… starting from when they were 11, the year they were separated into EM1 and EM2, all the way till adulthood.

One child excelled in his studies while the other struggled to keep up.  Average Jacob Teo versus Public Service Commission scholar Joseph Teo.

Was it favouritism or inferiority complex that made them different? And what happens when one child goes missing? The Good Farmer, brings up questions that many people choose not to answer.

For more information, please visit:
https://thegoodfarmer2018.wordpress.com
Free Admission: Reserve your tickets at

Performance Details:

Marine Parade Community Centre, Theatrette
8 Mar, Thu, 8pm
9 Mar, Fri, 8pm
10 Mar, Sat, 3pm & 8pm

Mountbatten Community Centre, Performance Centre
15 Mar, Thu, 8pm
16 Mar, Fri, 8pm
17 Mar, Sat, 3pm & 8pm

SingPost Centre, Theatrette
23 Mar, Fri, 3pm & 8pm
24 Mar, Sat, 3pm & 8pm

 

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The Prize Presentation of the 24-Hour Playwriting Competition!

Our judges for the 24-Hour Playwriting Competition are hard at work reading all the submitted scripts, and will soon come to a decision on the winners!

The Prize Presentation of the Competition will be on Saturday, 4th November 2017, and we invite everyone to join us as we announce the winners!

Date: Saturday, 4 November 2017
Time: 4.00pm to 6.00pm
Venue: 72-13, Mohamed Sultan Road Singapore 239007

Programme:
4.00pm Arrival of Guests
4.30pm Arrival of Guest-of-Honour
4.35pm Welcome Address
4.40pm Comments from the Judges
4.50pm  Reading of Excerpts of Winning Scripts
5.20pm Prize Presentation
5.30pm Tea Reception
6.00pm End of Programme

Please RSVP your attendance to Ezzat at ezzat@theatreworks.org.sg by Wednesday 1 November 2017.

 

TheatreWorks presents: OFF KILTER

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TheatreWorks is thrilled to announce our upcoming production in October! Helmed by internationally acclaimed performer Ramesh Meyyappan. Fresh from its run in Glasgow, where it garnered rave reviews, Off Kilter features Ramesh’s unique style of performance – an eclectic mix of visual and physical theatre.

…the sheer artistry Meyyappan brings to his performance – and the power of Joel Nah’s supporting score and soundscape… makes Off Kilter a profoundly absorbing and moving show.” – The Scotsman, Glasgow

Ramesh is an artist who seeks out courage, hope and redemptive transformation in his story telling …one of his (Ramesh Meyyappan) finest performances yet.”                      – The Herald, Glasgow

“Jaw-dropping display of both pure physical comedy and magic… devastating moments of beauty, humour and pathos …this is a timely, deeply heartfelt gem.”                               The List, Glasgow

“A brilliant physical performer, Meyyappan’s control and expressiveness of movement are magnetic, and he emanates a warmth and humour that constantly invites empathy.”  – Exeunt Magazine

“The work I have been creating is purely visual – the stories and narratives tend to focus on us – what it is to be human, human stories that we all can relate to,” explains Meyyappan. Off Kilter explores mental well-being, identity, feeling a little bit different from everyone else and not quite being yourself.

At work and at home, Joe Kilter has his routine. Some people think Joe is obsessive. Joe would prefer not to be thought of at all. A change in his routine turns his world askew. His life is no longer his own, his house is knocked sideways and he’s off his game. Joe Kilter is off-kilter. Feeling increasingly isolated, his life feels impossible until he is forced to exist in darkness.

Off Kilter is a darkly comedic visual theatre production, incorporating illusions and masterful non-verbal storytelling. Ramesh Meyyappan is a master of physical theatre, award-winning actor, and internationally renowned visual theatre artist. His last major work, Butterfly, played to sold out audiences in the UK, USA, Singapore and at the Edinburgh Fringe.

Performance Details:
11 – 14 October 2017
8pm
Approximately 60 minutes with no intermission
72-13, Mohamed Sultan Road Singapore 239008

Ticketing Details:
$35 (Standard)
$25 (Concession for Students, Seniors above 62 years

20% Early Bird Discount: 10 – 31 August 2017

Tickets available on sale on all SISTIC Channels.
(Prices exclude SISTIC handling fee).

TheatreWorks presents: The Roundest Circle

As we march onwards to July, TheatreWorks is thrilled to present a brand new work – The Roundest Circle by Eng Kai Er, Faye Lim and Felicia Lim!

Straying from the norm is the norm for TheatreWorks Associate Artist Eng Kai Er. Kai shares about the Associate Artist programme  “the open-ness of the Associate-ship allows us (Faye, Felicia and I) to explore what we are interested in, without pre-determining any theme that we should base ourselves off. It has been a very luxurious period of investigation, conversation and of course, dancing too!

In her latest work, Kai, Faye and Felicia challenge themselves by breaking all structure and taking out a key figure – the ‘leader’ from their decision making process. With no designated leader, they perform simultaneous leading and following, sharing and giving up physical and creative space.

What will be the outcome? Is the absence of a leader possible in making a performance?

Join us in this journey of discovery with Kai, Faye and Felicia as they venture into the undiscovered and the unchartered.


Performance Details:
27 & 28 July 2017
(Thursday and Friday)
8pm

Venue:
72-13 Mohamed Sultan Road, Singapore 239007

Tickets:
$15 Standard
$10 Concessions for Student and Senior Citizens above 62 years old

To book your tickets, email theroundestcircle@theatreworks.org.sg or call us at 6737-7213.

Find out more about The Roundest Circle at our engagement blog here!


The Roundest Circle marks Kai’s third full production with TheatreWorks, after INDULGENCE (2015) and She Ain’t Heavy, She’s Reaching Into Space (2016), as part of her Associate-ship. TheatreWorks believes it is crucial to extend support to independent artists and does so through its Associate Artist Programme – a long-term platform to nurture and build the creative capacity of performance makers. It is a platform to enable artists to create boundary-pushing works. Past associates include Choy Ka Fai, Joavien Ng, Vertical Submarine and Charles Lim.

TheatreWorks Associate Artists have access to resources and opportunities for artistic research and for developing their works. We intend to constantly build on our circle of Associates, and in developing them, we grow and develop the Singapore arts ecosystem.

At 72-13 this week – OFF KILTER by Ramesh Meyyappan

Award-winning actor and master of physical theatre Ramesh Meyyappan returns with an exciting new work, OFF KILTER!

OFF KILTER is a dark, comedic, highly physical, visual theatre production, incorporating masterful non-verbal storytelling. Catch the work-in-progress showing at 72-13 next week, before it premieres in Glasgow!

Register for a seat today!

Date: 4 & 5 May 2017
Time: 8pm
Venue: 72-13 Mohamed Sultan Road

 

ArtsPicks this week – The Roundest Circle!

Looking for something to do tonight – Friday, 21 April? Or tomorrow Saturday 22 April?

Come on down to TheatreWorks home, 72-13 and catch our brand new work – The Roundest Circle! Presented by dance artists Eng Kai Er, Faye Lim and Felicia Lim.

Come witness as they translate their shared knowledge into a unified performance. The work is rooted in their practice of dance improvisation and driven by curiosity, collaboration, and contestation of ideas.

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Kai Er, Faye and Felicia are at the halfway point of their project due for presentation in July. In this April work-in-progress showing, see what they have been exploring from January to April! And in the post-performance dialogue, tell them what you think!

Email ezzat@theatreworks.org.sg to reserve your seats now!


The Roundest Circle is part of TheatreWorks’ Associate Artist Programme and TheatreWorks’ long established belief in developing and nurturing Singapore artists. It is also part of TheatreWorks’ aim to present innovative contemporary experiences and artistic expression that offer Singapore audiences alternatives. Its home, 72-13 is an incubator for artistic experiments by both artists and creative, while being a consistent conduit for dialogues between disciplines and cultures.

TheatreWorks presents its brand new work – The Roundest Circle

This week at 72-13, TheatreWorks presents its latest work, The Roundest Circle!

In The Roundest Circle, three dance artist – Eng Kai Er, Faye Lim, and Felicia Lim convene and disperse in an attempt to arrange and re-arrange their interests, ideas, curves, lines and edges next to, under and on top of each other. With no clear leader within the 3, they perform simultaneous leading and following, all the while taking, sharing and giving up physical and creative space. Will you see one, two or three?

Kai Er, Faye and Felicia are at the halfway point of their project due for presentation in July. In this April work-in-progress showing, see what they have been exploring from January to April! And in the post-performance dialogue, tell them what you think!

Date: 21 & 22 April 2017 (Friday & Saturday)
Time: 8pm
Venue: 72-13, Home of TheatreWorks (72-13 Mohamed Sultan Road)

Admission by invite only. Request yours by emailing to ezzat@theatreworks.org.sg


The Roundest Circle is part of TheatreWorks’ Associate Artist Programme and TheatreWorks’ long established belief in developing and nurturing Singapore artists. It is also part of TheatreWorks’ aim to present innovative contemporary experiences and artistic expression that offer Singapore audiences alternatives. Its home, 72-13 is an incubator for artistic experiments by both artists and creative, while being a consistent conduit for dialogues between disciplines and cultures.

Come speak with Associate Artist Eng Kai Er tomorrow!

As you probably would have seen from our Facebook Page, we will be starting off our 2017 season with an engaging artist talk by Eng Kai Er – our very own Associate Artist!

‘A Conversation with Eng Kai Er’ will be happening tomorrow, 5 April 2017, 8pm at 72-13, Mohamed Sultan Road. Admission is free, but for a hassle-free registration do reserve your seats by emailing ezzat@theatreworks.org.sg  or you could also just walk in tomorrow too!

More on the talk – Kai will be sharing on her latest venture in running a performing arts studio – Make It Share It (MISI). Other than discussing MISI’s programmes from a personal perspective, Kai will also be expressing her love and thinking of body-based communication, performance, and labour; as well as her thoughts of exclusion/inclusion in the performing arts, and the conditions of the current arts ecosystem.

Here’s a little sneak peak on what Kai will be presenting tomorrow!

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What are your thoughts on this?

 

Don’t miss out on this session as Eng Kai Er highlights the parallels and contradictions between performance-making and running a studio.

Come broaden and share your perspectives with us on Kai’s talk tomorrow!



This talk is organised as part of Eng Kai Er’s Associateship with TheatreWorks – a platform to nurture and build the creative capacity of performance makers.

PopSpoken: Raemae Kok Tackling Racism In Her Play ‘Mixed’

Thank you to Popspoken & Dawn Teo for speaking with Raemae, playwright of our Performance Tour of Mixed.

A play about the racial divide and shedding light on interracial marriages, Mixed is Raemae Kok‘s entry for the TheatreWorks 19th Annual 24-Hour Playwriting Competition in 2016Youth Category. Being one of the winning entries, the play has been staged at various locations since February 2017. Starting conversations and opening up a topic that the nation conveniently sweeps under the carpet, we applaud the heart and effort behind the play and this staging………

Read the whole article here: Raemae Kok Tackling Racism In Her Play ‘Mixed’


We’ve had two great weeks of Mixed – first at Marine Parade CC and then at the Eurasian Community House. This week we’re at our last venue – Mountbatten CC!

We are fully subscribed for Mountbatten CC but please try your luck at the door as we will have some return tickets!

9 Mar 2017 – 8pm
10 Mar 2017 – pm
11 Mar 2017 – 3pm & 8pm

Find out more about this performance today!